The NZ Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) is a sub-group of the Transportation Group, dedicated to promote the interests of transport modelling within NZ. It is the intention that NZMUGS will represent all aspects of modelling including static/ deterministic, micro-simulation, wide-area/ strategic modelling, passenger transport modelling, as well as emerging areas as pedestrian and accessibility modelling.

The NZMUGS Conference provides a significant opportunity for researchers, engineers, modellers and other practitioners in the transportation modelling fraternity to discuss current developments with macroscopic, static/ deterministic, micro-simulation, wide-area/ strategic modelling, passenger transport modelling as well as emerging areas such as pedestrian and accessibility modelling.

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NZMUGS 2021: Conference

The 2021 NZMUGs Online Conference was held over six online sessions from Monday 13 September 2021 to Friday 1 October 2021.

This was the 14th annual conference to be held by NZMUGs. The theme of the 2021 years conference was:

Schrödinger’s Models – How do we determine if our forecasting models are successful without killing the cat?

  • if you can’t prove a model is wrong, does that make it right? Is it enough to always be both right and wrong?
  • Our models compare alternate futures, but we can only ever measure one of these so how do we know whether
  • our models help make optimised decisions for a changing world?
  • Is our modelling helping inform decisions for a world that we know needs to change, or do they simply provide
  • ‘evidence’ that supports the status quo?

 

The NZMUGS Committee: Who are we? 

Nathan Harper, Chairman

Bevan Wilmshurst, Vice Chairman

Kerstin Rupp, Treasurer

John Pell, Secretary

Neha Sharma, Conference

Dave Keenan, AITPM Representative

Andrew Murray

Bob Hu

Darren Fidler

Graeme Belliss

Ian Clark (Past Chair)

Jojo Valero

Mark Gregory

Phillip Brown

Subha Nair

Tony Brennand

Werner Pretorius

Zoe Chen