2nd Annual Workshop on System Dynamics in Transportation Modelling

2nd Annual Workshop on System Dynamics in Transportation Modelling

The System Dynamics Society Special Interest Group in Transportation (SDS T-SIG) are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Workshop on System Dynamics in Transportation Modelling will take place at the University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies, UK on April 11th – 12th 2019.

Following from last year’s successful event in Vienna, Austria, this free workshop will consist of a mix of presentations, practical sessions and network / sharing / collaboration building opportunities as well as the SDS T-SIG Annual Meeting. The intention of the workshop is to showcase the range of research and practise being carried out in transport studies and planning using system dynamics (SD) as a modelling method, and it is designed to:

·          Promote the role of SD in transportation;

·          Facilitate communication and collaboration in transportation and SD;

·          Share teaching materials, works in progress, best practise case studies and state-of-the-art use of SD in transportation research and planning.

Abstracts are now invited for oral and poster presentations which demonstrate both the potential and success of system dynamics in transport related research, to provoke discussion of conceptual issues through to fully tried-and-tested models. Topics can cover any aspect of transportation, such as freight and logistics, development of new technologies or business models (eg Mobility as a Service (MaaS)), performance management systems and sustainable and equitable policy analysis. Innovative approaches and cross-fertilisation with alternative forms of modelling (eg agent-based) or new and emerging forms of data are also encouraged. We particularly welcome proposals from MSc and PhD students which will be presented in a dedicated session.

An informal optional dinner will be hosted on the Thursday evening, and advice can be provided on booking suitable travel and accommodation (both at participants own expense). Leeds is easily accessible from either Leeds-Bradford Airport or Manchester Airport, and a well-connected mainline rail station. The full workshop programme and timings will be confirmed following the abstract submission process.


Abstract submission (250-300 words): 31st January 2019

Confirmation of acceptance: February 15th 2019

Speaker registration deadline: March 1st 2019

General registration deadline: March 31st 2019

For further information, or to submit abstracts please contact: Transport.SIG.SDS@gmail.com


The System Dynamics Society Transportation Special Interest Group has three long-term goals:

1.       The promotion of system dynamics as a tool to analyse transportation systems and policy.

2.       The development of a repository of case studies, models and other resources for practice and teaching.

3.       To spread the use of system dynamics through the transport community both in practice and in academia.

 For more information visit: www.systemdynamics.org/transportation or www.linkedin.com/groups/13539829


2019 UK Chapter Conference

The 2019 Conference will be held at the Royal College of Nursing in London on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April 2019.

We are putting the final touches to the programme and will post updates on this website as news items and update the main conference page.

Early-bird booking will be open from December 3rd.


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.

2017 Annual Conference News and Booking

Each year the chapter organises the Annual Conference, a series of presentations from eminent practitioners and the opportunity to meet and discuss issues.  2017 will be the 19th annual conference.

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 is 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, covers contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also cover Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference is open to all, whether or not you work in System Dynamics.

Conference page and booking

Report on “Developing Mathematical Models in Healthcare: Special Workshop on System Dynamics”

On Wednesday 27th January 2016 a special seminar on System Dynamics applied to healthcare was held at the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University. This was part of their regular Developing Mathematical Models in Healthcare seminar series. The event brought together experts in the field to talk about a selection of System Dynamics based projects in health and social care.

The seminar opened with a short introduction to System Dynamics, demonstrating the core concepts of accumulation and feedback when modelling a complex health system.

This was followed by a presentation by Dr Siôn Cave, a consultant with Decision Analysis Services Ltd. Siôn gave a short overview of a number of projects (population behaviour, disease transmission, public health intervention and disease modelling) to reflect the variety of contexts where he has used System Dynamics. Siôn then focused on two high impact national projects (national workforce planning and Horizon 2035: modelling the future of health and social care) to highlight the value of the method.

Finally, Douglas McKelvie, a partner at The Symmetric Partnership, discussed using System Dynamics to improve strategic decision making. The presentation focused on two projects: modelling winter pressures on a healthcare system and modelling (health) service integration to examine whether (and when) the cost of an intervention will be offset by savings.

The speakers kindly agreed to make their slides available. Please find them here:

Some useful resources mentioned in the seminar:

Finally, echoing the final remarks of Professor Paul Harper at the event, please get in touch with Jo Emery (EmeryJL4@cardiff.ac.uk) if you would like further details regarding hosting an MSc project.

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

Runaway youth system dynamics: A theoretical framework for analyzing runaway and homeless youth policy

Category : News

In this article, by Karen M. Staller (School of Social Work, University of Michigan), the author develops a dynamic model, applying it to runaway and homeless youth behaviour and shelter usage. Together, the model and supporting evidence imply that simple linear thinking may guide policy expansion to the detriment of homeless youth.

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