6th System Dynamics Summer School
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, July 16-19, 2019

The Summer School will be held at the University of New Mexico. The learning goals cover the entire modeling process, starting with problem definition, followed by model conceptualization, formulation, testing, parameter estimation, and policy analysis. Participants will join the introductory track or the intermediate track based on the results of a survey/quiz. 

Click here to register online     Summer School Housing Available

Each track will be guided by a distinguished faculty with experience in both teaching and applications. Instruction is organized in two tracks with the schedules shown below. Summer School will be followed by the International System Dynamics Conference held at the Hotel Albuquerque July 21-25, 2019.


Introductory Track Planned Schedule

 

Tuesday July 16

Wednesday July 17

Thursday July 18

Friday July 19

7:45-8:30

Breakfast & Registration

8:00-8:30
Breakfast

8:00-8:30
Breakfast

8:00-8:30
Breakfast

8:30-9:00

Introduction to Summer School

Learning Circles

Learning Circles

Learning Circles

9:00-10:30

Modeling Steps & Problem Definition

Modeling Feedback

Modeling Nonlinear Relationships

Model Analysis

10:30-10:45

Morning Break

10:45-12:15

Conceptual Modeling with Stocks and Flows

Modeling Information

Modeling Decision-making

Introduction to Model Use

12:15-1:30

Lunch Break: we are on our own for lunch

1:30-3:00

System Dynamics modeling logistics

Modeling Workshop: accumulation, feedback, & information

Model Validation

Common Pitfalls and Good Practices with Workshop

3:00-3:30

Afternoon Break

3:30-5:00

Formal Modeling with Stocks and Flows

Applications Lecture
(Mark Paich)

Modeling businesses that don't exist; Two case studies

Applications Lecture
(Ignacio Martinez-Moyano)

Transportation Security

Applications Lecture
(Jack Homer)

Health Care Policy Modeling

5:00-6:00

Welcome Reception

Dinner
(on our own)

Dinner
(on our own)

Closing Reception

Introductory participants will develop skills needed for rigorous modeling and learn to construct, simulate, test and apply introductory models.


Intermediate instruction follows the schedule below. The learning goals are like the introductory track, with exercises and lectures designed for participants with more experience in system dynamics.

 Intermediate Track Planned Schedule

 

Tuesday July 16

Wednesday July 17

Thursday July 18

Friday July 19

7:45-8:30

Breakfast & Registration

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

8:30-9:00

Introduction

Learning Circles

Learning Circles

Learning Circles

 

9:00-10:30

Steps of Modeling: Problem Description

Slides Exercises

Simulating Nonlinear Relationships

Slides Exercises

Recognizing and avoiding Common Pitfalls

Slides Exercises

Selection of models to be improved

Slides Exercise Notes

10:30-10:45

Morning Break

 

10:45-12:15

Model Building: Stocks and Flows

Slides Exercises

Simulating the Flow of Information

Slides Exercises

Validation Testing: for us & our client

Slides Exercises

Student teams working on model improvements

12:15-1:30

Lunch Break: we are on our own for lunch

 

1:30-3:00

 

Checking Results with Equilibrium Diagrams

Slides Exercises

Checking Results with delays in the flow of information

Slides Exercises

Topic to be selected based on students’ progress

Slides Exercises

Student teams continue with model improvements

3:00-3:30

Afternoon Break

 

3:30-5:00

Diagrams to show feedback loops

Slides Exercises

Applications Lecture
(Mark Paich)

Modeling businesses that don't exist; Two case studies

Applications Lecture
(Ignacio Martinez-Moyano)

Transportation Security

Applications Lecture
(Jack Homer)

Health Care Policy Modeling

5:00-6:00

Welcome Reception

Dinner
(on our own)

Dinner
(on our own)

Closing Reception


Color Notes

Grey sessions are mainly lecture/discussion, with remaining time for exercises. Green sessions are similar, but with more time for building and testing models. Unshaded sessions are open to all students, instructors and visitors. Breakfast and two receptions will be provided to registered attendees.

Summer School Faculty

Classes will be taught by internationally recognized System Dynamics professors and practitioners, including:

Instructors

  • David N. Ford, Texas A&M University
  • Andy Ford, Washington State University
  • Peter Hovmand, Washington University

Speakers

  • Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Mark Paich, PWC
  • Jack Homer, Homer Consulting

Logistics

  • Len Malczynski, University of New Mexico

 

Participant Logistics

  • Mark your calendar for 16 July until 19 July and enroll as soon as possible. You may click here to register online for Summer School.
  • Summer School will be held on the University of New Mexico Albuquerque (UNM) campus. The Student Union Building (SUB) has several restaurants with many more only a short walk away. Student housing details are forthcoming.
  • You will be contacted with a request to take a short quiz that faculty will use to identify whether the introductory or intermediate track is best for you.
  • Participation will be restricted to 40 participants in each track, so there is a maximum of 80 participants at Summer School.
  • Remember to bring your own laptop and download the free, Vensim PLE software (https://vensim.com/) prior to Summer School.
  • Summer School Cancellation Policy: If the minimum number of students is not reached a full refund will be offered to all paid Summer School registrants. Any cancellation of Summer School registration must be submitted in writing to the Summer School organizers at [email protected]. Cancellations on or before June 1, 2019 are subject to a cancellation fee of 50%. Thereafter, no refund will be given; however, a registration may be transferred to a substitute participant.
  • The System Dynamics Summer School is managed by volunteers who are members of the System Dynamics Society. The Society collects fees and provides the website and email address below.

 


The 2019 International System Dynamics Conference follows the Summer School

The annual Conference of the System Dynamics Society will be held at the Hotel Albuquerque. Summer School participants are encouraged to take advantage of both Summer School and the conference: two learning opportunities, back-to-back in the same city:

  • The System Dynamics Colloquium on Sunday, July 21 is an excellent opening day, especially for those who are in the early stages of learning and application of modeling.
  • The formal conference sessions are July 22-23-24. Summer school participants are not required to register and attend the formal conference, but they are encouraged to do so. (Even if you do not submit a paper, we recommend that you attend the conference sessions so you can continue to learn and network with the community.)
  • The final opportunity is the post-conference “workshops day” on Thursday, July 25. The workshops provide unparalleled opportunities for newcomers and advanced modelers alike, as they all benefit from learning new skills, hearing about current developments, and building professional networks.
For more information, visit the System Dynamics Society conference website

https://www.systemdynamics.org/conference

Or inquire by e-mail: [email protected]