Our researcher Siniša Sovilj presented a research paper titled System Dynamics Modelling with Kotlin: From Hierarchical Models to Interactive Simulators at the 38th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society which was organized from July 20th to July 22nd 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the conference was organised online.
This year's conference theme was “Hindsight in 2020: learning from the past to inspire the future.” “Hindsight is 20/20” implies it is easy in retrospect to “see” why events unfolded as they did, but it is much harder to accurately anticipate the outcome in advance. In the scientific practice of System Dynamics, concern about such “hindsight bias” compels us to formalize behavioral expectations a priori, before testing dynamic hypotheses of feedback mechanisms, so that the value of a model for producing new insights can be established relative to these expectations. The program included topics relating to the theory and practical application of system dynamics modeling in 15 different thread areas.