2016 Geoff Coyle Medal Winner

2016 Geoff Coyle Medal Winner

Chris Spencer (Strategy Dynamics)

Chris Spencer has been awarded the 2016 Geoff Coyle Medal for his work in developing the Sysdea System Dynamics software, which makes System Dynamics modelling properly accessible to practically anyone.

Coyle Prize 2016

Simon Shepherd (Left), the UK Chapter President, presenting the Geoff Coyle Medal to Chris Spencer (Right)

Chris’ browser-based approach brings System Dynamics modelling squarely into the 21st century and exploits all the benefits of the Cloud.  Chris has also clearly put much thought into ease-of-use and demystification of preceding approaches, not only to modelling but also to the practicalities of System Dynamics.  In a nutshell, he has created a simulation package that is easy to understand.  Because it is shareable and browser-based, there is nothing to install and there is no barrier to looking at, running and understanding models by people with no training in System Dynamics or System Dynamics software. Novices can open the web app and create working models with much more efficiency than ever before.

There are two outstanding features of the Sysdea software that justify the award of the Geoff Coyle prize to Chris Spencer. First, the speed with which models can be created. The design concept makes model building fast and easy. Second, the ease of sharing the models, either finished for review or in co-creation.  This is a great benefit in teaching, as well as for practical business applications and even scientific use.  Chris Spencer is highly deserving of the prize and the policy council have no doubt that Geoff Coyle, once recovered from the shock of how easy Sysdea makes System Dynamics, would agree wholeheartedly.

The Sysdea software, for which Chris has been awarded the Geoff Coyle Medal, can be found at www.sysdea.com. In addition the Sysdea User Guide can be downloaded from www.sdl.re/sysdeaguidePDF, and there are more resources at http://resources.sysdea.com. A copy of the presentation Chris gave at the conference is available from http://systemdynamics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016-Day1-Spencer-Presentation.pdf.


2016 Conference open for bookings

Each year the chapter organises the Annual Conference, a series of presentations from eminent practitioners and the opportunity to meet and discuss issues.  2016 will be the 18th annual conference.

Booking details are at the link below.  Please note that this year, booking will close a week before the event (April 7th) with no exception as we need to provide full names to Shard security at this time.  Please also remember to bring a form of ID.

Conference details

Conference booking


Km Waren’s Keynote talk at Young OR 19

“Recorded at YOR19 conference, Aston UK, September 2015, this demonstrates a simple start to the AgileSD process for a policing case, using the Sysdea browser-based software. The video then explains the process and its advantages of speed, impact and reliability.”

Link


Event news and Geoff Coyle Prize

Here’s a little news to keep you up to date with the latest Policy Council initiatives.  I did say it was a little news….

Events

As you are no doubt aware, the UK Chapter hold a (seemingly) random series of events  throughout the year and most of these are held in London, in response to previous questionnaires.  Our next such random event, to be held in Edinburgh on the 19th of this month, will no doubt prove once again to be interesting, entertaining and an ideal opportunity to meet fellow practitioners.

We like these events, and we want more!  This is where you come in.  The UK Chapter wants to encourage others to organise relevant events to be publicised to the wider community.  So, if you know of such events or are organising or thinking of organising an event, we are here to help.

In addition to publicising your event to almost 500 members (actually 421 but it sounds better) we can provide some financial support up to a maximum of £500.  This can be used towards travel & subsistence costs for speakers or for event hire.  A formal submission would need to be made to the Policy Council who will meet in a secret location in a dark corner of the island to determine the worthiness of your begging letter, I mean, request for financial assistance.

Not all events can be supported, if you want to increase the chance that your event will attract financial support, we are particularly looking for events covering a specific industry sector or theme.

In addition to the above, if there are any events you believe would be of interest to the membership (either national or local events), please do let us know, preferably with a link to the event notice or some information regarding subject, location and time.  We will then advertise the event on our website and (subject to the number of such notices we receive) publicise via email to the subscribed members.

Geoff Coyle Prize

The Geoff Coyle prize is to be awarded for innovative system dynamics work in the UK.  Since Geoff Coyle had encouraged early career developments in SD, this will form the scope of the prize for either research or practice.
The prize takes the form of a medal and will be presented at our annual conference on April 15th 2016 .

Guidelines for submission:

UK-based nominee

Early career: within 10 years of commencing use of SD

Only submissions reported in calendar year considered

Description of work and contribution (no more than 800 words,12pt font size in plain text)

Discretionary award by 3 member panel of policy council

No age limit applies

The awarding panel will contact short-listed nominees in order to discuss their work, prior to award.

Closing date Friday 1st April 2016

Click here to nominate.


Annual conference moves to the Shard

Hold the date!

We are pleased to announce that the annual conference for 2016 will be held on April 14th and 15th and that, with the support of Martin Kunc and Warwick Business School, we will be holding the event at the Shard, London.

If anyone would like to offer up a presentation for next year please contact one of the policy council.

If you would like to be kept informed of conference developments or upcoming Chapter events, then please do join the Chapter, it’s free and we promise you will only receive emails of immediate interest to the UK SD community.


Conference: YoungOR 19 System Dynamics Stream

The YoungOR 19 Conference will be held at Aston Conference Meeting Rooms 22 – 24 September 2015. The conference is designed with people in the first 10 years of their careers in mind with relevant plenaries, streams, workshops and a careers panel.

Abstract submissions are welcome for any of the numerous streams until the 12th June 2015. To find out more about these streams and how to submit your paper then please visit the YOR19 page at the OR Society www.theorsociety.com/YOR19 .

In particular, the System Dynamics stream welcomes a broad range of contributions using system dynamics, including (but not limited to):

– theoretical and methodological advances,

– insights into the model development process,

– the practice of quantitative and qualitative SD for modelling complex, real world problems (current or historical case studies)

– mixed methods modelling (where SD is mixed with other simulation and OR methods).

Please feel free to contact the stream organiser Jennifer Morgan (morganjs2@cf.ac.uk) if you would like to know more about the stream.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aston and the YoungOR community.


A new UK SD resource is available

Due to the herculean efforts of Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services), the UK Chapter would like to present a (hopefully) useful resource for all those interested in System Dynamics in the UK; a repository of presentations / reports / posters / videos etc. presented at our annual conferences, special events or networking evenings (going back to 1999).  This simple library takes the form of a downloadable Excel spreadsheet containing details for each of the available documents and links to access them online.

You can access this resource from the “resource” menu at the main UK Chapter website, or by clicking here.

Lee Jones, webmaster


Past Events: 2015 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2015

THEME : Public Policy for Innovation and Finance
VENUE:  London School of Economics
DATE: 12:20 Thursday 26th  March  – 16:00 Friday 27th March

UK SDS Conference Proceedings 2015

Session 1 – Systems thinking in public policy

Using Systems Thinking in Public Policy: The experience of the Munro Review of child protection child protection: David Lane (Henley Business School)

Abstract

System Dynamics and Group Model Building for Public Policy – some examples of the use of SD and GMB at the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Netherlands : Rian van Gulijk-Boon, Willem Stapel (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice)

Abstract

Slides

Session 2 – Systems modelling for innovation

Systems mapping for international benchmarking of the UK science and innovation system : Ian Mitchell (UK Gov: BIS)

Abstract

Slides

Systems change in theory and practice : Geoff Mulgan (Nesta)

Abstract

Session 3 – System dynamics in international development and finance

Systems thinking and system dynamics in international development : Ben Ramalingam (Overseas Development Institute)

Abstract

Minsky: Extending System Dynamics to easily handle financial flows : Steve Keen (Kingston University)

Abstract

Slides

Video

Inaugural Geoff Coyle award

Winner: Martin Kunc

Slides

Exploring developments in system dynamics software – Introduction

Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services)

Slides

Web-based modelling

Sysdea and web based modelling : Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics Ltd)

Abstract

Slides

The Systo toolkit for building modelling-enabled web pages : Robert Muetzelfeldt (University of Edinburgh / Simulistics Ltd)

Abstract

Disaggregated modelling and handling structural complexity

Ventity and entity-based System Dynamics modelling : Lee Jones (Ventana Systems UK)

Abstract

Slides

Using Simile to handle disaggregation and individual-based modelling : Robert Muetzelfeldt – University of Edinburgh / Simulistics Ltd, Jasper Taylor

Abstract

Student Presentations

Update on State Stability; introducing the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, David Carter, Plymouth University

Interdependencies between the long-term supply capacity investment decisions of the power and gas industries: the case of the United Kingdom: Donna Peng (Delft University of Technology and Comillas Pontifical University)

Slides

Understanding the impact of ‘Cycle Superhighway” policy in London using a system dynamics simulation model : Mariana Hernandez (Nijmegen University)

PhD Poster Session

Dynamics of school choice problem: Multiple agency views

Dave Carter (Plymouth University)

Informing renewable energy policy in hydrocarbon-rich countries using system dynamics approach: The case of Oman: Aisha Al-Sarihi (Imperial College London)

Causal loop diagram of freight transport system in Laos : Daosadeth Soysouvanh (University of Leeds)

System Dynamics and the development and utilization of isolated island electricity systems : George Matthew (Open University)

Poster

How can the diffusion of domestic energy-efficient renovations be accelerated? How occupiers make their decisions to proceed with energy efficiency renovations? : Yekatherina Bobrova (University College London)

Poster


2015 Conference booking and early bird discounts

Booking for the 2015 Annual Conference is now open.  The conference is to be held at the London School of Economics on the 26th and 27th March and the theme will be “Public Policy for Innovation and Finance”.  For details of early-bird offers and to book, please visit our online booking form.

We look forward to seeing you in March!


2015 UK Chapter Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2015

VENUE:  London School of Economics (Room 1.04, New Academic Building)
DATE: 12:30 Thursday 26th  March  – 16:00 Friday 27th March

Thursday 26th March 2015

  • Ian Mitchell (UK Gov: BIS) – “Systems mapping for international benchmarking of the UK science and innovation system”
  • Geoff Mulgan (Nesta) – “Systemic innovation”
  • Rian van Gulijk-Boon, Willem Stapel (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice) – “System dynamics and group modelling for public policy”
  • Ben Ramalingam (Overseas Development Institute) – Title TBC
  • Steve Keen (Kingston University) – “Heterodox macroeconomics and financial modelling using Minski”
  • Inaugural Geoff Coyle award

Friday 27th March 2015

  • Friday workshop:  “Exploring developments in system dynamics software for disaggregate and web-based modelling “
  • Student presentations/prize

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