Summer School on Model-Based Decision Analysis 2019


UNSW Canberra

9.00am to 4.00pm

The Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra will host the Summer School on Model-Based Decision Analysis the week before MODSIM 2019.

The Summer School will include intensive learning sessions including one-on-one time:

  • System thinking concepts and key problem solving techniques
  • Systems dynamics modeling techniques
  • Hands-on model development training
  • Advanced topics such as exploratory analysis and simulation-optimization approaches


Expression of Interest

Please email expressions of interest regarding the Summer School on Model-Based Decision Analysis 2019 to be held from 25 to 29 November 2019 to the Capability Systems Centre at by 11 February 2019.

Please ensure you provide the following information when emailing your expression of interest:

  • First Name:
  • Surname:
  • Gender:
  • Accommodation: Single room / Shared room (NB: Single room will be at higher rate)
  • Home Location:
  • Organisation:
  • Attendee Profile:

    • PhD Student
    • Master Student
    • Undergraduate Student
    • Government
    • Industry

Thank you for taking the time to submit your expression of interest (EOI), you have been placed on our mailing list and will be notified once registrations open in early 2019. The Summer School registration fee is AUD$1,200. If you have any further enquiries/comments please don’t hesitate to contact us direct on the above email address.

Kindest regards

Capability Systems Centre

UNSW Canberra

Phone: 02 6268 8960 or 02 6268 9566

Download the Summer School Flyer


Summer School Draft Timetable

The Timetable is only indicative, and will be updated closer to the event.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30 - 09:00 Introduction to the ‘Big week ahead” Learning circles Learning circles Learning circles Learning circles
09:00 - 10:30 Fundamentals of models (get your terminology right!) Fundamentals of Conceptual models (what? Why? By whom? For whom)  

Fundamentals of Model analysis (and the statistics word) 

Fundamentals of combining simulation with optimization focusing on stochastic combinatorial (discrete optimization) problems 

10:30 - 11:00 Morning Break + “Lets know each other” exercise
11:00 - 12:30 Introduction to the modeling process Conceptual models (let’s start drawing) Turn on your laptop (Anylogic tutorial)

Examples/Exercises from Inventory and Queuing systems

Turn on your laptop (Python tutorial on model analysis)

Introduction to DEAP package of Python

-Examples from inventory systems, spare part logistics and workforce planning

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 “Model validation”: the one question you will almost get in every presentation

Model formulation (Crossing the qualitative-quantitative bridge)

Formal Modeling with Stocks and Flows

Common Pitfalls and Good Practices

Model use for options comparison, ranking and selection (Now tell me what is the answer)

Turn your laptop on (Python tutorial on option analysis)

Hands on implementation practice of simulation-optimisation techniques on different case studies
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Break
15:30 - 17:00 Problem scoping (Show me something before I fund you)

Examples/Exercises from resource Management

Turn on your laptop (Anylogic tutorial)

Summer School Guest speaker (TBA) Summer School Guest speaker (TBA) Hands on implementation practice of simulation-optimisation techniques on different case studies
17:00 - 18:00 Writing your scoping report Writing your model design report Writing your technical model documentation Writing your final report Writing a journal paper