7th System Dynamics Summer School

July 14-17, 2020

Summer School Registration is closed.

INTRODUCTORY TRACK  |  INTERMEDIATE TRACK

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 anticipate recording all sessions for early viewing and using Summer School week for live discussion of topics and assignments. We will also have a dedicated website for materials, homework, and Q&A. This year's Summer School will focus on beginner and intermediate topics.  We expect to delve into advanced topics during a separate webinar series that is currently under development.

The lectures will be recorded and posted to Youtube. They can be watched starting July 7. Starting July 14 there will be several live discussion sections in Zoom that will cover most time zones. We will use a website for discussions, homework submissions, texts, slides, etc. Access is given after registration.

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

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

For any questions, contact the Summer School Organizers at [email protected].


Please check back for updates as we pivot to a Virtual Summer School


Introductory Track Planned Schedule

Tuesday
July 14

Wednesday
July 15

Thursday
July 16

Friday
July 17

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

Welcome Reception

 

 

Closing Reception

The Instructors for the Introductory Track are:

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)


 

Intermediate Track Planned Schedule

Tuesday
July 14

Wednesday
July 15

Thursday
July 16

Friday
July 17

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

Welcome Reception

 

 

Closing Reception

The Instructors for the Intermediate Track are:

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