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Re: Conferences

Postby Stephen Wehrenberg » Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:48 pm

The Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Global Conference will be held in Las Vegas, April 1-4, 2012. Not directly related to SD, of course, but more to do with trying to make real change happen regardless of analytic method. Last year's conference was in Orlando with over 700 practitioners attending -- we anticipate over 1000 this year. To see what the ACMP is all about go to . To register for the conference go to To get an idea what the conference will be about you can peruse the sites of two recent regional conferences in Copenhagen and Johannesburg here: and

I hope to see the System Dynamics community well represented in Las Vegas.
Stephen B. Wehrenberg, Ph.D.
Human Resource Strategy and Capability,
and Director of Executive Development, US Coast Guard.
Organizational Sciences, The George Washington University.
President, Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).
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Call for Papers - 2012 St. Gallen, Switzerland

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:07 am

CALL FOR PAPERS, Presentations, Workshops and Sessions Reminder: The submission system opens in one month (January 2, 2012) for the St. Gallen, Switzerland International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. The conference dates are July 22 to 26, 2012. We invite you to submit. The submission deadline is March 19, 2012. For submission instructions and to see a list of the topic threads, please visit


PROGRAM: The conference will focus on “Model-based Management,” a topic that will highlight the crucial role of formal models for the effective management of dynamic systems and the reasons why skills in modeling and simulation are becoming essential in policy-making, organizational design and learning.

Submissions are encouraged on the main theme and all topics relating to the theory and practical application of system dynamics modeling. A special program is also planned so that business participants can benefit from the main theme.

A sampling of conference topics to be addressed can be found on the conference website. The program schedule will also include exhibits, modeling assistance workshops, panel discussions, special sessions, a student colloquium and Society meetings.

VENUE: Meetings will take place on the University of St. Gallen campus. The University features one of the leading Management Schools of Europe. It is located only a ten-minute walk from the picturesque city center of St. Gallen. The city is the metropolis of eastern Switzerland, between the Lake Constance and the Alps in the heart of Europe. Part of the city, the Abbey Precinct, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

For more conference information and submission guidelines please visit the new conference website:

CONFERENCE HOST: University of St. Gallen

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Markus Schwaninger, University of St. Gallen, Institute of Management

PROGRAM CHAIRS: Elke Husemann, David Lane, London School of Economics

ORGANIZING CHAIR: Stefan Grösser, University of St. Gallen, Institute of Management; Bern University of Applied Science, Department of Economics

WORKSHOP CHAIR: Jack Homer, Homer Consulting

CONFERENCE MANAGER: Roberta L. Spencer, System Dynamics Society

Best Regards, The St. Gallen Conference Team

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University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, NY, 12222
Phone: (518) 442-3865 Fax: (518) 442-3398
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Re: Conferences

Postby Steffen Bayer » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:14 am

Booking is now open for the Annual Gathering of the UK Chapter at
A flyer with further information can be downloaded at ... draft1.pdf

UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society Annual Gathering 9th & 10th February 2012
(Approximate timings: 12:30pm Thursday to 4pm Friday)

Venue: London South Bank University
THEME : Exploring Alternative Futures

Thursday Topics and Speakers:

Modeling a Sustainable Economy, Emanuele Campiglio: New Economics Foundation
The economic turmoil of recent years has added to concern about the environmental sustainability
of the modern developed economy, causing increasing interest in whether alternative economic
models may be viable. Emanuele Campiglio of the New Economics Foundation will outline the re‐
sults of the Foundation's investigation into this question, based on system dynamics models of the
UK economy, and reflect on implications for the main sectors of the economy.

Connecting SD with Strategy and Finance
Despite attempts to connect system dynamics to mainstream management (e.g. 'systems thinking',
'strategy dynamics'), SD remains relatively obscure in business. Richard Stevenson, formerly CEO of
Cognitus, suggests that the prime failure has been in connecting SD and 'strategy' with the hard busi‐
ness realities of financial 'value' creation and measurement. He will propose a 'universal business
model'  ‐ the Business Value Cycle (BVC) ‐ that connects strategy and finance though an SD perspec‐
tive. He will illustrate the BVC concept with an online SD simulation and with a real case example in
pharmaceuticals ‐ proposing that SD must embrace rigorous financial valuation methods to make a
lasting impact in management and business strategy.

Place your bets: what’s happening to gold?
Maurice Glucksman, Jack Woodhouse and Bianca Granara of Hamilton Ventures LLP, a Merchant
Banking and Investment company, will conduct some live, real time research on the link between
"prediction markets" e.g. and the impact of modelling in the investment process.
After offering some basic information on the global gold market, they will gather the audience's view
on future gold prices. A model of the industry will then be presented, and the same question will be
asked again, to demonstrate how model‐based insight can alter views of the future ‐ a critical ele‐
ment in investment decisions.

The afternoon will conclude with a discussion panel followed by the Steer Davies Gleave prize,
award and presentation

Friday Topics and Speakers:

Managing Strategy in the Asset‐Intensive Utilities Industry
plus Try it yourself with a simulation
Bob Thurlby: Independent Consultant
Building on his extensive career with ICL and BT, Bob Thurlby will explain the considerable chal‐
lenge of developing and managing strategy in the asset‐intensive utilities industry, particularly fo‐
cusing on the impact of external regulation on performance. Participants will then be given an opportunity
to take on the challenge for themselves using a dynamic Microworld, developed specifically to
explore these issues. The session will end with a brief discussion of the emerging problems, faced
by these organisations today, as they confront a new set of threats that increase the risk of serious

System Dynamics Tools: An overview of some of the products available.
Chapter AGM
Student Prize, presentation and posters
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EURO XXV 2012 Stream SD in Sustainable Development

Postby Pierre Kunsch » Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:39 am

Dear colleagues,

As in past years in Bonn and Lisbon Erik Pruyt and myself or are organising the invited stream System Dynamics Modelling in Sustainable Development during the EURO XXV 2012 conference in Vilnius, 8-11 July, 2012 .

The abstract submission and registration are done online, via the Conference web page ( Abstracts have max. 600 characters; the submission deadline is February 29, 2012.

We have created a 'metasession' called 'Modelling sustainability in the 21st century' in which we invite you or your researcher collegues to submit papers:
- either by sending me or Erik your proposed abstract prepared according to the guidelines;

- or to introduce yourself a abstract of max 600 characters via the Conference web page ( by using the access code of this session, which is 142a5172

In both cases inform me or Erik about your contribution, and if you wish to create a specific session in the stream around the proposed topic.
I would create this session within the stream, and you would be welcome to chair it and to help us finding additional authors.
Final sessions should have 4 contributions.

Thank you for your interest.
Looking ahead to meeting you in Vilnius,
Pierre Kunsch ULB/VUB Brussels
Erik Pruyt TU Delft
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Re: Conferences

Postby Markus Schwaninger » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:36 am

EURO XXV Conference, 8-11 July 2012, Vilnius Lithuania

Dear Colleagues

This is an invitation for you to collaborate with the stream "System Dynamics Modelling and Simulation", at EURO XXV, to be held from 8 - 11 July 2012, in Vilnius, Lithuania. This is the 25th European Conference on Operational Research. The Conference theme - OR connecting sciences – emphasizes the inter- and even transdisciplinary nature of Operations Research.

The website can be found under It offers a first demonstration of the scientific strength of this conference.

Being responsible for the stream "System Dynamics Modelling and Simulation", we would very much appreciate your contribution. The general purpose of this stream is to bring together works about the modelling and simulation of complex dynamic systems, based on the System Dynamics methodology. Contributions from the fields of organization and management, engineering, economics, sociology, and ecology are particularly welcome.

Please submit your abstract until February 28, 2012, either via the online abstract submission system (submission code: cb2d2480) at, or by sending it to:

The sessions at the last four conferences were very stimulating and produced valuable results. We trust that we can continue in this tradition.

Looking forward to a fertile co-operation!

With kind regards,

Markus Schwaninger and Markus Schwenke
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
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13th PhD Colloquium at the 2012 ISDC

Postby Nicolas Escalante » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:53 am

The PhD colloquium, an important component of the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, is a one-day event devoted to graduate students working on foundations, techniques, tools, and applications of the system dynamics approach. The colloquium, comprising both an intensive academic program as well as a social gathering, will take place on July 22, 2012; one day before the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society.

We warmly invite PhD students, especially in the early to middle stages of their research, to present their research proposals and progress at the colloquium. You will receive valuable feedback from experienced researchers as well as from fellow students. We also invite Master’s students and lateryear PhD students to share their knowledge by attending the colloquium. Even if you are not presenting your work, you are welcome to join the colloquium. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow students from around the world and exchange ideas.

This year's colloquium will take place on July 22, 2012 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The final date for submission of full papers or extended abstracts is March 26, 2011. More information can be found at: ... iumCurrent

PhD Colloquium Organizers:
Chris Browne, Australian National University, Australia
Nicolas Escalante, University of Stuttgart, Germany
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Re: Conferences

Postby Nadav Tanners » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:47 pm

Under contract to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking proposals from independent experts for the development of papers on (1) water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, (2) current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and (3) the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The papers are to be presented at a technical workshop to be held in September, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The full request for quotes, which provides additional detail on topics of potential interest, can be found here. Interested parties should submit proposals in accordance with the RFQ to Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm Monday, April 23, 2012.

Any questions about this RFQ can be directed to me at
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Re: Conferences

Postby Nadav Tanners » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:16 am

The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy: Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop

Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, Industrial Economics, Incorporated (IEc) is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on (1) water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, (2) current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and (3) the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, DC on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at, and submit nominations to no later than 5:00 pm Friday, July 20, 2012. For additional information, send email inquiries to:

Mr. Nadav Tanners
Industrial Economics, Incorporated
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Importance of Water Request for Nominations.pdf
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IBM Predictive Governance Forum, 9/28/2012

Postby Steven Adler » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:56 am

Innovation = Model + Simulate + Big Data

September 7, 2012 by Steven Adler

It’s not often that you see $200K investments produce $20M returns, patient wait times in hospitals go down from 125 days to less than 10, or water management models change the behavior of an entire city during the nation’s worst drought in 70 years.

But those are exactly the kinds of dramatic improvements made possible by the remarkable work of the speakers in this Predictive Governance Webinar. Tune in to learn about the transformative power of System Dynamics, Information Integration, and Big Data.

Better yet, join us on September 28th at the IBM Predictive Governance Forum at the IEG on 14th & G Streets (one block from the White House) as we explore these examples, and many more:

- Veterans Administration: Re-designing policy and process in health care service delivery: a system dynamics case study, by Isa Bar-On, Worcester Politech Institute Many VHA facilities nation-wide have experienced service delays, reductions in exam quality and lower patient satisfaction. A system dynamics model determined the relationships between operational policies, management decisions, and process outcomes, and calibrated with data from one New England-area VA hospital, helping the VA to reduce patient wait times from months to a week.

- Mayo Clinic: An Example from Clinical Practice in End Stage Renal Disease, by Jim Rogers, Advance Management Group, Jim Rogers, Advance Management Group Patients with chronic kidney disease were given standard drug dosages to manage anemia, which resulted in longer patient stays and increased rates of infection. A Predictive Governance simulation was used to evaluate changes in drug dosage to correlate with hemoglobin levels, and new protocols were developed to calibrate dosage to patient reactions, resulting in dramatic reductions in patients stays, infection rates, and costs.

- Sandia Labs: Modeling the Transfer of Land and Water from Agricultural to Urban Uses in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, by Len Malczynski In the arid U.S. Southwest decisions about water use are of unique importance, as water availability shapes possibilities for physical, economic and social transformation of the community. Because decision makers rarely understand the complex relationships between human society and the environment, they often make critical planning decisions with longer term consequences under conditions of high uncertainty. We developed a Predictive Governance simulation to study interdependent social, economic and physical trends by focusing on the movement of land and water resources from agricultural to urban applications in the Middle Rio Grande Basin. This model has important implications to water management across the United States.

These are brilliant models that are already making a difference in public policy. We think that Systemic Models can be turned into operational decision-making tools by linking simulations to real data in runtime environments that use Big Data to provide feedback loops; so wee can see how complex ecosystems work, policies are simulated, and results improved.

This is a recording of the webinar that was attended by 30 people from around the world.
http://chaordix-ibm-gc-prod.s3.amazonaw ... ebinar.wmv

Referenced from: ... z25mvhTmQf

You can register to attend the conference here: http://chaordix-ibm-gc-prod.s3.amazonaw ... C-2012.pdf
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IBM Data Governance Solutions
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Call for Papers: SBP13

Postby Patricia Mabry » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:53 am

2013 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP13)

April 2 – April 5, 2013, UCDC Center, Washington DC, USA
Conference Website:

Paper Registration Deadline: October 30, 2012
Paper/full text poster Due: November 7, 2012
Author Notification: December 20, 2012
Pre-conference Tutorial Sessions: April 2, 2013
SBP12 Conference (Single Track), April 3-5, 2013

An up to date list of sponsors will be available on the conference website.
Sponsors for SBP 2012 included:

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
The Army Research Organization (ARO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

SBP is a multidisciplinary conference with a selective single paper track and poster session. SBP also invites a small number of high quality tutorials and nationally recognized keynote speakers.

Social computing harnesses the power of computational methods to study social behavior within a social context. Cultural behavioral modeling refers to representing behavior and culture in the abstract, and is a convenient and powerful way to conduct virtual experiments and scenario analysis. Both social computing and cultural behavioral modeling are techniques designed to achieve a better understanding of complex behaviors, patterns, and associated outcomes of interest. Moreover, these approaches are inherently interdisciplinary; subsystems and system components exist at multiple levels of analysis (i.e., “cells to societies”) and across multiple disciplines, from engineering and the computational sciences to the social and health sciences.

The SBP conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government agencies to exchange ideas on current challenges in social computing, behavioral modeling and prediction, and on state-of-the-art methods and best practices being adopted to tackle these challenges.

Papers and posters are solicited on research issues, theories, and applications. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to,

Basic Research on Sociocultural & Behavioral Processes using SBP
  • Group interaction and collaboration
  • Group formation and evolution
  • Group representation and profiling
  • Collective action and governance
  • Cultural patterns & representation
  • Social conventions and social contexts
  • Influence process and recognition
  • Public opinion representation
  • Viral marketing and information diffusion
  • Psycho-cultural situation awareness
Methodological Issues in SBP
  • Mathematical foundations
  • Verification and validation
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Matching technique or method to research questions
  • Metrics and evaluation
  • Methodological innovation
  • Model federation and integration
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Network analysis and optimization
Military & Security Applications
  • Group formation and evolution in the political context
  • Technology and flash crowds
  • Networks and political influence
  • Information diffusion
  • Group representation and profiling
  • Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them
Health Applications of SBP
  • Social network analysis to understand health behavior
  • Modeling of health policy and decision making
  • Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
  • Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health
Other Applications of SBP
  • Economic applications of SBP
  • Reasoning about development aid through SBP
  • Reasoning about global educational efforts through SBP
Paper Registration Deadline: October 30, 2012 (11:59pm, EST)
Full Paper/Poster Submission: November 7, 2012 (11:59pm, EST)
Author Notification: December 20, 2012 (11:59pm, EST)

SBP13 Conference Proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LCNS) by Springer. The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. Sample LaTeX2e and WORD files are available at

Abstract and full text for both oral presentations and posters should be submitted electronically before the specified deadlines. The maximum length of papers is 8 pages and should be submitted in PDF following the instruction at

For any questions and inquiries, please send to,

Four half-day sessions will be offered: two concurrent sessions in the morning and two concurrent sessions in the afternoon on the day before the full conference. Sessions will be designed to meet the needs of one of two distinct groups. One group will consist of attendees who have backgrounds in computational science; computer science, engineering, and other mathematically oriented disciplines. Other tutorial sessions will be designed for behavioral and social scientists and others (e.g. those with medical backgrounds or training in public health) who may have limited formal education in the computational sciences. Attendees will gain an understanding of terminology, theories, and general approaches employed by computationally based fields, especially with respect to modeling approaches. More details regarding the preconference tutorial sessions, including instructors, course content, and registration information will be posted to the conference website as soon as this information becomes available at

Note that the plans for the tutorial sessions are in progress and are subject to change.

The SBP Challenge aims to demonstrate the real-world and interdisciplinary impact of social computing. The challenge will engage the social computing research community in solving a relevant, interesting, and challenging research problem that will advance the theory, methodology, and/or application of social computing.

The conference will feature keynotes and tutorials on several special topics. The following have agreed to make keynote presentations at the conference:

Michele Gelfand, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Myron Gutmann, Professor, Assistant Director, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation

Please see the SBP 2013 website for more details. Keynotes and tutorials delivered in the previous SBP meetings are available through the SBP website,

The SBP13 Cross-fertilization Roundtable session will be held in the afternoon of the first day of the technical portion of the conference. The purpose of the cross-fertilization roundtables is to help participants become better acquainted with people outside of their discipline and with whom they might consider partnering on a future SBP project.

BEST PAPER AWARDS:SBP 13 will feature a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award. All papers are qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers where the senior author says the principal author is a student will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.

Information on hotel and logistics will be provided at the conference website as it becomes available.

It is anticipated that a limited number travel scholarships will be available on a competitive basis. Additional information will be provided on the SBP Conference website as it becomes available at


Sun Ki Chai, University of Hawaii
Huan Liu, Arizona State University
Patty Mabry, National Institutes of Health
Dana Nau, University of Maryland
John Salerno, Air Force Research Lab
V.S. Subrahmanian, University of Maryland

Nathan D. Bos, Johns Hopkins University
Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University

Ariel Greenberg, Johns Hopkins University
William G. Kennedy, George Mason University
Stephen Marcus, National Institutes of Health

Fahmida N. Chowdhury, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Rebecca Goolsby, Office of Naval Research
John Lavery, Army Research Lab/Army Research Office
Joseph Lyons, Air Force Research Lab
Patty Mabry, National Institutes of Health
Tisha Wiley, National Institutes of Health

Lei Yu, Binghamton University

Shanchieh (Jay) Yang, Rochester Institute of Technology

Nitin Agarwal, University of Arkansas
Wen Dong, MIT Media Lab

Fahmida N. Chowdhury, NSF
Tisha Wiley, National Institutes of Health

Huan Liu, Arizona State University

Patrick Roos, University of Maryland
Wei Wei, Carnegie Mellon University

Donald Adjeroh, West Virginia University
Patty Mabry, National Institutes of Health

For Further Information about SBP13
Additional information will be posted to the conference website as it becomes available.
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