Report of the
The Latinamerican Chapter of the System Dynamics Society - 2006

 

The Chapter was founded en 2002, thanks to an initiative undertaken by Patricio del Valle (Buenos Aires, Argentina) chairman of Cacit Group.  Due to the Argentina crisis, Isaac Dyner (U. Nacional de Colombia) acted as Chapter President. 

 

Chapter activities
Conference

The first line of activities was to start a Latinamerican conference:

Year

Place

Web

2003

Monterrey (Mexico)

dinamica-sistemas.mty.itesm.mx/congreso/home.html

2004

Talca (Chile)

dinamicasistemas.utalca.cl/congreso.htm

2005

Cartagena (Colombia)

www.dinamicadesistemas.org

2006

Cancún (Mexico)

dinamica-sistemas.mty.itesm.mx

Newsletter
During the Talca conference, the members decided to launch a newsletter called sisTEMAS, available at
dinamicasistemas.utalca.cl/sisTEMAS/sisTemas.htm
Currently we are preparing issue Nº5.

Review
In 2005, appeared the “Revista de Dinámica de Sistemas” which publishes 2 numbers per year, a digital review; up to date two issues are on line at

dinamicasistemas.utalca.cl/Revista/RDS_home.htm

 

Members

The chapter has a growing number of members from Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Chile and particularly Spain, 23 of whom are formally members of the System Dynamics Society:


Name

 

Institution

Country

Julian

Carbonell

ITBA

Argentina

Edilberto

Casado

 

Peru

Ernst

Diehl

 

USA

Jorge

Galindo

Nortel PEC Solutions

USA

Luis

Hernandez Toribio

Alicante City Hall

Spain

Martin

Kunc

 

UK

Ignacio

Martínez-Moyano

Argonne National Laboratory

USA

Juan

Martín-García

 

Spain

Joaquín

Medín Molina

University of Puerto Rico at Bayahon

Puerto Rico

Ana Maria

Mora Luna

University of Bergen

Norway

Carlos Raul

Navarro Gonzalez

UABC

USA

Charles

Nicholson

Cornell University

USA

Rogelio

Oliva

Texas A&M University

USA

Galo

Paiva Cravero

Universidad de La Frontera

Chile

José

Pérez Ríos

Universidad de Valladolid

Spain

Roberto

Protil

Pontifícia Univ Católica do Paraná

Brazil

Donald

Robadue

Coastal Resources Center

USA

Rudolf

Rosas Flunger

Flunger & Company

Brazil

Guillermo

Rueda

Portland State University

USA

Martin

Schaffernicht

Universidad de Talca

Chile

Alejandro

Solà

CHEP

USA

M. Dolores

Soto-Torres

Universidad de Valladolid

Spain

German

Weigert

Compet SA

Argentina

Camilo Olaya Universidad Sankt Gallen Suiza
Isaac Dyner Universidad Nacional de Colombia Colombia
Jose Mari Sarriegi Universidad San Sebastián España
Javier Santos Universidad San Sebastián España
Adriana Ortiz Universidad San Sebastián España

 

Currently, the Chapter is represented in the Policy Council by Gloria Pérez from “Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey” (Mexico) and presided by Martin Schaffernicht from the “Universidad de Talca” (Chile). 

 

The future

In the short term, priorities are to strengthen the internal structure of the chapter so as to foster collaboration despite the geographical distance between members, and to develop the quality of work presented at the conference and in the review. 

In the medium term, there are several challenges to be addressed.  System Dynamics is not mainstream in the Spanish speaking world (Latin America and Spain), neither in education nor in business.  Much of the material available in English (software, simulations, books) will not penetrate this space unless they are made available in Spanish.  There are initiatives (“Evolución”, a Spanish SD modelling environment developed by the SIMON group in Colombia; the same groups is undertaking a large collaboration with schools; some firms are translating part of their material; a textbook is in preparation).   

Also, the Chapter’s mail list falls victim to the international list: many of the practicing dynamicists are able to work in English, when one needs to ask or discuss something, the international list connects you with many more members.

Something similar happens with the “Revista”: as a new medium, it does not have the publication value of the ISI “System Dynamics Review”, so dynamicists with good work done have a strong incentive to publish in the “Review” rather than in the “Revista”.

Designing strategies in order to advance in these domains is an important issue if we are to achieve the Chapter’s raison d’être.

 

 

Contact information

President of the chapter
Martin Schaffernicht
Universidad de Talca
Avenida Lircay s/n
Talca – Chile
martin@utalca.cl
http://dinamicasistemas.utalca.cl/clads/clads.htm

Past president of the chapter
Isaac Dyner
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
idyner@unalmed.edu.co

 

Policy council
Gloria Pérez
Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico
gloria.perez@itesm.mx

 

The official web-site is dinamica-sistemas.mty.itesm.mx.