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International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, 2016


Join Forio at the 2016 System Dynamics Conference! System dynamics helps analyze dynamically complex economic, social, and environmental issues, and this year’s theme is “Black Swans and Black Lies: System Dynamics in the Context of Randomness and Political Power-play.” The annual conference brings together people from around the world to share important research and application results and to build the community of those active in the field.

There are several opportunities to meet Forio throughout the conference.

Model Expo & Technology Session

On Monday July 18 at 10:30am, Forio is participating in the Model Expo, where Michael Bean is presenting Technology to Construct Models without Direct Assistance from Modeling Experts.

Abstract. An online system dynamics model combining optimization and machine learning algorithms let marketing analysts define their products, consumer preferences, and competitors and then analyze how sales and market share evolve over time. Optimization and machine learning algorithms provide suggestions for reasonable model parameter settings and tune the model to match assumptions and data available to the analyst. Analysts can construct and interact with models online without assistance.

On Monday afternoon at 2pm, Forio is participating in a moderated Technology Session on the same topic.

User Group

On Tuesday July 19 at 1pm, at Forio is hosting a Demonstration and Users’ Group Meeting for Forio’s platform.


On Thursday July 21 at 8:30am, Forio is hosting a workshop, Creating Interactive Simulations Online with Forio Epicenter, led by Michael Bean.

Abstract. Forio Epicenter allows you to create an interface so users can interact with your model online. Vensim and other system dynamics languages for simulation are supported on Epicenter. Forio can host your simulation for you, and the platform also has the ability to integrate with your existing IT infrastructure, making it enterprise-compatible. Forio Epicenter includes tiered control for tens or thousands of users. During this workshop, we will start with an introduction to Epicenter and sample interactive online models. Then we’ll divide the workshop into two parts. In the first part we will teach you how to get your model on Epicenter so it can be shared. In the second part we’ll focus on creating a user interface for your model.