Systems Modelling Conference

Systems thinking and modelling is the science of integration, where every system is conceptualised as a set of inter-related components. Systems thinking and systems modelling provides a problem solving approach that helps us develop the capacity to understand and manage complexity in a systemic way and how to deal with it in multi-stakeholder situations.

The Systems Modelling Conference is focused on the use of whole-systems approach to design and manage complex problems in socio-technical and socio-ecological systems. It will showcase the use of systems thinking and systems modelling in a wide range of areas.

We invite you to join us!

The theme of the conference is on 'using systems thinking to challenge mental models'. Human's mind is inclined to think about complex problems linearly, from causes to effects. It does not generally consider multi-causalities and feedback loops in the structure of the systems, which have caused problems. This incomplete picture of mental models often results in failed decisions and sub-optimal designs; those that solve one issue but create several new problems. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, and students to share ideas and experiences about how the use of systems thinking and systems modelling techniques, in different sectors (infrastructure, defence, energy, water, etc.), can inform mental models and enable tackling real world complex problems.

Keynote Speakers

  • Associate Professor Shayne Gary, AGSM Fellow, UNSW Business School
  • Dr Barry Newell, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Commodore Allison Norris, Director General, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre

The presentations include:

  • Dr Sondoss El Sawah, Dr Enayat Moallemi: Exploratory Modelling: An Approach for Enhancing Systems Modelling Capability for the Treatment of Future Uncertainties
  • Dr Leon Young: Underpinning Strategic Thinking with Systems
  • Mr Jon P. Abundo: Reflections on Applying System Thinking Techniques to Improve Problem Understanding in the Defence Context
  • FLTLT Lee Gordon-Brown: Simulation in AFTG Training
  • Dr Chris Browne: Manipulating Flows to Overcome Stock-Flow Confusion
  • Ms Fateme Zare: Use of Systems Thinking and System Dynamics for Decision Analysis: A Case study in Water Resource Assessment
  • LCDR Victoria Jnitova: Bringing M&S for Military Workforce Planning and Management to the Masses
  • Dr Tim McKay: Modelling Complex Warfighting
  • Mr Ehsan Nabavi: The End of Paradox?Stop Looking in the Wrong Place for Achieving Sustainability
  • Mr Richard Mouthaan: Systems Thinking and Selection for Extreme Environments
  • Dr Donald Lowe and Dr Andrew Flahive: Systems Thinking in Force Design
  • Mr Cameron Allen - Qualitative and Quantitative Systems Analysis to Support National Development Planning for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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