Young Researcher Won the Dana Meadows Award

Tianyi Li, Assistant Professor of the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School, has recently received the Dana Meadows Award from the System Dynamics Society. Prof. Li is the first Chinese as the sole recipient of the Award since its establishment in 2001.

The Dana Meadows Award of the System Dynamics Society is given annually for the best paper by an early-career researcher presented at the annual International System Dynamics Conference. Established in 2001, the prize celebrates and recognises high-quality research in the field of System Dynamics.

Entitled “Improving Parameter Estimation of Epidemic Models: Likelihood Functions and Kalman Filtering”, Prof. Li’s award-winning paper compared the performance of different estimation methods in projecting the course of emerging infectious diseases and assessing the likely impact of policies to contain them. The judging panel picked Prof. Li’s paper “for great approachability and immediate utility to practitioners.”

Prof. Li said, “I was thrilled to win this award. Although it is a small international award with only two decades of history, it is a truly honourable moment that will encourage me to strive for more academic progress. I sincerely thank my academic committee at MIT, especially advisors Prof. Hazhir Rahmandad and Prof. John Sterman, who gave me many invaluable instructions during my PhD studies. And with this award, I am honoured to be able to join my colleagues, the list of international awardees at the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics. I believe the fantastic atmosphere at CUHK will definitely help us young researchers achieve great academic success.”

The System Dynamics Society is an international, nonprofit organisation devoted to encouraging the development and use of systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling around the world. The Society provides a forum in which researchers, educators, students, consultants and practitioners in the academic, corporate and public sectors can interact to keep abreast of current developments, build on each other’s work and introduce newcomers to the field.