The 5th IEEE Systems Modelling Conference

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Reset, Ready, Go: Co-design the future through modelling

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The world has changed and we need to adapt to these changes

to be future-ready. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic,

severe extreme climate conditions, economic and political

disruptions and financial recession illustrated the risks of living

in an optimised world. Adaptive and holistic problem solving

approaches are most needed to tackle the complexities and

uncertainty of the problems we face.

SMC 2021 conference provides an opportunity to exchange

scientific and practical knowledge in three focus areas related

to systems modelling:

  • Reset: learning about the use of models to reset our mental modes, assumptions, and conventional ways of thinking
  • Ready: learning how to develop models that empower us to be ready to, navigate future uncertainties, surprises and discontinuities, and
  • Go: learning how to build models to inform implementation, innovation, and collaborative action.

The Capability Systems Centre will host two-day conference titled

“Co-design the future through modelling”. After the successful

completion of a series of conferences since 2017 (see last

years’ program), this fifth year' conference will extend into two

days. A virtual day-long conference will convene on 14 September 2021

(see the in-progress website) and a half-day series of workshop

and tutorials on 15 September 2021.

A holistic understanding of the challenges of complex and strategic

decision making is needed to avoid sub-optimisation and bounded

decision making. To deal with these challenges, we need to liberate

ourselves from conventional ways of thinking focused around narrowly

defined problems and fixed modelling approaches. We need to

reflect on the state of art in modelling and use the current knowledge

to co-design the future of modelling. The conference will

showcase the use of systems thinking and modelling

in a wide range of areas such as energy, water, biodiversity,

transportation, health, and defence. The objective of this year’s

conference theme “Co-design the future through modelling” is

to facilitate a critical discussion and reflection on the state-of-play

of using models for future co-design.

SMC 2021 provides a platform for researchers and practitioners

to communicate about scientific and practical aspects of real-world

problems, receive feedback, and share lessons learned.

It also provides a unique networking opportunity among people

from academia, industry and government for initiating future


We are excited to share an open access virtual conference to

offer an opportunity for participants wherever and whenever

they are able to join us, present their research, and share stimulating

discussions around the future.

We look forward to welcoming you to the virtual SMC 2021 in

Conference on September 14, 2021 and in workshop and tutorials

on September 15, 2021.

N.B. IEEE SMC 2021 collaborated with the Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR). All accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore and conference attendees will receive a free 12 month membership in ASOR .



The conference accepts submissions in two methods: full papers

and extended abstracts. All the accepted papers and abstract

will have presentation time in the conference.

Please submit your papers or extended abstract through Electronic Submission System


Key Dates for Full Papers

1st June 21 - Submission systems opens

30 Jul 21 - Submission deadline of full papers

10 Aug 21 - Review notifications of full papers

25 Aug 21 - Final submission of revised full papers

14 Sep 21 - Conference date


Key Dates for Extended Abstracts

1st June 21 - Submission systems opens

15 Aug 21 - Submission deadline of extended abstract

30 Aug 21 - Review notifications of extended abstract

14 Sep 21 - Conference date


Keynote Speakers

Professor Warren E. Walker

Dr. Warren Walker is an emeritus Professor of Policy Analysis in both the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and the Aerospace Faculty at the Delft University of Technology. He has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University, and more than 40 years of experience as an analyst and project leader at the RAND Corporation, applying quantitative analysis and system modelling to public policy problems at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

He has been a special advisor to the Director for Freight Policy in the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, and an advisor to the staff of the Delta Programme Commissioner of the Netherlands. He is the recipient of the 1997 President’s Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for his "contributions to the welfare of society through quantitative analysis of governmental policy problems."

Professor Debi Ashenden

Dr. Debi holds the DST Group-University of Adelaide Chair in Cybersecurity. In addition, she is Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Portsmouth and a visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. Debi’s research interests are in the social and behavioural aspects of cybersecurity – particularly in finding ways of ‘patching with people’ as well as technology. She is currently researching the socio-technical aspects of cyber deception and secure software development, as well as exploring the implications of algorithmic decision-making.

Debi was previously Head of the Centre for Cyber Security at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK and was a member of the UK MOD’s Defence Science Expert Committee. She has worked extensively across the public and private sector for organisations such as UK MOD, GCHQ, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Euroclear, Prudential, Barclaycard, Reuters and Close Bros. She has had a number of articles on cyber security published, presented at a range of conferences and co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann, Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets.

Professor Hasan Qudrat-Ullah

Dr. Hassan Qudrat-Ullah is a Professor (Full) of Decision Science at York University. He earned his Ph. D. (Decision Sciences) in 2002 from NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. Hassan is interested in understanding and improving human decision making in complex, dynamic tasks in energy, operations and supply chain management, healthcare, and sustainable development domains. Appreciates and advocates systems thinking skills for the better management of our limited resources. Takes pride in working with learners and aspirant individuals for the betterment of their lives, societies, and the planet.

Specialties: systems thinking and system dynamics; logistics and supply chain management; energy policy; climate change, health care management; simulation-based teaching and learning environments

Workshop/Tutorials Details

For workshop and tutorials attendees need to register separately.

Workshop/Tutorial link

Workshop : Capability Modelling Demonstration and User Group (2 part session)

- This is an in-person activity hosted at UNSW Canberra - Australian

Defence Force Academy.

N.B. This workshop is not open to the public but focused around Defence Users and/or prospective Defence Users. Part 1 (60 min duration) will be followed by a 15min morning tea and ‘networking’ before commencing Part 2 (45 min duration). Opening remarks by Director UNSW Defence Research Institute, Vice Admiral (Ret’d) and Professor Paul Maddison. If you are interested in the workshop, please send us an email.

Tutorial 1: Product Evolution: How a new type of products emerges to the market

Tutorial 2: Success through synergy: Fundamentals of meta-modelling for simulation optimization framework

Tutorial 3: The Supply Chain and System Thinking

Tutorial 4: Participatory Modelling to address complex problems


Organising Committee

Associate Professor Sondoss Elsawah (UNSW Canberra)

Dr. Fateme Zare (UNSW Canberra)

Dr. Sumana Biswas (UNSW Canberra)

Dr. Amany Mohamed Mamdouh AKL (UNSW Canberra)


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