Nr. 8, Year 2009
EWG-DSS Newsletter by Pascale Zaraté, Fátima Dargam & Rita Ribeiro
(Coordination Board of the EURO Working Group on DSS since 2007)
Newsletter of the EURO Working
Group on Decision Support System Dear Euro Working Group members! Dear Friends!
In this issue The 2009 edition of our newsletter was published later than
usual. Time seems to fly these days! Nevertheless, this issue
includes a couple of interesting information concerning our
EWG-DSS Online......................... 2 Working Group (see the EWG-DSS Online, for instance), as well
as a new session of Interview, which was inaugurated with our
Recent Publications.................... 2 Madeira founding member and EURO President-elected: Grazia
Interview ...................................... 4
Speranza. Moreover, we also find in this issue a list of recent
publications and some research projects being developed by some
Research Review ........................ 5 of our group, apart from the usual sessions about the EWG-DSS
Meetings and Call for Papers. We are very grateful to all the
Call for Papers............................. 8 members, who have contributed to the contents of this issue.
DSS Stream EURO XXIV ............. 9 In 2009 our group completed 20 years of existence! This round
anniversary was commemorated with a warm get-together in July
EWG-DSS Meetings .................... 9
2009, in Bonn, by the occasion of the 23rd EURO Conference. It
Upcoming Events...................... 10 was great to meet some of our founding group members again, as
well as to have a chance to get to know the new ones who also
Group News............................... 10 took part at the EURO XXIII in Germany. More about this meeting
Contacting & Joining the EWG-DSS
can be found in the sub-session “EWG-DSS Meeting 2009” of
...................................................... 10 “EWG-DSS Meetings”.
EWG-DSS Members .................. 10
The year of 2009 was not only the year of our 20th anniversary,
but also a year of many efforts towards making the the EWG-DSS
Contributing to this Newsletter 10 members interact via various different initiatives. The study about a
“Collaboration Academic Social Network” for the group was one of
them, followed by the new online fronts now available for the EWG-
DSS in LinkedIn and in the EWG-DSS Wordpress Blog. This
Newsletter briefly describes about all these initiatives. We hope
Editorial Board you enjoy reading about them here and, most important, giving
The Newsletter of the EURO-WG them a go online as well! Interact within EWG-DSS! Participate!
on Decision Support Systems is
currently edited by: Yours Sincerely,
Fátima Dargam, Pascale Zaraté Pascale Zaraté Fátima Dargam Rita Ribeiro
& Rita Ribeiro
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serves as another platform for all
EWG-DSS Web-Links: the members of the group to better Recent Publication
interact as well as have a better
• EWG-DSS – EURO Homepage reach of our academic production From members of the EWG-
and network links. Currently the DSS:
Linked-In EWG-DSS Group has 53
members. This group is also open
to Linked-In members, who would o A Special Issue on
like to interact with the EWG-DSS “Technologies for
group without being a member. Collaborative Decision Making
“, in the International Journal of
• EWG-DSS – Slideshare Decision Support Systems
(http://www.euro-online.org/) Technology IJDSST, including
Working Groups EURO selected papers of the
Working Groups EWG Decision Decision Analysis & DSS
support systems Stream of the EURO XXIII
Conference in Bonn, Germany,
In the EWG-DSS page of the The EWG-DSS Slideshare account July 2009. Guest Editors:
EURO-Homepage you find the <http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss> is F.C.C. Dargam; P. Zaraté (to
updated information about the open to any visitor and allows one appear).
group activities in terms of past to view the documents (pdf files,
and future meetings, our means of power-point files, etc…) that are o Towards a Collaboration
communications and on-line placed there available by the Network for the EURO
networks, as well as some EWG-DSS Coordination Board. Working Group on DSS (EWG-
selected publications of the group. Since 2008, the Newsletters are DSS). F. Dargam; R. Ribeiro;
placed in this Slideshare account. P. Zaraté. Jan.2010. Invited
• EWG-DSS – IRIT Server It is our intention to publish also Review of the EJOR European
presentations of the group. If you Journal of Operation Research
would like to share one of your (to appear).
power-point presentations (within
our research area) with others, you o A Special Issue in the Journal
can also send them to us so, that of Decision Support Systems
A server hosted by IRIT, which they can be placed available for Technologies, edited by A.
contains all the EWG-DSS viewing (with credits to you) under Respicio and P. Zaraté, on
Newsletters’ pdf files; Call for this environment. Technologies for Collaborative
Papers relevant for the group as Decision Making; IGI Global,
well as project descriptions of • EWG-DSS – Blog Hershey - USA, Vol. 1 N. 4,
group members (in “Shared October 2009.
Documents”). This web-site is
devoted to the members of the o A Special issue in EJOR on
EWG-DSS. It is possible that every Formal Tools and
member sends a message to the Since May 2009, our EURO
Methodologies for DSS, edited
group mailing-list, ewg- Working Group on Decision
by P. Zaraté; Elsevier, Vol. 195
Support Systems EWG-DSS has a
email@example.com, either using the facility N. 3, June 2009. A selection of
“Post” of the IRIT Server or by papers presented during the
This blog opens another platform
directly using the e-mail address of CIDMDS Conference 2006 are
for all of us, members of the group,
the list in his/her e-mail published: 4 papers are edited
to better interact. The posts in this
environment. Also via the option on 17 submitted.
blog are supposed to range from
“Review Members”, one is able to
reports of group meetings and their
check the individual e-mail o Collaborative Decision Making:
papers presented, as well as call
addresses of each member. All the Perspectives and Challenges;
for papers and conferences,
EWG-DSS members are allowed (Eds) P. Zaraté, J.P. Belaud,
interviews with group members
to have access to this server. G. Camilleri, F. Ravat; July
and other informal information of
2008; N°ISSN: 0922-6389;
• EWG-DSS – LinkedIn Group the members. The blog is
IOSPress Publisher; available
maintained by the Coordination
Board of the group. You should
take as much advantage as
o Integration of decision support
possible of this fantastic interactive
systems to improve decision
means, commenting the posts,
support performance (Survey -
suggesting new ones and sending
The EWG-DSS Group in LinkedIn, Review Paper). Shaofeng Liu,
to the us your own posts to be
was created in May 2009 aiming to Alex H. B. Duffy, Robert Ian
encourage the cooperation of all Whitfield, Iain M. Boyle.
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Sousa. A method for automatic o T. C. Pais, R.A. Ribeiro,Y. giving us the opportunity of
fuzzy set generation using Devouassoux, S. Reynaud producing this interview for our
sensor data. Autosoft- Dynamic ranking algorithm for Newsletter. We hope you enjoy
Intelligent Automation and Soft landing site selection. In: reading it!
Computing International Proceedings of the Int.
Journal Vol 14, No 3 (2008), Conference on Information EWG-DSS: Tell us about your
279-292. Processing and Management research / working experiences
of Uncertainty (IPMU´08), with EURO
o C. Coelho, P. Serra, R. A. Malaga, June 2008.
Ribeiro, R. A. Marques- GS: Since the beginning of 2008 I
Pereira, A. Dietz, A. Donati. have actively worked inside EURO,
Fuzzy alarm system for laser Thanks to all members who
as Vice-President of IFORS (the
gyroscopes degradation. contributed to this session. ♦
International Federation of
Autosoft- Intelligent Operational Research Societies)
Automation and Soft representing EURO. EURO is one
Computing International Interview of the regional groupings of
Journal, Vol 14, No 3 (2008) IFORS. The position of Vice-
pp. 351-365. President of IFORS has offered me
the opportunity to get to know
o T. Simas, G. Silva, B. Miranda, IFORS and its organization and,
A. Moitinho, and R. Ribeiro. through IFORS, the other regional
Knowledge Discovery in Large groupings. In the last couple of
Data Sets. In: Classification years I have also regularly met the
and Discovery in Large Executive Committee of EURO
Astronomical Surveys, C.A.L. and got in touch with the several
Bailer-Jones (ed.), AIP issues and challenges EURO is
Conference Proceedings vol. meeting nowadays.
1082, AIP (Melville, New
York), 2008:196-201. EWG-DSS: What do you think you
ISBN978-0-7354-0613-1. could contribute during your
mandate as President?
o M. M. Gomes, B. R. Santos, T.
Simas, P. Sousa, R. A.
GS: EURO is a grouping of 30
Ribeiro. Reducing the number
national societies. Many of the
of membership functions in
national societies have a long and
linguistic variables: Application Grazia Speranza
consolidated history, numerous
to a fuzzy monitoring system.
“My view of EURO is that individual and institutional
8Th Internatinal Conference on
EURO is at the service of OR members, high quality journals.
Application of Fuzzy Systems
researchers in Europe.” EURO is a strong grouping
and Soft Computing (ICAFS-
because the member societies are
08), Helsinki, Finland, Sept.,
On behalf of the EWG-DSS, strong. The role of EURO with
Fátima Dargam had the pleasure respect to the national societies
o T. C. Pais, R.A. Ribeiro,Y. to interview our colleague: Grazia can be seen as similar to the role
Devouassoux, S. Reynaud. Speranza, also a founding of Europe with respect to the
Regions rating for selecting member of the EWG-DSS since European countries. EURO can
spacecraft landing sites. In: 1989 in Madeira. Grazia Speranza add value to the national societies
Proceedings of The 8th is Professor of Operations and contribute to make the
International FLINS Research of the University of European OR researchers more
Conference on Computational Brescia since 1990, where she has visible and more successful in a
Intelligence in Decision and also actively promoted research globalized scientific world.
Control, Madrid, Spain, via assuming different positions.
September, 2008 : 1039-1044. From 1998 to 2000, she was Over the years EURO has created
President of the Research Council, a number of tools to promote
o Y. Devouassoux, S. Reynaud, and from 2000 to 2002 she was Operations Research in Europe,
G. Jonniaux, R. A. Ribeiro, T. Vice-President of that University has a successful journal, the
C. Pais. Hazard avoidance and from 2002 to 2008 Grazia European Journal of Operational
developments for planetary Speranza also worked as the Dean Research (EJOR), successful
exploration. In: Proceedings of of the Faculty of Economics and conferences, awards, meetings,
the 7th International ESA Business of the University of working groups, workshops,
Conference on Guidance, Brescia. In 2009, EURO has summer and winter institutes,….
Navigation & Control Systems, elected Grazia Speranza to be its The role of EURO has become
Tralee, Ireland, June 2008. President for the next mandate. more and more important. At the
We congratulate Grazia for this EURO conference that was held in
achievement and thank her for Prague in 2007 the number of
participants exceeded for the first EWG-DSS: How important is the the EJOR to submit to it an “Invited
time the threshold of 2000. The duty of EURO President for you? Review” concerning the area of
EURO conference in Prague was Decision Support Systems. Since
considered an extraordinarily GS: I will take this duty extremely then, the members of the board (F.
successful conference. Within the seriously. I am currently on Dargam, R. Ribeiro and P. Zaraté)
EURO Executive Committee sabbatical, after two terms as dean have been working on a social
nobody believed the next EURO of the Faculty of Economics and networks approach, aiming at
conference, held in Bonn in 2009 Business at the University of representing and analyzing the
could be more successful. And Brescia. I feel I am ready to use academic interactions of the
instead it was, with approximately my experience to contribute to the members of the EWG-DSS group,
2300 participants! This is a clear success of EURO and, through with respect to our activities on the
sign of an increasing interest EURO, of OR research in Europe. area of Decision Making.
towards conferences of European
size and scope. I believe that one EWG-DSS: How do you see the
of the challenges EURO has to situation of the Euro Working
face is, while keeping the present Groups within EURO? Could it
level of effectiveness and quality of possibly be better promoted?
the national societies, to increase
at the same time the European GS: I have attended in 1989 the
level of aggregation. EURO Summer Institute on
Decision Support Systems in
The previous Presidents of EURO I Madeira (Portugal), an exciting
had the opportunity to work with, opportunity to learn and interact
Martine Labbé and Valerie Belton, with young researchers. The
have done excellent work for EURO working group on DSS was
EURO and I intend to continue created in Madeira and has
their work along the same lines. I remained active over the years To carry on this study, the authors
intend to cooperate with the with initiatives, workshops, this counted with research information
national societies to understand newsletter. I learned from that input (mainly recent publications),
what EURO can offer to them and experience the relevance of a provided by 70 group members.
how we can make EURO more European dimension of the groups Their participation was of vital
useful to their members. One of my of interest. I believe the working importance for the success of this
goals is to interact with the groups are extremely important project, which already in its 1st.
Presidents of the national societies and EURO should promote them at version (link) allows us to obtain
and to work with them to identify best. I am open to suggestions on useful feedback for further
the best balance between the possible ways to better promote academic collaboration in joint-
fundamental role of the national the working groups. The research projects and publications.
societies and the role of EURO. coordinators may play a key role in
One of the main challenges of the process and I intend to interact
EURO I see is the ‘editorial with them and carefully listen to
challenge’. Most European their suggestions. We may use the
governments already identified or EURO web site, the EURO mailing
intend to identify objective lists and the EURO conferences
measures to evaluate the quality of more effectively to promote the
scientific publications. It is not easy working groups. We may also
to measure ‘quality’ and there create new awards for best papers
would be a number of interesting or careers in specific areas.
issue to be discussed here.
However, as a matter of fact, My view of EURO is that EURO is
European universities tend to at the service of OR researchers in This work was presented several
evaluate the quality of papers of Europe. ♦ times during its 1st version
their faculties through the quality of development phase, for instance at
the journals where the papers are the International Symposium on
published. I think we need to the Management of Industrial and
understand whether the best Research Review Corporate Knowledge (ISMICK) in
papers by European OR Description from Research Projects Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Nov.
researchers are published at from EWG-DSS Members 2008; at the the Decision Analysis
present in the best journals, if the & DSS Stream of the EURO XXIII
present editorial situation is An Academic Social Network Conference in Bonn, Germany, in
satisfactory to the European OR for the EWG-DSS (1st.Version) July 2009; and as an invited talk at
researchers and, in case, to F.Dargam, P.Zaraté & R.Ribeiro the Statistics and Operations
understand what the role of EURO Research Department of the
can be in improving the situation. As already reported in the previous University of Graz in Austria, in
EWG-DSS Newsletter, the Nov.2009. The presentation used
Coordination Board was invited by
in this last talk can be found in the What is TESS about? is to list and analyse government
EWG-DSS Blog (link) and also in information requirements at
For 50 years, subsidies at
the EWG-DSS Slideshare account national and intermediate levels
continental and state level have
(link). and to identify the local information
successfully driven cultivation of a
needs. It will then create a data-
The full paper (link) about this work few species in Europe. Intensive
base of models suitable for bio-
submitted to EJOR as an Invited monocultures, replacing the former
socio-economic predictions and
Review can be found in the diverse local land-use, continue to
see where there are gaps in the
EWG-DSS Slideshare account degrade ecosystem services that
supply of models and data,
http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss. sustained Europeans for centuries.
compared with the demand for
Species have disappeared locally
A comprehensive research report information.
through habitat loss, fragmentation
about this project, including all the
and chemical inputs, so that Case studies of local communities
publications considered, as well as
biodiversity has declined at an will test how best to meet local
all the authors’ network graphics
unprecedented rate. Animals and decision support needs in
showing their interaction with the
plants that once fascinated or fed exchange for local monitoring that
others, is planned to be placed
people have vanished from many meets central policy requirements.
available soon at the IRIT Server
communities. They will also examine whether
within “Shared Documents”.
local monitoring (based on
Governments now require
As coordinators of the EURO schools, NGOs, local community
Working Group on DSS, we also groups or individuals motivated by
Assessment (SEA) for land-use
encourage other EURO Working use of wild resources) can supply
plans and programmes and
Groups to follow our example and the extra environmental data that
Environmental Impact Assessment
try to identify the cooperation of are needed.
(EIA) for specific projects,
their groups in order to encourage
sometimes now also with To identify current best practice for
more participation and research
sustainability assessments. SEA incorporating biodiversity and
production in joint-work. ♦ and EIA depend on experts to wider environmental information
collect data and make predictions, into decision-making on land-use
and are therefore used for only a across the EU, there will be a
minority of the myriad decisions survey of government and local
TESS Project that affect our environment. practices in all 27 EU member
states plus some candidate states.
However, the ability to predict
It will assess how the use of
change and present options has
biodiversity and environmental
now increased through the use of
information in EIA, SEA and
sophisticated computer modelling.
sustainability assessment has
Such models may incorporate
affected ecosystem services and
behavioural mechanisms of key
biodiversity in both protected and
species and can be spatially-
cultivated areas. This survey will
specific through linkage to habitat
Transactional Environmental also identify priority areas for
and socio-economic data. TESS
Support System internet-based decision support
argues that by making the
and local monitoring to benefit
Project description submitted by computer models work for anyone,
livelihoods and biodiversity.
Jason Papathanasiou. with environmental information
gathered by local people, the
principles of environmental TESS Partners:
TESS is an international research assessment can assist decisions
project supported by the 7th affecting development and
• Aristotle University of
Framework Programme of the Thessaloniki – coordinator
management of land at all relevant
European Commission. It aims to (Greece, www.auth.gr)
levels right across the countryside.
assist the integration of information • Bournemouth University (United
about biodiversity and related What does TESS do?
environmental matters from the TESS aims to design a decision www.bournemouth.ac.uk/ccee/)
local level into planning and land- support system related to
use decisions, while at the same • NERC-Centre for Ecology and
environment and land- use that will
time encouraging local people to Hydrology (United Kingdom,
make it easy for policy makers to
collect such information in order to www.ceh.ac.uk)
integrate local knowledge into their
maintain and restore biodiversity decision making, while also guiding • Anatrack Ltd (United Kingdom,
and ecosystem services. To and encouraging local activities in www.anatrack.com)
achieve this, a decision support ways that restore and/or maintain
system will be designed to • ERENA, Ordenamento e Gestão
biodiversity and ecosystem
exchange information required in de Recursos Naturais Ltd.
environmental assessments at all (Portugal, www.erena.pt/)
levels for information that benefits The project runs from October
• Tero Ltd (Greece, www.tero.gr)
local recreation and livelihoods. 2008 to March 2011. Its first phase
• European Sustainable Use remediation/revitalization stand-alone software. For
Specialist Group (Belgium, measures, models for assessing example, GIS functions and kriging
http://data.iucn.org/themes/ssc/sus risk values, results of remediation methods may be used for spatial
g/sub/europe.htm) measures implementation, etc.); data analysis only; MCDA tools
may be implemented for non-
• Federation of Associations for - WP3 on elaboration of the case
spatial multi-criteria problem
Hunting and Conservation of the studies and implementation of
investigation. However, the full
EU (Belgium, www.face.eu) DECERNS SDSS for realization of
power of DECERNS is utilized
multicriteria decision analysis on
• Pro-Biodiversity Service (Poland) when GIS and MCDA subsystems
land-use management and
and the models provider are used
• Centre for Cartography of Fauna remediation of contaminated
in an integrated problem analysis.
and Flora (Slovenia, www.ckff.si) territories.
• Szent Istvan University, Institute DECERNS users have access to
for Wildlife Conservation (Hungary, DECERNS WebSDSS
handy tools for the analysis of
www.vvt.gau.hu) uncertainty in the recommended
Environmental risk analysis and
• Institute of Sustainable sustainable land-use planning decision. These include the
Technology at Tallinn University of require implementation of tools for opportunity to use several different
Technology (Estonia, www.ttu.ee) spatial information analysis, MCDA models to analyze a multi-
problem-oriented models for criteria problem and the ability to
• Danube Delta National Institute address the robustness of the
for R&D (Romania, assessment of risk values, and
corresponding methods for decision to variations in the relative
• WWF Turkey (Turkey, DecernsSDSS Models Provider
More details about this project can Models GUI
be found in the web-page:
www.tess-project.eu ♦ - Provides GUI to manage tasks
- Models output visualization
(tables, graphs, map layers)
- Request handling
- Models initialization
DECERNS - Task management
- Input/Output data storing
Project & WebSDSS
Project description submitted by Model Adapters
Boris I. Yatsalo.
The objective of the DECERNS MP Connector
project (Nov 2006 – Jan 2010) is
creation of methods and software - Communication with Models DB
Providers (N >= 1)
tools that provide decision support - Information layers loading into SDSS
on multicriteria analysis of [spatial] - Table/Graph data preparation for
alternatives, including land use
environmental protection, location
decision-making support. As a rule, importance and value of each
Three organizations participate in land-use management problems decision criteria. For this, the
the DECERNS project realization: are complex and involve multiple sensitivity of the decision to
- Obninsk State Technical and often competing changes in weights and/or value
University (IATE), Obninsk, objectives/criteria. functions can be used. An
Russia; DECERNS (Decision alternative approach to uncertainty
Evaluation in Complex Risk analysis implemented in
- Khlopin Radium Institute, St.- Network Systems) is a Web-based DECERNS is the use of distributed
Petersburg, Russia (KRI); and SDSS that aims to provide a /random or fuzzy weights and/or
methodology and software tools criterion values.
- Brookhaven National Laboratory,
which will facilitate decision-
Upton, NY, USA.
making support in the field of multi- More about DECERNS Project and
The three main Work Packages (WP) criteria analysis of (spatial) WebSDSS, as well as some demo-
within the DECERNS project are: alternatives, including land-use files can be found at the project’s
planning and environmental web-site: www.decerns.com.
- WP1 on development of web-
based Spatial Decision Support For further information, send your
System (WebSDSS) DECERNS; requests to Boris I. Yatsalo:
DECERNS offers the possibility to
- WP2 on models and databases access the GIS and MCDA firstname.lastname@example.org. ♦
development (database on subsystems independently as
case studies will be especially Support Models" that was held in
Call for Papers welcomed. Manuscripts will be 2004.
Conferences peer-reviewed. The acceptance of
the contributions will be based on
EURO XXIV: the originality of the work, the Carlos Henggeler Antunes, Ana
relevance for the conference Rosa Borges, Carla Oliveira, Luís
theme and its overall quality. Cândido Dias, Maria João Alves.
Conference Chair: The accepted papers will be
Ana Respicio published in a CD-ROM
The 24th European Faculty of Sciences Conference Proceedings. Full
University of Lisbon, Portugal versions of the papers presented
Conference on Operational
at the Conference may be later
Research will take place in the submitted for publication in the
period of July 11th to 14th, 2010, IMPORTANT DATES:
International Journal of Systems
in Lisbon, Portugal. • Paper submission due: Science, Journal of Mathematical
The Programme and Organising January 30th, 2010 (extended) Modelling or in the Algorithms,
Committee are preparing a high International Journal of Intelligent
• Notification to authors: March Decision Technologies.
quality academic programme of the 1st, 2010
Conference. More details about the IMPORTANT DATES:
Conference and the venue can be • Final version of accepted
found in the Conference Web-site: papers: March 26th, 2010 o March 22, 2010: Registration
http://www.euro2010lisbon.org/ . deadline (for authors to
• Workshop proposal guarantee inclusion in the final
DSS2010: submission due: February 15th, program and proceedings
• Poster submission due: April o April 15-17, 2010: Conference.
The 15th IFIP WG 8.3 • Doctoral Consortium Conference Secretariat:
International Conference on email@example.com
submission due: April 1st, 2010
Decision Support Systems, More details about Call for Papers
under the theme "Bridging the • Main Conference: July 8th-
for the URPDM2010 Conference
socio-technical gap in DSS - 10th, 2010
and the venue can be found in the
Challenges for the next decade", • Doctoral Consortium: July 7th, Conference Web-site:
will take place in the period of 2010 www.inescc.pt/urpdm2010 ♦
July 7th to 10th, 2010, at the
Faculty of Sciences, University of • Workshops: July 7th, 2010 Journal Announcement
Lisbon, in Lisbon, Portugal.
More details about Call for Papers Special Issue in IJDSST
In recent years, bridging the socio-
for the DSS2010 Conference and
technical gap has been a “Technologies for
the venue can be found in the
challenge in many areas of Collaborative Decision
research. The socio-technical gap Making”
is the great divide between the http://dss2010.di.fc.ul.pt/
social aspects aimed to be edited by F.Dargam & P. Zaraté
supported and those that are
actually supported, due in part to URPDM2010: The proposed feature issue will
technical limitations and in part to publish in the International Journal
the complexity of the contexts of Decision Support Systems
where decision support must be Technology IJDSST, a selection of
provided. In Decision Support the best papers presented at the
Systems, this challenge has raised Decision Analysis & DSS Stream
several important questions of the the EURO XXIII Conference
concerned with the account and in Bonn, Germany, in July 2009. In
encapsulation of social aspects of The 25th Mini-EURO Conference that DSS Stream 14 interesting
managerial decision making as on Uncertainty and Robustness papers have been presented.
well as with the representation of in Planning and Decision Making Among them, only 4 papers will be
certain human cognitive aspects, will take in Coimbra, Portugal, in selected for this Special Issue.
such as intuition or insights within the period of April 15th to 17th,
computational systems. 2010. Schedule for publication:
Submissions to DSS2010 The URPDM2010 follows up
from academics and practitioners the successful conference on - Acceptation / Rejection: 26
are invited and showcases of real "Managing Uncertainty in Decision Feb. 2010.
- Revised papers submission: Making EWG-DSS Meeting 2009
2 April 2010. . Knowledge Management as a In 2009, the EWG-DSS annual
- Final decision: 30 April 2010. Collaboration Model meeting took place in Bonn,
- Expected publication: End of . Applications in Decision Making Germany, on July 7th, within the
June 2010. and Decision Analysis EURO XXIII, The 23rd European
Contributors are requested to Conference on Operational
For further information, please submit their Abstracts (no more Research. In this EURO
contact the guest editors via e- than 600 characters) in English (no conference, the EWG-DSS group
mail: F.Dargam@SimTechnology.com formulas or mathematical notations organized a DSS Stream, where a
or firstname.lastname@example.org. ♦ are allowed), via the Abstract total of 14 papers were presented
Submission web-page of the within the stream’s three sessions:
Conference site, where the “Social Collaboration & Network-
information about the submission based Decision Systems”;
DSS Stream at the procedure can be found. Link: “Knowledge Management and
EURO XXIV http://www.euro2010lisbon.org/ DSS”; and “Methodologies for
DSS and Distributed DSS”.
Deadline for Abstracts: The research projects presented
EWG-DSS Stream February 28th, 2010 on the DSS Stream are listed
at the EUROXXIV below:
Lisbon, July 2010
March 15th, 2010 1.Group memory support to
Deadline for early registration collaborative decision making.
March 31st, 2010 AbdelKader Adla.
2. Consistency in ahp-
Call for Papers Deadline for author registration collaborative decision making.
April 30th, 2010 María Teresa Escobar, José María
EURO XXIV Lisbon, Portugal. Moreno-jimenez, Juan Aguarón.
July 11-14th, 2010 3. Towards a collaboration network
July 11th-14th, 2010
for the euro working group on
We hope to see you all in DSS. Fatima Dargam, Rita
Lisbon! Ribeiro, Pascale Zaraté.
4.Knowledge extraction in e-
Stream: EWG-DSS Meetings cognocracy. José María Moreno-
“Decision Support System “ jimenez, Jesús Cardeñosa,
List of all past EWG-DSS Carolina, Gallardo, Juan Aguarón,
Organizers: Meetings,/ Workshops & Mini-
Pascale Zaraté & Fátima Dargam María Teresa Escobar, Adrian
Conferences: Toncovich, Alberto Turón.
5. A multi-agent framework for a
The 24th European web dss applied to manufacturing
Conference on Operational . Fontainebleau (France) – 1990; system. Taghezout Noria.
Research, EURO XXIV, will take . Bruges (Belgium) – 1991; 6.Academic decisions support
place in Lisbon from July 11th to . Hungary – 1992; systems: a methodology. José G.
14th, 2010. . Sintra (Portugal) – 1993; Hernández R., María J. García.
Within this Conference, the . Turku (Finland) – 1994; 7. E-government: a comparative
Stream of Decision Support . Samos (Greece) – 1995; study of the g2c online services
Systems, expects the participation . Ispra (Italy) – 1996; progress using multi-criteria
of researchers, practitioners, as . Bruges (Belgium) – 1997; analysis. Yannis Yannacopoulos,
well as students working in the . Granada (Spain) – 1998; Panagiotis Manolitzas, Athanasios
areas of decision making, analysis . Turku (Finland) – 1999; Spyridakos.
and decision support. The Call for . Toulouse (France) – 2000; 8. Applicability of simple additive
Papers document for the DSS . Caiscas (Portugal) – 2001; weighting method with grey
Stream, in pdf format, can be . Bruges (Belgium) – 2002; relations and comparison with
downloaded here. . Luxembourg – 2003; other grey theory techniques.
. Istanbul, (Turkey) – 2003; Edmundas Zavadskas, Arturas
Topics concerning the areas . Prato, (Italy) – 2004; Kaklauskas, Tatjana Vilutiene.
listed below are of particular . Graz (Austria) – 2005; 9. An evidence-adaptive belief
interest in this stream: . London (UK) – 2006; rule-based decision support
. Models for Decision Making and . Reykavik (Iceland) – 2006; system for clinical risk assessment
Decision Analysis . Montreal (Canada) – 2007; in emergency care. Guilan Kong,
. Network-based Collaboration . Prague (Czech Republic) – 2007; Dong-Ling Xu, Jian-Bo Yang.
Decision Systems . Toulouse (France) – 2008; 10. Patterns as building blocks in
. New Methodologies and . Bonn (Germany) – 2009. decision-tree algorithms. Boris
Technology in Group Decision
Delibasic, Milija Suknovic, Milos
11. Web-based decision support The EWG-DSS group has now 105
through kernel density estimation registered members. The updated
and combination. Antonio list of all members of the group is
Rodrigues. available upon request to Pascale
12. A new way of classifying and Zaraté. Changes to this list should
comparing systemic also be reported to Pascale Zaraté
methodologies. Kalliopi Peponi, via e-mail: email@example.com.
Argyris Arnellos, Thomas Spyrou,
John Darzentas. Via the EWG-DSS – IRIT Server the
13. Participating in competitive This reencounter of the group was registered group members of the
online games: analyzing registered by a series of informal EWG-DSS are able to contact
competitive and hedonic decision pictures. Some of them can be directly each other by using the e-
elements. Thomas Weiss, Claudia seen in the post “EWG-DSS – 20 mail address list available in this
Loebbecke. Years!” (link) of the EWG-DSS environment (option “Review
14. Distributed decision making Blog. Go there and enjoy the Members”).
goes multiscale. Christian Wernz photos! ♦ By using our mailing-list addressed
as: firstname.lastname@example.org, the EWG-DSS
The abstracts of the work listed members are able to send
above can be found in the messages to all other members,
proceedings of the EURO XXIII
Contacting the EWG-DSS
allowing this way a one-to-one
conference. ♦ distribution of information about
The EURO-WG on Decision research events and calls for
Support Systems is currently publications.
Upcoming Events head by the Coordination Board:
EWG-DSS Meeting in 2010 Pascale Zaraté, Fátima Dargam If you need more information
In 2010, the EWG-DSS & Rita Ribeiro about the group, please contact us
annual meeting will take place in (Coordination Board of the or visit our web-site:
Lisbon, Portugal, during the period EURO Working Group on DSS http://www.euro-online.org or our
of July 11th - 14th, within the since 2007) EWG-DSS Blog:
EUROXXIV, The 24th European http://ewgdss.wordpress.com/. ♦
Conference on Operational For updates or for joining EWG-
Research, in which our EWG-DSS DSS, please contact:
group will as usual organize a Pascale Zarate
DSS stream devoted to the topic of E-mail: email@example.com
“Applied and Distributed Decision IRIT – Equipe CSC
Making”. The Call for Papers INPT – ENSIACET – GI
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20 Years of the EWG-DSS EWG-DSS LinkedIn Group: • Research Views and
In 2009 our group completed 20 &gid=1961459&trk=anet_ug_hm
years of existence! This round • Forthcoming Events
anniversary was commemorated EWG-DSS Slideshare:
with a warm get-together in July http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss/ • General Announcements
2009, in Bonn, by the occasion of EWG-DSS IRIT Server: Contributions to the EWG-DSS
the 23rd EURO Conference. It was https://wwwsecu.irit.fr/listes/info/ew Newsletter should be sent to one of
great to meet some of our founding g-dss the email addresses below with the
group members again, as well as subject: “EWG-DSS Newsletter”.
to have a chance to get to know EWG-DSS Mailing List: F.Dargam@SimTechnology.com
the new ones who also took part at firstname.lastname@example.org Zarate@irit.fr
the EURO XXIII in Germany.