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Summer School

Stay tuned for 2021 updates!

July 20-23, 2021 – Online Sessions

REGISTRATION February 1 – July 5, 2021

Tuition:  Regular $450  Full-Time Students $250

registration is not complete until paid in full

Space is limited.

8th System Dynamics Summer School

 

Held prior to the conference, the System Dynamics Summer School provides a unique opportunity to learn (or review) the basics of System Dynamics and get exposed to real-world applications of the method. We will record all preparation sessions for viewing. The first week will be on your own to get exposure to software and systems thinking and to start watching the topic lectures. We will use the second week of Summer School week for live discussion of topics and assignments. We will have a dedicated website for materials, homework, and Q&A. This year’s Summer School will focus on introductory and intermediate topics.

The lectures and software training will be recorded and posted online. They can be watched starting July 13. Starting July 20 there will be several live discussion sections in Zoom that will cover most time zones. We will use a groups.io website for discussions, homework submissions, texts, slides, etc. Access to the site is given after registration.

All assignments require individual work. Attendees will be able to interact with those in their track via our dedicated website.

The Introductory Track is software neutral. The purpose is to teach the system dynamics methodology and not specific software syntax. There will be models available in Vensim, Studio, and Stella. Free versions of system dynamics modeling software that are limited in capability or limited in duration of use will be made available.

Instructors

David Ford, Texas A&M University (former SD Society president)
Rod MacDonald, James Madison University
Peter Hovmand, Washington University/Case Western
Birgit Kopainsky, University of Bergen (current SD Society president)

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday
July 20

Wednesday
July 21

Thursday
July 22

Friday
July 23

Introduction to Summer School

Reflections and Review of Day

Reflections and Review of Day

Reflections and Review of Day

Modeling Steps & Problem Definition

Formal Modeling of Stocks and Flows

Nonlinear Relationships

Model Analysis

Modeling Feedback Mechanisms

Information Delays

Modeling Policies

Model Use

Conceptual Modeling with Stocks and Flows

Workshop:
Accumulation, Feedback, & Information Delays

Model Validation

Workshop:
Common Pitfalls and Best Practices

Workshop: Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling Software

Applications Lecture

Applications Lecture

Applications Lecture

Online Welcome

Closing Reception

The Intermediate track will focus more on software (Studio and Vensim) ; it will present more advanced modeling technique. Free versions of system dynamics modeling software that are limited in capability or limited in duration of use will be made available.

Instructors

David Keith, MIT
Jacob Jacobson, Mindseye Computing
Len Malczynski, University of New Mexico

 

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday
July 20

Wednesday
July 21

Thursday
July 22

Friday
July 23

Introduction

Learning Circles

Learning Circles

Learning Circles

Steps of Modeling: Problem Description

Simulating Nonlinear Relationships

Recognizing and avoiding Common Pitfalls

Selection of models to be improved

Model Building: Stocks and Flows

Simulating the Flow of Information

Validation Testing: for us & our client

Student teams working on model improvements

Checking Results with Equilibrium Diagrams

Checking Results with delays in the flow of information

Topic to be selected based on students’ progress

Student teams continue with model improvements

Diagrams to show feedback loops

Applications Lecture

Applications Lecture

Applications Lecture

Online Welcome

Closing Reception