EWG MODEST, Modelling of economies and societies in transition

NameEWG MODEST, Modelling of economies and societies in transition
AnnouncementThe next MODEST Workshop shall take place in the framework of BOS 2016 conference in Warsaw (October 13th-14th, 2016, Thursday-Friday), at Palais Staszic - feel invited and watch for upcoming announcements and mailings.
NewsletterMODEST Newsletter is being issued once or twice a year. Until now seventeen issues were produced, the last one in late Fall of 2015.
Coordinator Zbigniew Nahorski
Polish Academy of Sci.
Systems Research Inst
Phone: +48.22.8364103
Fax: +48.22.8372772
Coordinator Jan Wojciech Owsinski
Polish Acad. of Sciences
Systems Research Institute
Newelska 6
PL-01 447 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 3810 213
Fax: +48 22 3810 105
Purpose and historyThe 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 affiliated with the Polish Operational and System Research Society, and is organisationally assisted by The Interfaces Institute Co. in Warsaw, and by the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
MembersMember verification procedure is in course as of Fall 2015. The current mailing list contains 128 names, of whom by the middle of December 2015, 58 confirmed membership.
Past activitiesACTIVITIES 2015:

Publication process of the outcome from the MODEST 2014 Workshop was continued and finalised. Several papers were placed in a selection of journals, after positive reviews within the standard refereeing procedure.

In September 2015 an informal meeting of the core group was held in Warsaw, at the Systems Research Institute, aiming to set up plans for the next MODEST workshop.
Future activitiesThe next MODEST Workshop, MODEST 2016, shall take place within the framework of the BOS 2016 conference of the Polish Operational and Systems Research Society on October 13-14 (Thursday-Friday) in Warsaw, at the historical Palais Staszic.
It is planned that in addition to the recent scheme of directing higher quality papers to selected journals, a contribution to a volume with a known publisher shall be secured. The invitations are being sent to the members along with the continuation of the membership verification procedure.
PublicationsThe publications of the members of the group resulting from the MODEST workshops, have been recently placed in selected journals. It is, however, planned for the next workshop to collect at least a part of papers in a volume with a known publisher.
Last modification2015-12-10

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