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|Name||EWG MODEST, Modelling of economies and societies in transition|
|Announcement||The next MODEST Workshop shall take place in the framework of EURO-k conference in Poznan in 2016 - feel invited and watch for upcoming announcements and mailings.|
|Newsletter||MODEST Newsletter is being issued once or twice a year. Until now seventeen issues were produced, the last one in late Fall of 2014.|
Polish Academy of Sci.
Systems Research Inst
|Coordinator||Jan Wojciech Owsinski|
Polish Acad. of Sciences
Systems Research Institute
PL-01 447 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 3810 213
Fax: +48 22 3810 105
|Purpose and history||The MODEST working group convenes specialists in mathematical and computer modelling, who are especially interested in modelling and analysis of the economic and social transformation processes taking place in the modern world, with explicit emphasis on the processes taking place in the Central and Eastern parts of Europe. It is the purpose of the Working Group to be a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences in this domain, and also to identify those areas where the most acute gaps exist and where modelling is feasible, and to formulate as well as promote research projects for such areas. The modelling that MODEST is most interested in is the pragmatic one (whether macro- or micro-economic, simple regression or complex dynamic, analytic or simulation, but oriented at definite currently debated and crucial questions, as well as based upon real data or real-life guesses). Yet, theoretical models (for example, economico-political ones, based on game theory) are by no means excluded from the MODEST's perspective. |
The Working Group was established in the Spring of 1994 as an informal body. By Summer 1994, it reached the critical mass in terms of international and interdisciplinary character of the core membership.
In Fall 1994, MODEST was granted affiliation with the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Automatic Control dealing with "Dynamic Modelling of National and Regional Economies", headed by Professor Berc Rustem from London and, following this, it was proposed that Professor Zbigniew Nahorski would serve as the Vice-Chair of this Technical Committee.
In January 1995, MODEST was granted, to our great satisfaction, the Working Group status with EURO. These two affiliations allow the Group to maintain the connection with two international communities, which are essential for the methodology and implementation of modelling approaches and projects.
MODEST is, locally, institutionally assisted by the Polish Operational and System Research Society, The Interfaces Institute Co. in Warsaw, and by the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
|Members||At around 1205 as of Fall 2014.|
|Past activities||ACTIVITIES 2014: |
The consecutive MODEST Workshop was held in Warsaw on September 24-26, 2014, affiliated with the bi-annual BOS (Operations and Systems Research) Conference, and collocated with the IEEE Intelligent Systems, the international workshop on greenhouse emission accounting, as well as Soft Methods in Probability and Statistics conferences. Within the framework of the Workshop a session was held of the BOS conference, while several papers were presented during other sessions of the same conference. The participants came from Spain, Algeria, Sweden, United Kingdom and Poland. The announced ppotential participants from Russia and Ukraine have not succeeded in coming. Like in the case of the previous MODEST Workshop, the papers have beedn directed to several journals, depending upon their content and profile, and the refereeing process is now underway for most of them.
|Future activities||Except for the continuation of the publishing procedure, a preparatory meeting for the next MODEST Workshop shall take place in September 2015 in Warsaw, with a limited number of participants. The meeting shall be devoted to steps to be taken in relation to EURO-k in Poznan in 2016, during which the MODEST Workshop is planned|
|Publications||Apart from the current publication of papers, seconded to several journals, we would like to remind of an important publication from one of the past MODEST Workshops, which remains a milestone in the activity of the EWG: |
Zbigniew Nahorski, Jan W. Owsinski, Tomasz Szapiro, eds., "The Socio-Economic Transformation: Getting Closer to What?". Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007, ISBN 13: 978-0-230-00794-9.