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System Dynamics Society
Milne 300, Rockefeller College
135 Western Avenue
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222 USA

Phone: +1 (518) 442-3865 FAX: +1 (518) 442-3398

Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW)

The popular Modeling Assistance Workshop will be offered again this year. Modeling assistance opportunities include two workshops, as well as the opportunity to obtain modeling assistance at any time during the conference. Gary Hirsch and Rod MacDonald will be organizing these activities. This offering enables participants to obtain one-on-one coaching on specific modeling questions. Questions may relate to a model that you are thinking about, studying, or developing. Questions may also relate to something that you don’t understand in one of the System Dynamics textbooks or software packages. You might even get the author of the textbook or software as your coach! All levels of modeling background are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Modeling questions may cover problem articulation, dynamic hypothesis, model formulation, model testing, or policy design and evaluation. Bring whatever materials you need to describe your modeling question, including pencil and paper, diagrams, articles, books, or laptop computers. If you bring a computer, be sure your battery is fully charged, as we cannot guarantee electrical power or power adapters.

The Modeling Assistance Workshop will be held on Monday at 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm, and Tuesday at 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Others who would like to observe the process are cordially invited to join as spectators during these public workshops. In addition, we plan to have a room with flipcharts, worktables and chairs, and electrical power to be continuously available throughout the conference for one-on-one modeling assistance sessions outside of the two public workshop times.


Modelers: If you think you may be interested in receiving assistance on a modeling question at the conference, please notify us in advance of the conference by writing to Rod MacDonald at Your writing in advance will help us arrange for sufficient coaching resources, and will also act as an early registration (first come, first served) in case we can arrange only a limited number of coaches. Finally, if you would like some help framing your modeling question, Rod will be pleased to work with you via email to help you clarify them.

Coaches: If you think you may be interested in coaching, please write to Gary Hirsch at Gary will work with you via email to ensure that the modeling question assigned to you is commensurate with your System Dynamics abilities and interests.

We have had numerous spectators at past Modeling Assistance Workshops. All are welcome to join the two public workshops as spectators.