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Archive: 2016 (Simulation Special Interest Group)

Monday, 21 Nov 2016
Thomas M Monks

John Ladbrook and Michael Higgins

Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Wednesday January 18th 2017, 10:00-12:00, Department of Computer Science, St John’s Building SJ050, Brunel University London

External visitors please see for directions and notify Dr Simon J E Taylor ( if you wish to attend this event.


host: Dr Simon J E Taylor

Modelling & Simulation Group, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London



The Ford simulation team has consistently saved millions of dollars over the past four years and as a result there has been a marked increase in the use of simulation within Powertrain Manufacturing.  This talk outlines the methods and tools used by the team to achieve such savings and how the simulation approach is streamlined to meet the increased demand.  Further, the presentation identifies the benefits of forming strong links with academia as well as the areas of both current and future research interest.



JOHN LADBROOK In 1998 after 4 years research into modelling breakdowns he gained an M.Phil. (Eng.) with the University of Birmingham.  It was at this time he was promoted to his current position of Simulation Technical Specialist.  Since 1982 he has used and promoted the use of Discrete Event Simulation within Ford and Education and has been responsible for sponsoring many projects with various universities. John currently leads a team of 10 modellers.  The team was recognised by Lanner in 2013 with a project of the year and just recently John was awarded the post of Honorary Professor at UEL <>.


MICHAEL HIGGINS graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics in 2011 and in 2014 gained an MPhil(Eng) through his research into the application of Discrete Event Simulation within the automotive industry.  He has worked with Ford Motor Company since 2012 where his current role is within Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering (PTME) as a Simulation Engineer. He has utilised simulation as a tool across several functions within PTME and is currently researching and developing methods to increase usability, and widen the application of, the Ford Simulation Toolset. His email address is <>

Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016
Cara Quinton

Behavioral Operational Research: Theory, Methodology and Practice

Editors: Kunc, Martin, Malpass, Jonathan, White, Leroy (Eds.)

Thursday, 2 Jun 2016
Martin Kunc

The call for papers for a special issue on System Dynamics has been posted in JoS.

Please, share the information with your contacts.

Here is the link to the word document 

and to the journal website


Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Martin Kunc

JOHN CROCKER wrote his perceptions about the recent SW16 conference in OR Inside. He said: 

"Not a postal area of London, but the biennial Simulation Workshop which this year ran from 11 to 13 April and was held at the new venue, Ettington Chase Hotel, a few miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon. I have to admit that I rather like the new venue but it will be interesting to see what the feedback is from the other delegates. This year’s event was spread over three days with the first day’s series of tutorials starting after lunch, making it a lot easier for many of us to get there on time."

Other activities to highlight were:

  1. A good set of SD papers and a tutorial to complement the usual DES papers
  2. We had the Annual General Meeting of the SIG with the attendance of few but highly involved academics in the area of Simulation. Some of the issues discussed were:
    1. The arrangement to have a one-day PhD Colloqium on Simulation methods during 2016. We are looking for volunteers.
    2. The development of a one-day event on Distributed Simulation organised by Simon Taylor by the end of 2016.
    3. New chairs to be named before the end of 2016 to replace Tom Monks (DES) and Martin Kunc (SD)

Please, participate in the SIG by delivering any activity that helps to discuss advances in the area, connect practitioners with academics, support PhD students or just have a bit of social networking.

The SIG has a budget to support activities.

Thank you,

Martin Kunc


Dear All,

The System Dynamics community has held the UK Chapter annual conference. The event was in London at the Warwick Business School campus. More than 40 participants attended the event and there was an interesting blend between practitioners', academics' and students' presentations. Some presentations and videos can be obtained from the website of the UK Chapter of the SD Society.

From May 9-11, the first NATCOR course for PhD students on System Dynamics was held at the Warwick Business School campus in Warwick. Eigthteen students from different universities in the UK and Europe attended the course. It was very good to see so many enthusiastic students sharing their research topics. John Morecroft, Brian Dangerfield and Martin Kunc were the lecturers. We hope to see more students in the next course.

I am looking for volunteers interested in organising events that connect System Dynamics with the wider Simulation community. Feel free to send me an email if you have an idea. The SIG has funding to support the initiative.

Martin Kunc


Thursday, 25 Feb 2016
Dr Sion Cave

System dynamics for developing strategy in the real world – 2016 UK SD Conference

The UK System Dynamics conference this year is taking place on April 14th and 15th at the Shard in London. The conference includes presentations from eminent practitioners and interactive workshops. Tickets for the event can be booked from here, with tickets available for both days and for single days. The price to attend the whole conference is currently £110, with a special student price of £55. In addition we are also still accepting student presentations or posters and submissions for the student prize paper worth £250.

The theme for the conference this year is “System dynamics for developing strategy in the real world” and presentations include:

The Powertrain Technology Transition Market Agent Model (PTT-MAM) and application to EU transport policy

Gillian Harrison and Christian Theil (JRC)


Are all swans white?: Improving the Adaptive Response of British Telecom through the transformative fusion of cybernetics, systems dynamics and social capital

Steve Brewis CEng (Chief Research Scientist, British Telecom)


OSCAM: 20 years of making better operating and support cost estimates of fleets of ships and aircraft for the US Department of Defense

Stephen Curram (Decision Analysis Services Ltd)

Brittany Basilone (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division)


Modelling the economy as if real data matters

Simon Roberts (Arup)

Colin Axon (Brunel University)


From problem-solving to problem-prevention with model-based management

Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics)


Behavioural Operational Research: The contributions of System Dynamics

Martin Kunc (Warwick Business School)


Group model building

David Carter (Plymouth University)

Jennifer Morgan (Cardiff University)


Further information on the conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes




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