Sunday, June 24, 2007

41st Annual Simulation Symposium, Ottawa, Canada

41st Annual Simulation SymposiumOttawa, Canada
Part of the 2008 Spring Simulation Multiconference
April 13-16, 2008
Sponsored by:
The Society for Modeling and Simulation International(Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society)

IMPORTANT DATESPaper Submission Deadline: 10/15/2007 Acceptance Notification: 11/30/2007 Camera-Ready Paper: 1/18/2008

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

John Morecroft Published New Book

Strategic Modelling and Business Dynamics: A Feedback Systems Approach

Paperback: 424 pages
Publisher: Wiley (September 10, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470012862
ISBN-13: 978-0470012864

Thursday, August 03, 2006

An interesting research topic

Many of the serious technical incidents happn because of the human machine interaction failures. Some of these interactions are due to the delays in the machine operations or human cognition as well as the reinfinforcing feedback loops which overshoots. One intersting case whcih I think can be analysed by the applciation of system dynamics is "Pilot-induced oscillation ".
Pilot-induced oscillation (PIO), occurs when the pilott of an aircraft inadvertently commands an often increasing series of corrections in opposite directions, each an attempt to cover the aircraft's reaction to the previous input with an overcorrection in the opposite direction.

This is an interesting area to be modelled and researched by System Dynamics. Probably providing learning simulators to improve the pilots performance.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

System Thinking and Modelling Master Program

IT Univesity in Gothenburg(Sweden) has a master program about "System Thinking and modelling" where Prof. Hans Bjornsson and Prof. Pal Davidsen teach system dynamics and system thinking. The program is running in English and in part-time mode.

My book review is published in System Dynamics Review

My review about the book : "Modelling Complex Projects" is published in the summer edition of the System Dynamics Review. You can download the review from the journal website:Terry Williams. John Wiley & Sons, 2002, ISBN 0-471-89945-3, 276 pages

Friday, July 28, 2006

Upcoming SD relevant conferences

2nd European Modeling and Simulation Symposiom, October 4th to 6th, 2006, Barcelona, Spain

International Modeling and Simulation Multiconference Feb 8th to 10th 2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 22nd European Conference on Operational Research EURO XXII, July 8th to 11th 2007, Prague

Winter Simulation Conference December 3rd to 6th 2006 Monterey, CA USA

The winner of Dana Meadows Award - 2006

In this year SD conference the paper from "Özge Karanfil" was announced as the winner of "Dana Meadows Award". This quality paper presents "A Dynamic Simulator for the Management of Disorders of the Body Water Metabolism". An innovative application for SD.
This selection indicates the expanding application of SD from being merely used in business and mangement to applications in Natural Sciences.
The full paper is available at:

2006 System Dynamics Conference - Nijmegen

The 2006 system dynamics conference was an interesting event with some very good presentations from SD practitioners from around the world. However I think still SD community is not communicating well with the other disciplines. Especially the presentation from Peter Vanderminden was intertesting. He brought up the discussion of "if SD is a field or a methodology?" and was clear that there was not an agreement on this issue between the audiences in the planery session.
I hope the SD practitioners and researchers can ellaborate on how communication of SD with other disciplines can be facilitated.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

simulation professor

As combining discrete event and SD simulation is a new trend in research I may now and then introduce some of the researchers who have already taken steps in this direction or at least have a research interest in this area.

Stewart Robinson
Professor of Operational Research
Warwick Business School

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Operational Research Conference- 11 September

This year Operational Research Conference will be held Between 11-13 September in University of Bath. There is a special Track for System Dynamics which is a chance to present your works. Only an abstarct is sufficient and no formal paper is required. visit

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