The lecture handouts for the course Systems Theory are now available.
Lecture handouts for CT331 are now available for download. These will be available until all the class are registered on Blackboard.
NUI Galway have just announced fully-funded four-year PhD scholarships, along with a list of potential supervisors, which offer excellent opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a postgraduate degree by research focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise.
If you are interested in simulation modelling of complex systems (agent-based, system dynamics or complexity science), and are seeking a potential supervisor in these related areas, please contact me by email.
As part of your application, you will have to provide a personal statement, which includes addressing a number of questions, for example:
For further information, follow this link.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has just launched the call for proposals under the new Investigators Programme 2012.
The objective of the Investigators programme addresses areas of science, engineering and mathematics that demonstrably support and underpin enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland.
For 2012, the programme comprises two streams: Investigator Projects and Investigator Awards.
For further information, follow this link.
CodeNinja is an app development competition for students in Galway.
It’s designed to train and encourage students to be creative in the cultivation of their own tech ideas.
It is open to both individuals and groups that want to build web and mobile applications.
Click on Code Ninja to find out more…
Interesting article from Debora MacKenzie (New Scientist) on how the ideas of complexity can be used to explain the current Euro Crisis.
To quote from the article:
“All complex networks are governed by a balance between negative feedback, such as interest rates, which is stabilising, and positive feedback, such as the self-reinforcing erosion of trust in markets, which is destabilising, says physicist Len Fisher at the University of Bristol.”
For the ful article, check out the following link.
Three new pages have been added to the site, and these will contain lecture handouts:
Addition examples are usually worked through at the lecture, so these slides in themselves are not sufficient in order to successfully cover the material.
I received this via the INFORMS Healthcare Special Interest Group:
Call for Papers
Special Issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
Health Care Modeling
Gregory Zaric, Ivey School of Business, Canada
Arielle Lasry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Socio-Economic Planning Sciences is an international journal devoted to research on the application of quantitative models and techniques to important decision problems in the service and public sectors. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences will publish a special issue on health care modeling.
The goal of this special issue is to compile state-of-the-art research on health care, spanning modeling, theory, empirical studies, applications, and case studies. This special issue of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences encourages innovative contributions from various disciplines, including economics, engineering, operations research, and public policy on ways to improve health care services and health outcomes. This issue will consider a variety of health care modeling topics including but not limited to:
· Strategies for improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery, improving access, and reducing health disparities
· Large scale healthcare operations challenges such as facility location, capacity expansion and skilled human resources planning
· Disease modeling in support of health policy, health technology assessments and technology adoption decisions
· Drug pricing and contracts between drug and vaccine purchasers and manufacturers
· Provision of health services in resource constrained countries, including prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases
· Financing of public sector health insurance programs
In light of the scope of SEPS, all papers must clearly demonstrate the public sector relevance of their contributions.
All manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) http://ees.elsevier.com/seps <http://ees.elsevier.com/seps> . You must select Health Care Modeling as the Article Type to make sure that your paper will be considered for the special issue. The submission deadline is January 1, 2012. The EES will open to submission in September 2011, and the co-editors will start processing the submissions at the beginning of January 2012. The plan is to publish the special issue in early 2013. Researchers from all relevant disciplines are invited to consider this special issue as an outlet to publish their quality work on this topic of increasing significance. Inquiries on the special issue can be directed to the guest editors, Greg Zaric (email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ) or Arielle Lasry (email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ).
Exciting programming opportunity in C# .NET and social media APIs.
For more information, contact email@example.com on or before Monday July 4th, 2011.
Some welcome news for under-pressure departments at third level, and staff at the front line of teaching and research.
The HEA has just published a revised employment control framework for higher education in Ireland. Tom Boland, Chief Executive of the HEA writes:
“Since the restrictions in staffing levels were introduced to the higher education system in 2009, the number of staff across the sector has decreased by 1,361 (7%) resulting in ongoing annual savings of approximately €80m. At the same time, staff salaries have been reduced and student numbers have increased by 15%.”
The main changes include categorisation of staff, transitional arrangements for research projects and promotions.
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