Dynamic Modelling Workshop & Training Sydney 18-22 February 2013

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Dynamic Modelling: What, Why and How? Examples from New Technology Adoption, Infectious Disease and Health Care


Screencast YouTube Videos

NathanielOsgood Channel

  • Public Lecture: Dynamic Modeling & Big Data for Health Insight
  • Brief Comments on Why Model
  • Essentials of the Dynamical Modeling process
  • A Few Hybrid Models in AnyLogic
  • Comments on Sensitivity and Calibration in AnyLogic
  • A Brief Demonstration of Emergence in AnyLogic
  • Messages and Networks in AnyLogic
  • Events in AnyLogic
  • Dynamic Populations and Networks in AnyLogic
  • Data output in AnyLogic
  • Recording Flow Statistics (eg Incidence) in AnyLogic
  • Implementing Agent Mobility in AnyLogic
  • Brief Overview of Debugging in AnyLogic
  • Merged Heuristics for Choosing Model Types
  • Anatomy of AnyLogic Parameter Variation Experiments
  • Introduction to AnyLogic Statecharts
  • Spatial Embedding and Discrete Time
  • Building a Hierarchical ABM in AnyLogic

Dynamic Modelling Sydney Feb 2013 Post-Workshop

Key Instructors

Osgood.jpg Nathaniel Osgood PhD CS (MIT)and MIT Post-Graduate Lecturer in Dynamic Modelling, and AP University of Saskatchewan http://www.cs.usask.ca/faculty/ndo885/

  • Nate teaches post-graduate courses at MIT, NIH/CDC and his own University, covering the theory and practice of Agent-Based and System Dynamics modelling and the use of ubiquitous portable, wireless sensor systems for health insight and decision-making. He has many publications,videos, lectures and examples available online.

Andrei-borshchev.jpg Andrei Borshchev CEO XJ Technologies, Developer of AnyLogic http://www.xjtek.com/

  • Andrei has a PhD from St Petersburg Technical University and post-doc experience at HP Bristol Labs. He teaches and presents regularly at International Meetings and Courses, covering a wide range of multi-method applications and techniques. He is currently authoring The Big Book of AnyLogic

88px-GMcD_Passport_2012.jpg Geoff McDonnell Simulation Research Fellow, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation UNSW.

  • Geoff is a physician and engineer with two decades experience in dynamic modelling teaching, consulting and research in health and eHealth. He received Simulation Australia's Achievement Award in 2011 as a great Australian pioneer in health systems simulation and health informatics.

Public Presentations UNSW

  • 12.45pm to 1.45pm Tuesday 19th February: Nathaniel Osgood will present a talk on Big Data and Models: Digital Epidemiology
  • 1pm to 2pm Thursday 21st February: Andrei Borshchev will present a talk on Agent Based Modelling: The State of Practice

Target Audience

  • Planners, managers, researchers, practitioners, consultants and policy makers interested in an advanced in-depth overview of dynamic modelling methods, examples of their use and potential (Days 1 and 2).
  • Researchers, students, and modelling practitioners wishing to advance their use of AnyLogic for multimethod modelling (Days 1 to 5).

Venue Accommodation and Dates

  • Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 2013, (first 2 days for detailed management overview, full 5 days for practical training) followed by
  • Related Event Mon 25th February 2013 CenSoC UTS 645 Harris St Ultimo near Central Railway


  • To open in a full screen window and explore further go to Dynamic Modeling Course Threads IM-2949
  • Dynamic Modelling: What and Why? with AnyLogic
    • Agent-based models
    • System Dynamics models
    • Process-centric Discrete Event Models
    • Modelling Behaviour Mechanisms
    • Hybrid Systems Science Methods, including multiscale models
    • The Modelling Process
    • Parameter estimation, Calibration and Sensitivity Testing
    • Performance considerations
    • Linking models and data
    • Technical and Process Best Practices
  • Examples
    • Infection spread and control
    • Technology innovation and diffusion
    • Logistics, Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Workforce
    • Aged Care and End of Life Decisions
    • Diabetes Values and Useable Technologies
    • Chronic Kidney Disease, Indigenous Health, Diabetes
    • Rural health
    • Marketing and Choice Models


  • 2 days (Mon, Tues) Overview focus on what and why, followed by
  • 3 days (Wed to Fri) Hands On focus on how, followed by
  • 1 day (Mon) Related Choice Behaviour Modelling Event

Detailed Agenda

  • Agenda for 5 days Spreadsheet (Tentative, will be further customised to the needs of the actual registrants)

Related Event

Choice Modelling CenSoC Sydney Feb 2013

Pricing and Logistics

  • First 2 days detailed overview only (for managers) Full rate $1950 including GST, Academic and Student rate $1055 including GST
  • Full 5 days (for more hands-on practical training) Full rate $3950 including GST, Academic and Student rate $1995 including GST
  • For hands-on, bring your own computer (simulation software will be provided), Wifi available
  • Places are limited (30 for the 5 Day option) and allocated on a first to pay basis
  • Breakfast lunch and break refreshments are provided
  • Notes and Example models are provided to all participants

Registration and Payment Details

  • UNSW Online registration and payment Shortened link is http://bit.ly/RJgWpE
    • Credit card (preferred) or cheque (this option will appear after you fill in the first screen)
    • (note the limit refers to the room size)
  • For any enquiries, contact Geoff McDonnell email geoff.mcdonnell@unsw.edu.au Phone 0419 016 116

For Registrants

  • To assist with customising the content of the workshop for your needs, please email the following details to Geoff McDonnell:
    • Name:
    • Email:
    • Status: Academic / Student / Commercial / Government / Other
    • The workshop you will attend: 2 Day or 5 Day
    • Background in Simulation :
    • Software packages used :
    • Main areas of Interest :
    • Are you interested in Choice modelling?
    • Can you attend the UTS CenSoc Choice modelling workshop on Mon 25th and Tue 26th February?


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