Howard Raiffa Session

This special session is dedicated to Howard Raiffa’s work and vision for the future of systems analysis. Speakers will commemorate his pioneering contributions to the field by showing how these are influencing contemporary research and practice. Presentations Introduction & chair: Detlof von Winterfeldt, University of Southern California – PDF David E. Bell, Harvard Business School: […]

Public Lecture, jointly organized by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Jointly organized by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), this evening session will feature a public lecture by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA, followed by a reception. Introduction & chair: Pavel Kabat, IIASA Welcome by Anton Zeilinger, President, Austrian Academy of Sciences Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director, Institute […]

Closing Session: A New Generation of Systems Analysis

The closing session begins with poster awards with the three winners giving a five minute presentation on their poster. This will be followed by the Vice-Chairs of the conference’s Scientific Committee providing a synthesis of the conference and sharing their views on future directions for systems analysis. The session will close with a panel discussion followed by questions […]

Poster Session

On 11 November from 17:30 to 20:00, a dedicated poster session will enable conference participants to share a diversity of perspectives on innovative methodologies, applications, and future challenges of systems analysis. All posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference. The posters are grouped together according to the following themes: Requirements for Methodological […]

Opening Session

The opening session features welcomes from IIASA’s Director General and CEO, the Chair of IIASA’s Governing Council, representatives from each of the conference partners (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), USA; the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and the Santa Fe Institute, USA), and the Vice-Chairs of the conference’s […]

Devising Integrated Solutions (Part 1)

Systems-based models have been used to analyze and compare alternative policy options at various levels of governance. Governmental and international organizations have been customers of these analyses. This session addresses the science-for-policy topic from both perspectives and reflects on best practices for successfully structuring the communication between scientists, decision-makers, and the public. Presentations Introduction & […]

Addressing Diversity in Social Systems (Part 1)

Scientific insights into global transformations invariably require accounting for a plurality of stakeholder groups and interests. Contemporary applications of systems analysis are breaking new ground by explicitly accounting for such diversity, as well as for the associated complexity of human behavior. Participatory processes engaging stakeholders and policy makers in the whole cycle of designing and […]

New Methods for Understanding Complex Systems (Part 2)

As the challenges of systems analysis develop, so must its methods. The system analyst’s tool chest can be expanded in three ways: by taking advantage of as yet untapped advances in mathematics and computer science, by the gradual honing of tools applied and developed in a disciplinary context, and by trans-disciplinary innovation and cross-fertilization. This […]

The Art and Craft of Systems Analysis (Part 1)

Both art and craft are involved in all major steps of systems analysis – from posing a specific research question, to specifying the assumptions underlying a model, to transforming those assumptions into mathematical or computational form, and to representing and communicating the results. These features are making systems analysis an exciting and creative process. This […]