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2022 Student-Organized Colloquium

The Student-Organized Colloquium is a free, one-day online and in-person event organized by the Student Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held on the first day of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC). The Student-Organized Colloquium promotes dialogue among system dynamicists of varying fields, levels of training and backgrounds and creates spaces to have meaningful conversations about the topics that we all care about so that everyone can share and receive feedback to improve their work.

The format of the event consists mainly of breakout sessions in which doctoral, masters and undergraduate students, as well as practitioners, professionals and academics in any field who are new to System Dynamics (less experienced, mentees, juniors) can discuss their ideas and concerns, and get mentored by more experienced system dynamicists (mentors, seniors).

For more information, please visit the Student-Organized Colloquium Webpage.

Don’t forget to submit your papers.

Here is a time converter. Please join us when (and where) you are able!

*If you need a visa to enter Germany, then you will need to register for the International System Dynamics Conference.*

[Economics SIG] Alfonso Martinez Valderrama on “Dynamic National Model for Prospective and Analysis of Environmental and Socioeconomic Policies”

 

Please join us online Friday, June 10th Noon ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter)

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), the System Dynamics Society’s Economics SIG and WPI System Dynamics host Alfonso Martinez Valderrama (amvalderrama1@gmail.com) who will present 

Dynamic National Model for Prospective and Analysis of
Environmental and Socioeconomic Policies

 

Short Description: Alfonso will present a detailed SD model for a National Economy (case Spain: 2000-2030), focusing on an overview of the structure and main modules and views of some results and scenarios.

Question(s)/Comment(s) for the Audience:

a) What experience do you have with Macroeconomics or Economic models using System Dynamics?

b) What type of methodologies do you use when developing an SD model? Stock & flows, System Thinking, Hybrid methods – SD and econometrics and other methods?

c) Do you know more SD models that consider impacts of production/demand shocks (i.e., measures applied for the covid19 pandemic) on the economy

d) Do you have any suggestion for further development or expansion of this model?

 

Biography:

Professor in Economic Sciences, specialized in quantitative methodologies: System Thinking, System Dynamics, simulation models, econometrics, game theory, programming, algorithms.

Main areas of interest: economics (macro, micro and business strategy), trade, sustainable development, transport, simulation models.

Alfonso worked in consulting (2000-01 Monitor Group, 2007-10 Epypsa, 2012-16 Simulación Dinámica) and in Spanish Public Organizations (2001-07 Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones –CMT-, 2017-21 Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior –ICEX-).

 

We will record this presentation and post it to the System Dynamics Society’s YouTube channel.

 

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-06-10

WPI System Dynamics Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Peer Tutoring Session

Peer Tutoring Sessions are open sessions where attendees network and discuss systems and simulation.

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and more on our website.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-06-03

TGRR Focused Collective Learning Meeting – May

In collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) network will be hosting a series of bimonthly peer mentoring session called Collective Learning Meetings (CLMs).

CLMs are for obtaining collegial and non-evaluative feedback on unfinished or exploratory research projects.

These meetings will cover systems approaches to water resiliency research. You can find more information by clicking here.

Networking and Discussion Session

Join WPI System Dynamics, the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) network, and System Dynamics Society’s Water SIG for a Networking and Discussion Meeting. Below is the tentative agenda for this meeting:

  • Introductions (Name, occupation, affiliation, application area, system dynamics level [beginner, intermediate, advanced], current location)
  • TGRR volunteering opportunities
  • Open discussion

Please click the button below to join us on Friday, May 27, 2022, from 10:00-11:00 AM MT (Here is a time converter) to participate in this discussion!

No background expertise is required to attend these meetings, and no signup or registration is required.

[Economics SIG] Tyrone Keynes on “The Impact on National Accounts from NPI’s: Economic Pandemic Model”

Anything pertaining to the structure of the model and its conclusions.

Please join us online Friday, May 13th Noon ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter)

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), the System Dynamics Society’s Economics SIG and WPI System Dynamics host Tyrone Keynes (tyrone.j.keynes@gmail.com) who will present 

The Impact on National Accounts from NPI’s: Economic Pandemic Model

Short Description: Tyrone will present a model and demonstrate the effects of lock-down measures on the national and regional accounts.

Question(s)/Comment(s) for the Audience: Anything pertaining to the structure of the model and its conclusions.

Biography: Tyrone is a production manager at a large plant in Canada and learned System Dynamics to streamline production and operation productivity.

We will record this presentation and post it to the System Dynamics Society’s YouTube channel.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-05-13

WPI System Dynamics Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Peer Tutoring Session

Peer Tutoring Sessions are open sessions where attendees network and discuss systems and simulation.

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and more on our website.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-04-29

 

[Economics SIG] David Wheat on “Modeling Aggregate Firm Demographics and Employment”

Please join us online Friday, April 8th Noon ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), the System Dynamics Society’s Economics SIG and WPI System Dynamics host I. David Wheat (dwheat@usefulmodels.net) who will present 

Modeling Aggregate Firm Demographics and Employment

Short Description: Motivated by Khalid Saeed’s modeling of Schumpeter’s ‘creative destruction’ hypothesis, my model uses an aging chain and co-flow approach to replicate the trends and patterns observed in the U.S. Census Bureau’s aggregate ‘business dynamics’ statistics—those relating to the formation and closing of firms and their establishments, the historical transition from startups to mature firms and, eventually, the end of a business life. The model also replicates the aggregate employment pattern associated with employment at age-specific business firm establishments.

Question(s)/Comments for the Audience: This is part of a comprehensive modeling effort that aims to provide a plausible endogenous explanation for the declining trend in the number of start-up firms in the U.S. economy and, more fundamentally, an explanation for the underlying decline in entrepreneurial activity. This is a wide-ranging project, and collaborators are especially welcome to help with the literature review and data analysis tasks.

Biography: Emeritus Professor Wheat studies economic systems. His research specialty is simulation modeling of macroeconomic structure and behavior in Ukraine and Lithuania, in addition to the United States. For many years, he taught the modeling process course at the University of Bergen, and he continues to teach a policy design course and a course in macrodynamics. Unable to spell retirement, he teaches 10 courses yearly in Norway, Ukraine, Lithuania, and the U.S. His projects include collaboration with Ukrainian economists to build dynamic modeling capacity at national universities in Kyiv and Lviv, creation of a system dynamics version of the central bank’s monetary policy model and, until the war, building an economic policy model for Ukrainian government ministries.   He also worked with economists at Lithuania’s central bank to develop a multi-industry system dynamics model of price dynamics in Europe. Prior to joining academia in Norway, he managed his own consulting business in the U.S. and, earlier, served as staff assistant to the President of the United States.

We will not record this presentation.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-04-08

WPI System Dynamics Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a

Peer Tutoring Session

Peer Tutoring Sessions are open sessions where attendees network and discuss systems and simulation.

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and more on our website.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-04-01

 

Mehdi Moghadam Manesh and Reza Eslamifar on “Groundwater Depletion in Iran: Does Rural Youth Migration Matter?”

Please join us online Friday, March 25th Noon ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter).

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics, the System Dynamics Society’s Water SIG and the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) network host Mehdi Moghadam Manesh and Reza Eslamifar who will present

Groundwater Depletion in Iran: Does Rural Youth Migration Matter?

Short Description: Iranian agriculture relies heavily on groundwater resources and is responsible for more than 90% of groundwater consumption. The groundwater-dependent agriculture has led to the consumption of about 100 billion cubic meters of groundwater resources in less than 50 years. The main reasons for this dependence are surface water scarcity, low annual precipitation, and improper spatial and temporal distributions of the precipitation. Given such factors and Iranian leaders’ aspirations for agricultural self-sufficiency, groundwater depletion is not surprising. However, two other factors accelerate groundwater depletion: low irrigation efficiency and competition between farmers to harvest more water, referred to as “the tragedy of the commons” in the economic literature. Therefore, although geographical, climatic, and political factors are beyond our control, by encouraging farmers to cooperate and improve irrigation technology, it can be hoped that the problem of groundwater depletion will be managed to some extent. Now, Iran witnesses an increasing rural migration. In this study, we are interested in understanding:

  • How can rural youth migration affect “self-organized collective action” and farmers’ motivation to improve irrigation efficiency?
  • Under what circumstances may rural youth migration decrease/ increase groundwater consumption?

 

Biographies:

Mehdi Moghadam Manesh has a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA and MS in system dynamics. He is passionate about applying system dynamics for policymaking, strategic management, and sustainable development. For additional information, please visit his LinkedIn profile.

Reza Eslamifar has a BS in IT engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in public policy.

 

We will record this session and post it to the System Dynamics Society’s YouTube channel.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-03-25

Phyllis Kwenda presents “Using system dynamics techniques to estimate the material recovery potential and performance of community based household solid waste management scenarios for Harare, Zimbabwe”

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics and the South African Chapter of the System Dynamics Society host Phyllis Kwenda (phyllisrumbidzaikwenda@gmail.com) who will present

Using system dynamics techniques to estimate the material recovery potential and performance of community based household solid waste management scenarios for Harare, Zimbabwe

Short Description: This presentation is on the development of the household solid waste management network, causal loop diagram and model. I will also address the impact of data availability on the development stage.

Question(s) for the Audience: Are there any other ways I could model the system given the available data and aims of the study?

Biography: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/phyllis-kwenda-35850331

We will record this session and post it to the System Dynamics Society’s YouTube channel.

Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-03-18