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September 26, 2007

System Dynamics Modeling Interest Meeting

This looks like it might be very relevant to the concepts we are discussing in class. I'll be attending.

The Center for Science Technology and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute and the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota are holding a meeting to discuss System Dynamics modeling at the University of Minnesota.

Scott Johnson of BP, an expert in System Dynamics (SD) modeling, is the featured speaker. (Please see Scott Johnson’s biography below). He will give an introduction to SD modeling and be available for questions. In addition, we plan to discuss how SD can be used in public policy generally, in Science and Technology policy specifically and in environmental analysis. We will also discuss the possibility of forming a MN SD interest group.

All U of M faculty, staff and students, as well as outside guests, are welcome to attend. Please feel free to forward this invitation on to others at the U of M or elsewhere who might be interested.

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wilkins Room 215, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Please RSVP to Mahri Monson at, and contact her with any questions.

Below are some relevant documents that came with the email.
System Dynamics and the Lessons of 35 years

The potential of system dynamics: A new era of strategic planning?

...some Java applets related to the readings

Here are some cute web-based applets that illustrate some aspects of the readings:

John Conway's Game of Life


The Mandelbrot Set

*Note that you can only go so deep in the mandelbrot in this simulation. This is because the computer can only represent the data to a finite number of decimal places.



First entry

Together we will explore the capabilities of this system -- discovering what it can and what it cannot do. Since you are reading this, you have passed the first hurdle.