National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR) – System Dynamics Training

Are you a PhD student interested in System Dynamics, undertaking research with a strong mathematical content?
The National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR), the will be holding a 2 ½ day System Dynamics in July 2018. More details will be circulated as they become available.
NATCOR provides UK-based taught courses for PhD students and early career researchers working in Operational Research (OR) and related areas, such as statistics, applied probability, quantitative finance, industrial engineering and computer science. Further details about NATCOR and the courses they provide can be found at www.NATCOR.ac.uk.

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Past Events: 2017 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2017

THEME : 60 Years On, Still Looking Forward Seriously Modelling what Matters and Building Up the Field
VENUE: London South Bank University
DATE: Wednesday 5th April and Thursday 6th April

This was the 60th anniversary of the founding of System Dynamics by Jay Forrester, who died in November 2016, leaving behind a unique and precious legacy. Our tribute, this conference, covered contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also covered Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference was open to all, whether or they worked in System Dynamics.

Wednesday 5 April (am): Optional Session Getting Started Building Models

Led by Kim Warren, this session gave attendees a chance to get started in modelling.

Wednesday 5 April (pm): System Dynamics and the Real World

The opening session consisted of plenary addresses covering important subjects of interest to a wide audience. Speakers included:

 Thursday 6 April (all day): Taking Stock and Developing the Field

This day was interactive, and considered System Dynamics practice and education in more depth:

Student Presentations

Posters

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Chapter Event: System Dynamics Brexit Challenge & Economics Presentation

The next event in our regular series of presentations and networking opportunities is to be held at:

Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, John Galsworthy, Room PRJG2011

on September 7th at 15:30 – 18:00.

  • Welcome.  Jonathan Moizer
  • Optimising investment for a low-carbon future. Simon Roberts & Colin Axon
  • Secondary money systems for sustainable development. Neil Smith
  • Emergent properties in a simple monetary model, and including energy in production. Steve Keen
  • The Economic Effects of Brexit: A Challenge for the System Dynamics Community. Brian Dangerfield.

To attend the event, please register using the link below.  Attendance is limited to 25 places so please book early.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/system-dynamics-brexit-challenge-economics-presentation-tickets-36997613859

Further information:

System Dynamics Brexit Challenge Event

Penrhyn-Road-Campus

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Group Modelling Survey

University of Southampton Business School survey on “Group Modelling”

We are conducting a study on how simulation consultants collaborate with their clients and with groups of experts. We are particularly interested to understand how the way of working and the extent of the engagement of expert or client groups in the model building process varies depending on the modelling methodology used.

We would be very grateful if you would take part in in an online survey to help us with this study. Any answers you give will only be used for this study. Respondents will not be identified. If you participate you will not be required to give your name. If you do give us your name and contact details, we will, however, be able to send you a summary of our results once the study has been completed.

The survey can be found at: http://healthservicesresearch.org/groupmodelling/483863

If you do have any questions as you proceed, you are welcome to contact Steffen Bayer (University of Southampton, email: s.c.bayer@soton.ac.uk; phone: +44 23 8059 1871).

Steffen Bayer

Sally Brailsford

Tim Bolt

 

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OR Society 9th Simulation Workshop

9th Simulation Workshop (SW18)

19 – 21 MARCH 2018

ETTINGTON CHASE HOTEL, STRATFORD, WORCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM CV37 7NZ

19th – 21st March 2018 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW18). The conference always boasts an excellent mix of delegates from the fields of simulation practice and research. The conference covers application and theoretical developments across all simulation methods, for example agent based simulation, system dynamics, discrete-event simulation and monte-carlo simulation. We have updated and refreshed the conference this year keeping the best of the original format and adding some exciting new elements.

Details

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Vacancy: Student Representative

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society are now seeking applications for a student representative vacancy on the Policy Council aimed at promoting system dynamics within the post-graduate communities of UK universities.

The role involves helping engage other students in research using system dynamics and coordinating entries for the annual conference usually held in April.  You will be involved in organising the student colloquium presentations (talks and posters) plus the student prize award (adjudicated student papers against system dynamics contributions to knowledge and practice).

All are welcome to apply by emailing a short curriculum vitae giving contact details and a paragraph on how you would develop student contacts in the system dynamics community across the UK.

Please send your electronic applications on or before 31st July 2017 to studentapplication@systemdynamics.org.uk

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Towards Smart Model-based Governance by Systems Thinking – Call for Papers

The aim of this Special Issue (SI) is to connect the two main topics towards which Kybernetes is currently steering its focus, Systems Thinking and Cybernetics, exploring their potential impacts in addressing and analysing complex issues in Social, Environmental and Economic domains,

The expected contributions to this Special Issue are related, but not limited, to the BSLab-SYDIC Workshop 2017 (http://bslab-symposium.net/BSLab-Sydic-2017/BSLAB-SYDIC-WS-Rome-2017.htm) whose attempt was to aggregate various issues from the wide topic of Smart Model-based Governance and its perspective of applications to the present and the future complex organisations.

The journal in which it will be published is KYBERNETES, Emerald Pub. (ISSN: 0368-492X)

Read more here.

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UK Chapter Event, Manchester, July 6th 2017

THEME : Building resilient cities through simulation (including System Dynamics)

VENUE: THINKLab pod, University of Salford, 7th Floor Maxwell Building, The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT

DATE:     Thursday 6th July 2017

TIME:     1:30 to 5:00pm

Description:

Salford will be sharing some of the research being conducted at the centre and believe that it will generate an interesting discussion on simulation modelling in disaster management and associated public policy. Salford are also hoping to form a working group on this topic in the future and welcome your participation. Policy Council members from the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society will be present to answer your questions at this event.

Event Objectives:

  • To provide an interdisciplinary opportunity for discussing the application of System Dynamics to a significant challenge facing our cities;
  •  To provide a networking opportunity for those in Manchester, and wider afield, with an interest in System Dynamics
  • To provide an opportunity for people to find out more about System Dynamics and its Applications.

Outline program (tentative):

1:30pm    Lunch available  (First networking opportunity)

2:00pm   Context setting – Resilience Frameworks and Capacities used in EU CIRCLE framework

2:15pm    Challenges of the new EPSRC project – Developing World Context

2:30pm  Case Study

3:00pm   Round table discussions – making connections

3:30pm   Facilitated plenary to capture system insights

3:55pm   Concluding remarks

4-5:00pm    Retire for refreshments and networking

Admission is free, but you must register (on Eventbrite, see below) so that we know how many people to expect; and please remember to de-register should your plans change.

This event is for members of the SD society and anyone else interested in system dynamics.

Eventbrite booking page

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Simulation Stream at OR59

The Operational Research Society’s annual conference, OR59, is being held at Loughborough University between 12 and 14th September 2017.

The Simulation Stream welcomes submissions from all areas of simulation methodology and practice, including System Dynamics. The stream will cover topics such as:

  • Conceptual modelling;
  • Facilitated Modelling;
  • Comparison/Mixed Method/Hybrid simulation;
  • Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS);
  • Simulation software and technology;
  • Verification & validation;
  • Design and analysis of experiments;
  • Input and output analysis;
  • Serious games;
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation Optimisation

The stream is particularly interested in new and exciting simulation case studies and practitioner oriented papers (e.g. manufacturing, healthcare, project management, defence, service systems, transportation, telecommunications, etc.).

Presentation titles and abstracts can be submitted here:

Submissions due by 30th June.

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UK Chapter Policy Council Membership

The UK Chapter will hold its AGM during the  annual conference on Thursday 6 April 2017.

The Chapter is organised by a Policy Council, elected at the AGM. There will be at least one place available to be filled this year. If you think that you might like to serve on the Policy Council, existing members would be very happy to help you to find out more.

The basic requirements are that you are a member of the System Dynamics Society, and you have an involvement, or interest, in System Dynamics in the UK. The Council meets around three times a year, with additional teleconferences from time to time. The main focus is on organising the annual conference and networking events, and other responsibilities include promoting the field, liaison with the SD Society, overseeing awards and prizes.

If you would like to find out more, preferably before the AGM, please speak to an existing member of the Policy Council. Details here .

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