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Weekly WPI System Dynamics Digest: Keeping people in the loop
January 3rd, 2021

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Hello, WPI SD Mailing List.

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Happy New (Gregorian calendar) Year!

Raafat Zaini and I had a conversation last week about different calendar systems. Maybe we should have a system dynamics calendar system with our new year being Forrester's birthday and our celebration being the International System Dynamics Conference? Other days can be celebrations/remembrances of other greats (Dana Meadows, Barry Richmond, etc.) in the field? Alright, enough of my random ramblings. Raafat suggested that I move the SD/ST quotes/poems/songs that I put in the p.s. sections of past digests up. Please let me know if you like (or dislike) the rearranging. Now, I will end with this quote and move onto with digest.

To paraphrase a common prayer: God grant us the serenity to exercise our bounded rationality freely in the systems that are structured appropriately, the courage to restructure the systems that aren't, and the wisdom to know the difference! (Meadows, 2008, p. 110)

Meadows, D. H. (2008). Thinking in Systems: A Primer. Chelsea Green Publishing.

The WPI System Dynamics Collective Learning Meetings (CLMs) for next semester will be on Fridays 3PM - 4PM ET (Boston time). Check the tentative schedule, guidelines and requirements (recording is optional) in the link below:

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News and Updates
The recording of the System Dynamics Society's "Modeling COVID-19: A Panel Discussion" on Dec 22nd is available on YouTube. Let the SD Society know what you think about the discussion
Some of the University of Bergen's System Dynamics modeling process class presentations are available through Prof. Birgit Kopainsky's Vimeo account
For more System Dynamics news, see the "Society News" section near the bottom of the System Dynamics Society's home page. Here is the link to past WPI System Dynamics Digests. Ventana Systems graciously offered to archive the WPI SD Digests and other emails so you can use the search feature. Thank you, Ventana Systems!

Reminders and Requests
Spring 2021 WPI System Dynamics Graduate Courses
SD 550. System Dynamics Foundation: Managing Complexity
SD 557. Latent Structures, Unintended Consequences and Policy
SD 562. Project Dynamics
If you are not enrolled in a WPI program, you can still take classes as a non-WPI student
Tuition and International Payment Information
3 credit hour/course * $1,610/credit hour = $4,830/course (+ $60 graduate fee)
Review Requests
Khalid Saeed's (saeed@wpi.edu)
People Express
Prof. Saeed will use this in his undergrad course SS 1505: Games for Understanding Complexity
"Fishy" Banks: A Game about Human Trafficking
Developed by two WPI undergrad students
Advised by Prof. Saeed and Prof. Renata Konrad
Working paper "Why Forrester wished to replace both differential equations and economics?"
Francisco "Paco" Araujo's
MIES Project model which investigates the dynamics of research, knowledge, and understanding
Arctic Social-Environmental System model which he built as a result of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) 2020 workshop "Peace Engineering in the Arctic: Accommodating diverse interests in a changing environment"
Büşra Atamer Balkan, Hector Menendez, Andreas Nicolaidis, Kelechi Odoemena, Robert Lamb, Monique Ann Tiongco, Stueti Gupta, and Arpitha Peteru's "Understanding the Impact of COVID19 on Agriculture and Food Supply Chains: System Dynamics Modeling for the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers”
Requests for Collaborators
Rowland Chen on the small business failure problem / sustainable small businesses goal
Survey Requests
System Dynamics Society (SDS) survey
SDS Student Chapter survey on the SD Colloquium
Undergrad and Grad students, please help WPI Data Science develop a depression screening tool by filling out the EMU Survey
The Operational Research (OR) Society is looking to create a network of independent consultants working in OR and systems thinking
Listen to or read the transcripts to SD-cast's "What is your SDory?" series using the button below:
SD-cast: What is your SDory?
SD-cast is also available on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts


System Dynamics/Dynamical Systems/Systems Thinking Events
MIT System Dynamics Monday Morning Seminars
MIT's "Applying Systems Thinking in Technical Environments" by John Sterman
Wed, Jan 6th 12PM (Boston time)
Details
Climate Interactive's "How to Facilitate a World Climate Simulation"
Thu, Jan 7th 12PM (Boston time)
Details
The Waters Center for Systems Thinking's Open Studio "Key Accumulations in the New Year–Stock-Flow Maps"
Thu, Jan 7th
9AM PST // 12PM (Boston time)
3PM PST // 6PM (Boston time)
Details
One World Dynamics Monthly Seminars
Stochastic Dynamics
Fri, Jan 8th 3PM (Berlin time) // 9AM (Boston time)
The Waters Center for Systems Thinking's Teacher Studio "Key Accumulations in the New Year–Stock-Flow Maps"
Sat, Jan 9th 9AM PST // 12PM (Boston time)
Details
The Waters Center for Systems Thinking's Studio Series
On Tuesdays from Jan 19 - Feb 23rd
Leading for Impactful Change
8AM - 10AM PST // 11AM - 1PM (Boston time)
Details
Introduction to Systems Thinking
2PM - 4PM PST // 5PM - 7PM (Boston time)
Details
WPI System Dynamics Collective Learning Meeting
Screening of "2020 Vision: Reflections on World Dynamics & The Limits to Growth" by David Lane [Lane expected to attend virtually]
Fri, Jan 29th 3PM - 4PM (Boston time)
Details TBA
The Waters Center for Systems Thinking's Health System Forum
Thu, Feb 11th 8AM - 2PM PST // 11AM - 5PM (Boston time)
Details
Institute for Computational & Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) Workshop on Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Social Justice
Mar 8th - 10th
Details
SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS21)
May 23rd - 27th
Details
MLDADS 2021 – Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Dynamical Systems
Wed, Jun 16th
Details
The 39th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
Jul 25th - 29th
Details
Various Systems Thinking Events

Job or Research Opportunities
Lecturer
Purdue University's Purdue Systems Collaboratory and College of Engineering
Full-time, Academic Year (9 month)
Job Begins: Jan 2021
Details
The Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull in the UK has a PhD scholarship to work on "Systems Thinking for Land Use Policy Making"
Deadline: Tue, Jan 5th
Details
Santa Fe Institute Undergraduate Complexity Research program
Deadline: Mon, Jan 11th
Details
Full-Time PostDoc in Disease Systems Modeling
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: Fri, Jan 22nd
Details
PhD Student in Collective Behavior
Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Details
Research Associate
Case Western University's Center for Community Health Integration
Details
Assistant, Associate and Full Professor
Case Western University's Center for Community Health Integration
Details
Assistant Professor of Management, Business Analytics or Information Systems
Alfred University
Details
Management Consultants specializing in system dynamics and advanced analytics
Sage Analysis Group
1-page overview
Details
See the SD Society's Career Link page which has more job postings

Call for Papers/Abstracts/Grants
Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice Grant
Letters of Intent Deadline: Tue, Nov 24th 3PM EST (Boston time)
Details
Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities Grant
Expiration date: Mon, May 8th, 2023
Details
SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (DS21)
Deadline for Minisymposium Proposal: Mon, Jan 11th
Deadline for Contributed Lecture, Poster and Minisymposium Presentation Abstracts: Mon, Jan 25th
Details
10th OR Society Simulation Workshop 2021 (SW21)
Deadline for posters: Tue, Jan 12th
Details
11th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Deadline: Fri, Jan 15th
Details
MLDADS 2021 – Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Dynamical Systems
Deadline: Fri, Jan 15th
Details
2021 Annual Modeling and Simulation Conference
Deadline for Tutorial Proposal: Fri, Jan 22nd
Deadline for Paper Submission: Mon, Mar 1st
Details
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Special Issue on Sustainability and Resilience in Health: The Role of Performance Management
Deadline: Sun, Jan 31st
Details
SIAM conference on Control and Its Applications (CT21)
Deadline for Minisymposium Proposal: Wed, Jan 13th
Deadline for Contributed Lecture, Poster and Minisymposium Presentation Abstracts: Wed, Feb 3rd
Details
Fourth Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems (NERCCS 2021)
Deadline: Mon, Feb 1st
Details
Systems Special Issue on System Dynamics and Quantitative Methods for the Analysis of Societal Threats
Deadline: Sun, Feb 14th
Details
Institute for Computational & Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) Workshop on Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Social Justice
Deadline: Fri, Feb 19th
Details
Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Social Justice
31st European Conference on Operational Research
Deadline: Sun, Feb 28th
Details
2021 International System Dynamics Conference
Deadline: Thu, Mar 25th
Details

COVID News/Resources
System Dynamics Society's COVID-19 page
COVID models by users of
isee Exchange™
InsightMaker
Feel free to add videos to this COVID-19 simulation models YouTube playlist
Turgay Ayer, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Benjamin Linas, et al.'s COVID-19 Simulator
Mohammad S Jalali, Catherine DiGennaro, and Devi Sridhar's "Transparency assessment of COVID-19 models"
Sibel Eker's "Validity and usefulness of COVID-19 models"
Marichi Gupta, Aditya Bansal, Bhav Jain, Jillian Rochelle, Atharv Oak, Mohammad S.Jalali's "Whether the Weather Will Help Us Weather the COVID-19 Pandemic: Using Machine Learning to Measure Twitter Users’ Perceptions"
Raafat Zaini's presentation videos:
"Simulating the COVID19 Pandemic a Facebook Live AMA with special guest Raafat Zaini on 9/18/2020."
"COVID-10 The Systems Thinking Way: Dynamic Behavior & Feedback Structures Perspective"
Büşra Atamer Balkan, Hector Menendez, Andreas Nicolaidis, Kelechi Odoemena, Robert Lamb, Monique Ann Tiongco, Stueti Gupta, and Arpitha Peteru request feedback on their preprint "Understanding the Impact of COVID19 on Agriculture and Food Supply Chains: System Dynamics Modeling for the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers”
Strategy Dynamics has a free demo of their COVID-vaccine roll-out model
Kim Warren released version 4 of his COVID-19 model and created a short course explaining the model.
Maurice Glucksman and Kim Warren's "The COVID-19 Model Localisation Challenge: Webinar 1 (18-Nov-2020): Swindon Data Example" video is available
Navid Ghaffarzadegan's "Simulation-Based What-If Analysis for Controlling the Spread of Covid-19 in Universities" article is available online
AnyLogic blog post on "COVID-19 and Simulation" has videos and links to other posts on System Dynamics and Agent-Based Models. AnyLogic 8.7's pedestrian library now contains social distancing rules
Ali Asgary and Mahdi M. Najafabadi's "Drive Through Mass Vaccination Sim for COVID-19" Agent-Based and Discrete-Event Simulation model
Julie Swann and Pinar Keskinocak presented "How to Model 'Diseases' and Use those Models to Drive Timely Decisions and Actions that Produce Rapid Benefits." Prof. Keskinocak presented an Agent-Based model
Apply your systems understanding & problem-solving skills in full-scale complexity, where it matters. Come help today, join with Yaneer Bar-Yam to end the pandemic at http://EndCoronavirus.org. Humanity will be glad you did. - Tomás Gutiérrez
Join The Modeling and Simulation Coronavirus Pandemic Task Force
Join the COVID-19 Resources (Systems Community) Facebook group
For more COVID-19 modeling resources, see
The "Jamming the Curve” [competition enlisted] over 400 independent video game developers around the world to develop concepts for games that reflect the real-world dynamics of COVID-19 -https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/ ... t-covid-19
COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
Aroon Chande, Seolha Lee, Mallory Harris, Quan Nguyen, Stephen J. Beckett, Troy Hilley, Clio Andris & Joshua S. Weitz's "Real-time, interactive website for US-county-level COVID-19 event risk assessment" Nature article
The University of Texas COVD-19 Modeling Consortium's Expected number of COVID-19 cases arriving at school tool
CDC spreadsheet-based tools for:
state and local policy makers to compare different contact tracing strategies
hospital admins and public health officials to estimate demand
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's resources page
Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine report in early Oct
Videos to Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health & Society: COVID-19 and Climate Change (NAM Annual Meeting)
"Putting Games to Work in the Battle Against COVID-19" is an article on the Jamming the Curve COVID video game competition.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics' (SIAM)
Mathematical Resources to Help Understand COVID-19 page
Report on Future Research Directions for NSF in the Era of COVID-19
Erin C.S. Acquesta, Walt Beyeler, Pat Finley, Katherine Klise, Monear Makvandi, and Emma Stanislawski's "Modeling Resource Demands and Constraints for COVID-19 Intervention Strategies"
INFORMS' Information on COVID-19 and Pandemics page
"INFORMS Journal on Computing has several papers of timely importance given our pandemic / vaccine situation. See INFORMS Journal on Computing: Vol 32, No 4 for the whole issue." - Alice Smith
The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)'s Coronavirus Resource & Response page
Other Events
AnyLogic Events
The University of Hong Kong's Systems Analytics Global Leaders' Seminars
RASC: Randomized Algorithms for Scientific Computing (an extended virtual workshop in two parts)
Part 1: Dec 2-3 from 11AM - 3PM (Boston time)
Part 2: Jan 6-7, from 11AM - 3PM (Boston time)
US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Applied Mathematics program sponsored
Details
2021 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Short Course on "Mathematical and Computational Methods for Complex Social Systems"
Jan 3rd - 5th
Details
IISE webinar on "Healthcare Adoption of AI Machine Learning Paradigm"
Tue, Jan 12th 1PM (Boston time)
Details
IISE Data Analytics and Information Systems division webinar on "An Introduction to the Fairness in Machine Learning, Fundamental Concepts, and Real-World Examples"
Tue, Jan 19th 11AM (Boston time)
Details
11th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Mar 7th - 11th
Details
Brown University's Institute for Computational & Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) workshop on "Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Social Justice"
Mar 8th - 10th
Details
10th OR Society Simulation Workshop 2021 (SW21)
Mar 22nd - 24th
Details
Fourth Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems (NERCCS 2021)
Mar 31st - Apr 2nd
Details
International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2021)
Jun 16th - 18th
Details
31st European Conference on Operational Research
Jul 11th - 14th
Details
SIAM conference on Control and Its Applications (CT21)
Jul 19th - 21st
Details
2021 Annual Modeling and Simulation Conference (ANNSIM'21)
Jul 19th - 22nd
Details
Advice to posters seeking help (it really helps us to help you)
http://www.ventanasystems.co.uk/forum/v ... f=2&t=4391

Units are important!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27509559
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