IMC Open Forum - Scientific Modelling at SFU


Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Room: IRMACS Presentation Studio, ASB 10900


Opening Remarks: Veselin Jungic, The IRMACS Centre
Moderator: Uwe Glasser, School of Computing Science

  • Dr. Vahid Dabbaghian, MoCCSy Program
  • Dr. Michael Eikerling, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Steve Thompson, Department of Statistics


The IMC Open Forum - Scientific Modelling at SFU is scheduled for December 2, 2011, between 11:30-1:00. The Open Forum is the closing event of the IRMACS 2011 Thematic Year: Scientific Modelling at SFU. Our goal is to wrap up our activities in 2011 with a forum in which SFU scientists from various fields that use modelling as a research tool will talk about similarities and differences in their approaches and techniques.

Each of the panelists will present short answers, 6-7 minutes in total, to 3 out of the following 5 questions.

In the quest of understanding common characteristics of scientific modelling methodologies used in a wide spectrum of applied research fields, as well as how to differentiate underlying concepts, methods and tools, we invite you to provide answers to some of the following questions:

  • How do you establish the validity of your model in a given application scope?
  • How do you separate macro-level behavior from micro-level behavior, avoiding insignificant details that do not affect the observable behaviour?
  • What is the meaning of the structure of your model compared with the structure of the system under study (if any)?
  • What are the three most important characteristics of your model, for instance, such as constructiveness, fidelity, parsimony and prospectiveness?
  • How do you delineate the system under study from the external world, making the system boundary explicit?

Presentations will be followed by the question and answer period and discussion.