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Newsletter EWG-DSS Nr.15 2016-2017

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Newsletter EWG-DSS Nr.15 2016-2017

  1. 1. 1 No. 15, Year 2016 / 2017 EWG-DSS Newsletter Newsletter of the EURO Working Group on Decision Support System In this Issue Editorial........................................ 1 EWG-DSS Members .................... 2 EWG-DSS Channels.................... 2 Interview ...................................... 3 EWG-DSS Award......................... 5 Publications................................. 5 EWG-DSS Events ...................... 10 EWG-DSS Meetings .................. 10 Events in 2016........................... 11 Events in 2017........................... 12 Events in 2018........................... 13 Best Paper Prizes...................... 13 Other Events.............................. 14 EWG-DSS Collab-Net Project... 16 News about Members……......…16 Other Announcements ............. 17 Editorial Board The Newsletter of the EURO WG on Decision Support Systems is annually edited by its current Coordination Board Members: PascaleZaraté; FátimaDargam; Boris Delibasic; Shaofeng Liu; Isabelle Linden and Jason Papathanasiou. Comments and announcements for the next issues of the EWG-DSS Newsletter should be sent to the email address below with the subject: “Newsletter”. Email: ewg-dss@fccdp.com Editorial(by the EURO Working Group on DSS Coordination Board Members) Dear Euro Working Group members! Dear Friends! It is our pleasure to encourage you to read the 2016/2017 issue of the EWG-DSS Newsletter, which includes the summary of our group‘s activities in this period, announcements from group members and upcoming events. In 2016 the EWG-DSS managed to organize with success two events, namely: the 2nd EWG-DSS International Conference on Decision Support System Technology ICDSST-2016 in Plymouth, UK, from May 23rd to 25th , 2016; and the DSS Stream at the EURO-2016, the 28th European Conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organized by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the Polish OR Society. The EURO 2016 took place at the Poznan University in Poznan, Poland from July 3rd to 6th, 2016. The ICDSST Conferences organized by the EWG-DSS offer the European and International DSS Communities, including the academic and the industrial sectors, opportunities to present state-of-the- art DSS developments and to discuss about the current challenges that surround Decision-Making processes, focusing on realistic but innovative solutions; as well as on potential new business opportunities. This year the ICDSST 2017 happens in Namur, Belgium, locally organized by Isabelle Linden and her research group in the University of Namur. Read more about it in this issue. In 2016 the EWG-DSS upgraded its management structure and included in it an Advisory Board (AB), which is chaired by Rita Ribeiro. The AB includes experienced researchers and EWG-DSS long-term members that have contributed to the DSS field and to the activities of the group. More details about the EWG-DSS Advisory Board and its members can be read in the News section of this Newsletter. The publications produced by the EWG-DSS during the 2016-2017 period include: the Proceedings of the ICDSST 2016 conference; More information about those editions can be found in the Publications section of this Newsletter. All prizes and award initiatives have been successfully carried on by the EWG-DSS. Among them, we cite: the promotion of the ―Best Papers Prizes‖ in our Conferences, for which some sponsor-companies distribute licenses of simulation and DSS-area-related software packages as prizes for best presented papers; and the EWG-DSS Yearly Award for young researchers. Read more about it in the EWG-DSS Award section. For the year 2018, the EWG-DSS has the pleasure to announce its 4th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology ICDSST-2018as a joint event with the PROMETHEE Days 2018. The joint-conference ICDSST & PROMETHEE Days 2018 will take place in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, from May 22nd to 23rd , 2018. The main focus of the ICDSST-2018will be Sustainable Data- Driven & Evidence-based Decision Support with Applications to the Environment and Energy Sectors. All EWG-DSS Members are welcome to participate. Additionally, users of PROMETHEE will be able to disseminate their theoretical developments or practical applications of the PROMETHEE methods in the ICDSST & PROMETHEE Days 2018. A full report about the Joint-Conference in 2018 is in the ―EWG-DSS Events‖ section of this issue, along with the other upcoming events. This Newsletter Nr.15also presents to you an interview with Prof. Bertrand Mareschal, from the ULB – Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in Brussels, Belgium. A well known academic in the areas of Statistics and Operational Research and organizer of the PROMETHEE DAYS events, as well as a long-term EWG-DSS member. It is a pleasure for us to have Bertrand‘s interview in this issue. We hope you enjoy reading it! Our research group reached our planned collaboration goals in the covered period of 2016/2017 and we are very happy about the successful impact that we have made so far within the DSS communities in Europe and Worldwide. As we always remind you,: all this would not have been possible without the collaboration of all of the EWG-DSS members. We sincerely wish to thank All of You for your continued support and contributions. We appreciated your support in 2016 / 2017 and we look forward to experience fruitful collaboration with you in the years to come! Best wishes from the EWG-DSS Coordination Board& AB Chair! Boris Delibasic, Isabelle Linden, Rita Ribeiro, Fátima Dargam, Shaofeng Liu, Pascale Zaraté and Jason Papathanasiou.
  2. 2. 2 EWG-DSS Members The EWG-DSShas currently over270officially registered members (status of May 2017) in its mailing list; and 304members in its LinkedIn group. Since 1989, the EWG-DSS membership has grown substantially. We are very proud to continuously attract the interest of new members and the participation of old ones in the organized scientific events and editions of the group. An updated list of registered members with their respective email-addresses can be sent to you, by request (mailto: ewg-dss@fccdp.com). If you are a member, you can also check the EWG- DSS list of members and their research interaction via the link http://www.collab- net.com/, using your e-mail address to login. EWG-DSS New Management Structure In 2016 the EWG-DSS upgraded its management structure and included in it an Advisory Board (AB), which is chaired by Rita Ribeiro. The new management strucuture, in which the AB takes part is illustrated below. Apart from the AB, two teams formed by the EWG-DSS Members who collaborate with EWG-DSS joint editions and research projects:an Editorial Team (ET) that is composed of researchers that have guest-edited Journal Special Issues and Springer Books with the CB; and a Scientific Collaboration Team (SCT) that includes the researchers who are involved with EWG-DSS research projects and initiatives, like for instance the Collab_Net Project. Only the Coordination & Executive Board CB-EB can officially report to EURO and reply to EWG-DSS Members. The Board of Assistants (BA) is to be formed by young researchers linked to the CB-EB members, in order to assist them with the EWG-DSS annual tasks. Board and Team members can be in more than one of the groups of the EWG-DSS new defined Management Structure. See figure below. However, the members of the Coordination Board are not members of the Advisory Board, and vice-versa. The EWG-DSS will notify all members about further details of the other boards and teams of this structure soon. EWG-DSS Advisory Board: The AB includes experienced researchers and EWG-DSS long-term members that have contributed to the DSS field and to the activities of the group. The Advisory Board members are expected to promote the EWG-DSS organized conferences and activities among your collaborators; support the EWG-DSS CB with manuscripts reviewing tasks; participate as actively as possible in the EWG-DSS organized events and activities, including conferences, projects and publication- editions; try to attend the annual conference of the EWG-DSS, the ICDSST; and bring new ideas for enhancing and innovating the EWG- DSS activities and organized events. Advisory Board Members: Currently the EWG-DSS Advisory Board members are the following: Prof. Rita Ribeiro (AB Chair) UNINOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal Prof. Alexis Tsoukias Prof. José Maria Moreno University of Zaragoza, Spain Prof. Alexis Tsoukias CNRS-LAMSADE, France Prof. Philip Powell Birkbeck, University of London, UK Prof. Adiel Teixeira de Almeida Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil Prof. Marko Bohanec Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia Dr. Pavlos Delias Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Greece Prof. D. Marc Kilgour Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada Dr. Jorge Hernández University of Liverpool, UK Photo taken in 2016 in an informal meeting in Plymouth, with some members of the EWG- DSS Coordination and Advisory Boards. If you wish to have more information about the EWG-DSS Advisory Board, contact Rita Ribeiro by e-mail: rar@uninova.pt. EWG-DSS Channels The EWG-DSS communication channels facilitate the interaction among the working group members and between the Coordination Board and all members. EWG-DSS Mailing-List: ewg-dss@irit.fr This mailing-list address is devoted only to the registered EWG-DSS members for announcements, projects information, as well as calls for publications. The EWG-DSS Mailing list is managed within the IRIT Server.  EWG-DSS – IRIT Server https://wwwsecu.irit.fr/listes/info/ewg -dss The EWG-DSS Server, hosted by IRIT, contains all the EWG-DSS shared files. To access the server you need to be a registered member of the group and use your e-mail as login. Via the option ―Review Members‖, one is able to check the e-mail addresses of each member.
  3. 3. 3 EWG-DSS Web-Links:  EWG-DSS – Blog http://ewgdss.wordpress.com/ In the EWG-DSS blog you find up-to- date information about the group‘s activities,projects, awards, newsletters, research collaborations, publications and links to the organized conferences. You can also use the EWG-DSS Blog to send messages to the Coordination Board and to register as a new member.  EWG-DSS – EURO Homepage http://www.euro- online.org/web/ewg/10/ewg-decision- support-systems The EWG-DSS page at the EURO online site is the DSS Working Group‘s official homepage. There you find a summary of the detailed information you find in the EWG-DSSBlog and the links totheDSSorganized Streams in EURO K Conferences, our Annual Events; Conferences; Meetings; Awards, etc.  EWG-DSS – LinkedIn Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about= &gid=1961459&trk=anet_ug_grppro The Linked-In EWG-DSS Group has currently over 300members. This group is open to all Linked-In users. There you find briefings of the EWG-DSS‘s activities, discussions of related topics, job opportunity announcements, conferences calls for participation, Journals calls for papers, etc. You are also very welcome to post your announcements in it. If you like networkingand you wish to make your announcements more visible to a wider and selective audience, you should take advantage of this platform! interact with.  EWG-DSS – Slideshare Account http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss In the EWG-DSS Slideshare account you find all the digital versions of the EWG-DSS Newsletters, as well as some online presentations. If you wish to share some of your research presentations with us, you are also welcome to use this account. Please contact us for more details.  EWG-DSS – Twitter Account https://twitter.com/EWGDSS The EWG-DSS Twitter account is operative since 2014 and has continuously gained attention of several group members, collaborators and ICT professionals. There you can be updated with short announcements of our events and publications. We also use the EWG-DSS Twitter account to post pertinent information about our ICT areas of research. Follow us on Twitterto get breaking news of our activities within the DSS communities in Europe and Worldwide! Remember: “Our communication channels are our main tools to cooperate!” Interview Prof. Bertrand Mareschal Professor of Statistics and Operational Research, ULB - UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management,1050 Brussels, Belgium. Email: bmaresc@ulb.ac.be, Homepage: http://www.promethee- gaia.net EWG-DSS: Dear Bertrand, thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. First, let us know a few things about your background. BM: After attending classical studies and learning ancient Greek and Latin at school, I decided to learn Mathematics at the ULB University of Brussels. I graduated in 1983 and obtained a Doctorate in Science in 1989 from the same university. In 1982, I took an elective course on Operational Research. It was nice to learn mathematical programming and other optimization techniques and to explore more applied mathematics. I then decided to do my graduate thesis on this topic and went to ask the OR professor for a thesis subject. The OR professor was Jean-Pierre Brans and he was back from a conference in Québec City where he had presented for the first time the bases of the PROMETHEE Multicriteria Decision Aid methods.This was the beginning of a 30-year story with Jean-Pierre and with PROMETHEE. After completing my doctoral thesis in the field of Multicriteria Decision Aid (MCDA) in 1989, I started an academic career at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. I am currently teaching statistics, operational research and decision aid. EWG-DSS: Can you tell us more about the development of Multicriteria Decision Aid and its interaction with Decision Support Systems? BM: Back in 1983 when I attended an international OR conference (EURO VI, in Vienna) for the first time, things were quite different from now: conference fees were much cheaper, attendance and the number of parallel sessions were quite lower, conviviality and quality were much higher, and MCDA was not as widespread as it is today. Multicriteria methods were burgeoning, with many new proposals appearing every year. Computers were mostly non-interactive mainframes and it was very difficult to use multicriteria methods for solving actual decision problems. At EURO VI, Jean-Pierre Brans proposed to organize EURO Summer Institutes (ESI) gathering young European promising researchers around specific fields. I took part to the 2 nd ESI organized in Brussels in 1985 about MCDA. In 1989, the 6 th ESI took place in Portugal and was about Decision Support Systems (DSS). At that time, the border between MCDA and DSS was faint as DSS needed decision aid tools and MCDA needed to be integrated into wider decision systems. Besides, during the 1980‘s, personal computers appeared, spreadsheet and other software appeared and people started to use these for decision support.
  4. 4. 4 In July 1990, I made a presentation of the PROMCALC Decision Support System at the 1 st Meeting of the EWG- DSS in Fontainebleau. At that time PROMCALC was one of the first interactive MCDA software, based on the PROMETHEE methods. From that time on, MCDA and DSS have much developed and have become important fields of OR. EWG-DSS: Why is MCDA so important today? BM: Decisions are made every day. They shape our world. It is important that they are made as well as possible, and that as good as possible decisions are made. This can be achieved in different ways. Decisions can be made using a qualitative approach, considering the feeling or the expertise of decision makers. This has been done for centuries, with various results. Today however this approach has reached its limits, mostly because our brains have limits when it comes to objectively and exhaustively analyze large amounts of data. Alternatively, quantitative approaches can be used. They rely on modelling the decision problems and using mathematical methods and the power of computers to provide decision makers with sound decision advice. Different types of models can be developed. Historically most classical OR models are unicriterion ones: they are based on a single and often economic criterion, such as profit or cost, and they seek to achieve optimal decisions. Most actual decision problems however involve multiple and often conflicting objectives. One particularly important example today is the concept of sustainable development: our decisions should as much as possible be made considering their economic, social and environmental impacts. This calls for multicriteria models where several objectives can be considered simultaneously and balanced with each other. MCDA methods provide decision makers with appropriate tools to analyze decision problems involving multiple criteria and to make more ―sustainable‖ decisions. Taking into account multiple objectives and multiple points of view of different stakeholders is also essential to ensure ethics in decision processes. EWG-DSS: You are one of the main developers of the PROMETHEE methods. Can you tell us more about these methods? BM: The PROMETHEE methods belong to the family of outranking methods initiated by Professor Bernard Roy with the ELECTRE methods. Compared with the multi-attribute utility theory (MAUT) approach popular in Anglo-Saxon countries, outranking methods make fewer assumptions about the preferences of the decision makers and try to remain closer to the multicriteria nature of decision problems. They also make it possible to avoid excessive compensation between conflicting criteria, thus leading to better-balanced decisions. PROMETHEE was invented by Professor Jean-Pierre Brans and first presented publicly in 1982. I was lucky enough to be a student of Jean-Pierre at that time and to be involved in the development of PROMETHEE. Back in 1982, PROMETHEE was very similar to contemporary ELECTRE methods: it was possible to rank alternative decisions, either completely or partially (thus allowing for incomparability). Today (2017), more than 1500 PROMETHEE-related papers have been published worldwide and the seminal paper ―How to select and how to rank projects – The PROMETHEE method‖ published in EJOR in 1986 is among the top cited OR papers according to recent bibliometric studies. Several reasons can explain this success. From the beginning, PROMETHEE was meant to be simple to understand and to use. Simple doesn‘t mean simplistic. PROMETHEE provides decision makers with sound results and yet its basic principles can be understood and accepted widely. Besides, these principles make it possible to develop additional types of analyses such as for instance descriptive analyses (GAIA), weight sensitivity analyses (Walking Weights and Stability Intervals), group decision analyses (GDSS- PROMETHEE) and multiple selection (PROMETHEE V). At the turn of the 21 th Century, PROMETHEE had evolved to a complete decision aid (support) system including multiple tools appropriate to different decision problem situations. Another important development factor of PROMETHEE is the availability of interactive and user-friendly software. I have developed the PROMCALC software at the end of the 1980‘s. It was running under MS-DOS, with limited graphical features, but it was at that time one of the first truly interactive and usable MCDA software. PROMCALC was followed by Decision Lab in 2000, with a MS-Windows interface and new features (a.o. GDSS). Decision Lab was a joint project with a Canadian company located in Montréal. Today, Visual PROMETHEE is the newest PROMETHEE software and I am responsible for its development and diffusion. EWG-DSS: What are you working on currently and how do you envision your future research? BM: Several projects are underway and most are related to PROMETHEE. First there is the http://www.promethee- gaia.net web site that I have set up and that I manage. The site is a central place for all information related to the PROMETHEE methods. There are pointers to PROMETHEE-related activities such as the PROMETHEE Days workshops, documents and information channels such as the PROMETHEE Methods LinkedIn group. It is also a repository for the PROMETHEE Bibliographic Database that is continuously updated and that currently includes more than 1500 PROMETHEE-related papers. The development of the Visual PROMETHEE software is also a priority for me and the Academic Edition of Visual PROMETHEE is available for free to all non-profit academic users as a download from the http://www.promethee-gaia.net web site. The availability of software is indeed essential for generalizing the application of MCDA methods like PROMETHEE. Yet more work has still to be done to facilitate the use of the methods: in particular, the elicitation of preference parameters (weights of the criteria, preference thresholds, …) should be made easier for the decision makers. I am developing ―assistants‖ within Visual PROMETHEE to this purpose. I am also always ready to answer demands related to the use of Visual PROMETHEE: courses can be organized and collaborations are welcome. I have been interacting with decision makers and researchers in many countries and across many fields to help them to setup multicriteria models and to use MCDA. Being able to work within such multidisciplinary teams is in my opinion one of the nicest part in my research. On a more methodological point of view, even after thirty years of development, the PROMETHEE methods still lack some features and I am working on extensions related to, among others, handling uncertainty or imprecision of the data, introducing the time dimension into the decision process, and adapting the evaluation methodology to specific purposes such as resources allocation. A lot of work ahead! EWG-DSS: Bertrand, we sincerely thank you very much for this informative & enjoyable interview! It was a pleasure to learn about your research pathway. We wish you Good Luck with all your new endeavours and we hope to continue collaborating with you and with the PROMETHEE users!
  5. 5. 5 Note: The ICDSST 2018 will be organized as a joint-conference with the PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 in Heraklion Crete, Greece, during the period of 22- 25 May! EWG-DSS Award The annual EWG-DSS-Award is a motivating initiative for PhD students and young researchers to have their papers selected as best papers or most innovative presented work, among the research work submitted to the EWG- DSS organized scientific events of the same year. Each year, the winner is rewarded with a modest prize in money, sponsored by the EWG-DSS, and the EWG-DSS- Award certificate. How to sponsor the Award? The EWG-DSS hopes to count with sponsorship from research funds and from the industrial sector to make the future ―EWG- DSS-Awards‖ more financially appealing to the candidates. You are encouraged to support this initiative by financially sponsoring it if possible, as well as to participate and/or to disseminate this information among your students, colleagues, research partners and collaborators. Winner of the 2016-Award: 18 candidates for the EWG-DSS 2016 Award were selected among presentations of the 2nd EWG-DSS International Conference on Decision Support Systems Technology ICDSST 2016 in Plymouth, UK, in May 2016, and of the EWG-DSS Stream on Decision Support Systems at EURO 2016 in Poland, in July 2016. The 2016 EWG-DSS Young Researcher Award was awarded to Fahham Hasan Qaiser from Loughborough University, UK, for his paper presented at the ICDSST 2016 in Plymouth, entitled: ―Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Logistics: A Review and Bibliometric Analysis‖. We congratulate Fahham Hasan Qaiser for his work and for winning the 2016- Award. The EWG-DSS 2016 Award prize is of € 300 and will be officially delivered to the winner in 2017, during the ICDSST 2017 in Namur, Belgium. EWG-DSS 2017-Award The EWG-DSS 2017 Award will be given to the best paper or most innovative presented work, among the research work submitted to the 2017 EWG-DSS organized scientific events, namely: the ICDSS 2017 in Namur, Belgium and the DSS Stream on the IFORS 2017 in Quebec City, Canada. You will be informed about the winner before the end of 2017. Next EWG-DSS Award in 2018 The “EWG-DSS Award 2018″ can still be yours! Participate in the ICDSST 2018, a joint conference with the PROMETHEE DAYS 2018! How to apply? To apply for the annual EWG-DSS Award, you only need to participate in one of our Conferences, or Session Streams organized by the group and allow your work to be part of our selection! More details can be found via the link below: http://ewgdss.wordpress.com/awards/ CoPForestDSS News The April 2017 newsletter of the Community of Practice (CoP) on Forest Management Decision Support Systems, has been already published. Please check their website at: http://www.forestdss.org/CoP/ FITradeoff Flexible and Interactive Tradeoff decision support system - FITradeoff: a new software for multiple criteria decision problems with partial information Preference modeling of decision makers in the context of Multiattribute Value Theory (MAVT) is not an easy task due to the meaning of the scale constants of the criteria, which is not related only to their relative importance, but involves other issues as well (Keeney & Raiffa, 1976). Several MCDM methods were developed to aid preference modeling of decision makers and elicit values of the scale constants, such as the tradeoff procedure and the swing procedure. Although the tradeoff procedure has a strong axiomatic foundation, behavioral studies report 67% of inconsistencies when it is applied. Additionally, 50% of inconsistencies when the swing procedure is applied (Weber & Borcherding, 1993). These procedures require complete information about the DM‘s preferences, but the decision maker is not always able to specify his preferences in the detailed way required (Weber, 1987), and giving this information can be tedious and time consuming (Salo & Hamalainen, 1992). Partial information methods were mainly motivated by these issues, and they can handle situations where the decision maker does not have a precisely defined preference structure (Weber, 1987). The Flexible and Interactive Tradeoff (FITradeoff) was developed by de Almeida et al. (2016) for elicitation of scale constants in additive models with partial information about the decision maker‘s preferences. This new method is based on the traditional tradeoff procedure, but it brings two main benefits compared to the traditional tradeoff (de Almeida et al., 2016): first, it reduces the information required by the DM; and second, the information required is cognitively easier to provide. FITradeoff keeps the axiomatic structure of the tradeoff procedure, and improves its applicability for the decision maker, in such way that less inconsistency is expected. FITradeoff is operated by means of a decision support system. FITradeoff DSS received the best Brazilian technological product award in the II Research and Post-Graduation in Production Engineering Meeting (II EPPGEP, 2017), organized by the Brazilian National Association of Research and Post-Graduation in Production Engineering (ANPEPRO). Please check the website at: http://fitradeoff.org/ Publications In this section you find the list of recent EWG-DSS editions (a comprehensive list of EWG-DSS publications is found in: https://ewgdss.wordpress.com/ewg- dss-academic-production/), as well as individual publications of members of the group, who sent their information for
  6. 6. 6 this Newsletter. We encourage all EWG- DSS members to send to us their lists of most recent publications for the next Newsletter! EWG-DSS Recent Editions: Edited Special issues and books  Real-World Decision Support Systems Case Studies. Edited by Jason Papathanasiou, Nikolaos Ploskas and Isabelle Linden. This book presents real-world decision support systems, i.e., systems that have been running for some time and as such have been tested in real environments and complex situations; the cases are from various application domains and highlight the best practices in each stage of the system‘s life cycle, from the initial requirements analysis and design phases to the final stages of the project. Each chapter provides decision-makers with recommendations and insights into lessons learned so that failures can be avoided and successes repeated. For this reason unsuccessful cases, which at some point of their life cycle were deemed as failures for one reason or another, are also included. All decision support systems are presented in a constructive, coherent and deductive manner to enhance the learning effect. It complements the many works that focus on theoretical aspects or individual module design and development by offering ‗good‘ and ‗bad‘ practices when developing and using decision support systems. Combining high-quality research with real-world implementations, it is of interest to researchers and professionals in industry alike. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/97 83319439150  Decision Support Systems VI – Addressing. Sustainability and Societal Challenges. 2nd International Conference, ICDSST 2016, Plymouth, UK, May 23–25, 2016, Proceedings. Edited by Shaofeng Liu, Boris Delibašić and Festus Oderanti. This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Decision Support Systems Technology, ICDSST 2016, held in Plymouth, UK, May 23-25. The theme of the event was ―Decision Support Systems Addressing Sustainability & Societal Challenges‖, organized by the EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies) working group of Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS). The 15 full papers presented in this book were selected out of 51 submissions after being carefully reviewed by internationally experts from the ICDSST 2016 Program Committee and externally invited reviewers. The selected papers are representative of current and relevant research activities in various areas of decision support systems, such as sustainability and societal challenges; risk management and project portfolio management; business intelligence and knowledge management; and technologies to improve system usability. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/97833 19328768  Special issue on ―Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Applications‖. International Journal of Decision Support System Technologies. Jason Papathanasiou, Festus Oderanti, Uchitha Jayawickrama (guest editors). This special issue comprises of papers presented in the EWG-DSS 2016 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2016) organized by the EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS) in Plymouth, UK, during the period of May 23rd to May 25th, 2016. The conference theme was ―Decision Support Systems Addressing Sustainability & Societal Challenges‖ and was hosted at the Plymouth Graduate School of Management & Plymouth Business School, Faculty of Business. The topic of this special is ―Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Applications‖ and prospective authors were invited to submit their work. After a rigorous peer review procedure four papers were selected for publication and are presented here.  Special Issue on ―Sustainable knowledge-based decision support systems (KB-DSS) for business performance improvement in real industrial environment‖, Industrial Management and Data Systems (IM&DS). Edited by Shaofeng Liu, Boris Delibasic, Lynne Butel, Xue Han (guest editors). This special issue (SI) focuses on one of the very crucial but under-developed areas in sustainable knowledge-based decision support systems (KB-DSS) for business performance improvement, namely how KB-DSS can help address sustainability and societal challenges in real business environment. Specifically, it addresses the following questions: i. What are the key knowledge management support requirements and intelligent inference/reasoning/ learning capabilities of DSS in the current web-based, big data-driven, social network-supported, decision making context? ii. How can KB-DSS support and improve business performance, facilitating the setting, monitoring
  7. 7. 7 and achieving economic, social and environmental (green) objectives? iii. What empirical evidence is there of how KB-DSS has been applied to real decision making in different industrial environments? Call for Papers Springer Operational Research: An International Journal Special Issue on Data Visualisation for Decision-Making: An Important Issue Lead 1 & Guest Editors Corentin Burnay 1 (corentin.burnay@unamur.be) University of Namur, Namur, Belgium corentin.burnay@unamur.be Fátima C. C. Dargam (F.Dargam@SimTechnology.com) ILTC, Brazil &SimTech Simulation Technology, Graz, Austria f.dargam@simtechnology.com Pascale Zaraté (Pascale.Zarate@univ-tlse1.fr) University of Toulouse, IRIT - INPT, Tolouse, France pascale.zarate@univ-tlse1.fr Methods and Strategies in Business Information, in Big Data, as well as in Domain Data and Knowledge collection all share an important issue to deal with, that is the one of bringing up an adequate and comprehensible visualization approach to present relevant information to users and decision-makers in an effective way. This special issue collects some recent approaches of DSS and of Information Systems that present domain-specific and visualization-based user communication strategies and interfaces to support decision-making. After the ICDSST 2017, qualified extended papers presented during the International Conference on DSS Technology 2017 in Namur, Belgium (ICDSST 2017), will be invited by the Guest Editors to be reviewed for this special issue. Authors of invited papers should submit their extended work to the Lead Guest Editor. After the submission, a peer review process will then be engaged and a selection of the best papers will be published. All manuscripts should be written according to the Springer OR Journal‘s Guidelines for Authors: http://www.springer.com/business+%26 +management/operations+research/jour nal/12351?detailsPage=editorialBoard Important Deadlines: Deadline for full paper submission: September 30 th , 2017 Notice of acceptance/rejection: December 15 th , 2017 Revised paper submission: February 15 th , 2018 Final decision: March 15 th , 2018 EURO Journal on Decision Processes Supporting and Explaining Decision Processes by means of Argumentation Guest Editors: i. A. Hunter, University College London [anthony.hunter@ucl.ac.uk] ii. N. Maudet, LIP6, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris [nicolas.maudet@lip6.fr] iii. F. Toni, Imperial College London [f.toni@imperial.ac.uk] iv. W. Ouerdane, LGI, CentraleSupelec, Univ. Paris Saclay [wassila.ouerdane@centralesupelec.fr] Motivation While systems based on complex decision-making techniques are developed and widely used in various industrial settings, there is a pressing demand for methods that humans can understand. Transparency alone is rarely sufficient: in order to let users inspect their rationale, recommendations must often be at least accompanied with explanations, or even integrated in a dialectical process allowing the discussion and revision of the recommendation, of the options at stake, sometimes even of the model used. Artificial Intelligence (AI), in connection with argumentation theory, has developed various techniques to handle these issues, where the purpose can be to generate qualitative explanations of decisions based on existing quantitative models, but also to use computational models of argument to generate the options to be considered in the decision process, to reason on the basis of pieces of evidence either supporting or contradicting a decision, or to design interactive decision-aiding process with argumentative features, to cite but a few. Contents The Guest Editors invite papers on ―Supporting and Explaining Decision Processes by means of Argumentation" which will be published as a feature cluster in the EURO Journal on Decision Processes. Our ambition in this special issue is to strengthen the connection and mutual awareness between the OR and AI communities working on these issues. We invite contributions making explicit connections or comparisons between decision-theoretic models and argumentative approaches. This includes in particular, but not exhaustively:  argumentation-based decision- making  explanation for multi-criteria decision-making  argument schemes for decision- making  dialectical processes for supporting decision-aiding processes  real-world applications involving argumentative features in the decision process Schedule Prospective authors are invited to submit: (1) Expression of interest, up to one page describing the envisioned submission, to besent by email to the guest editors, (2) Full paper to the Editorial Manager system as Original Research with a reference to this Call for Papers (https://www.editorialmanager.com/e jdp) [new deadline: 15/06/17] The Special Issue is planned to be published in December 2017. EURO Journal on Decision Processes Data Analytics and Collaborative Decision Processes Guest Editors: i. Pascale Zaraté, Toulouse University, pascale.zarate@ut- capitole.fr ii. Fátima Dargam, SimTech Simulation Technology/ILTC, f.dargam@simtechnology.com iii. Rita Ribeiro, UNINOVA, rar@uninova.pt
  8. 8. 8 iv. Shaofeng Liu, Plymouth University, shaofeng.liu@plymouth.ac.uk Motivation While Big Data analytics is a common challenge to overcome nowadays across most application areas, several trends and technologies are making it possible for decision makers to reach decisions faster by improving their collaborative decision processes. These processes involve much more information than before, and they are also increasingly decentralized and distributed. Experiences from best practices in contemporary business decisions suggest that collaborative platforms need to be equipped with strong analytical capabilities based on methodological advances from the Big Data Value Chain, in order to make the best use of available data. In this setting, the current Featured Issue of the EURO Journal of Decision Processes (EJDP) will explore how ―Data Analytics and Collaborative Decision Processes‖ have recently been implemented. Contents The Guest Editors seek state of the art reviews and research papers that demonstrate that how decision making professionals have sought to implement and use Collaborative Decision Processes and Data Analytics to address timely challenges. Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to: Big Data Analytics; Decision Dashboards; DM & Social Networks Data Analytics; Collaborative Decision Processes; Group Preferences Co- Decisions; among others. Established by the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO), EJDP publishes research that advances the understanding and appropriate use of operational research in supporting decision making processes (see http://www.springer.com/40070). Schedule Prospective authors are invited to submit: (1) an (optional) expression of interest, up to one page describing the envisioned submission, to be sent by email to the guest editors, (2) a full paper to the Editorial Manager system as Original Research with a reference to this Call for Papers (https://www.editorialmanager.com/ ejdp). The planned schedule is as follows: November 2017: Full Papers submission deadline April 2018: Notification (1st round) / May 2018: revision due (1st round), July 2018: Notification (2st round) / September 2018: revision due (2st round) November 2018: Publication of Feature issue Mathematical Problems in Engineering Building Mathematical Models for Multicriteria and Multiobjective Applications Lead Guest Editor Adiel T. de Almeida, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil; almeida@cdsid.org.br Guest Editors i. Love Ekenberg, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University, Sweden, lovek@dsv.su.se; and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. ii. Juan Carlos Leyva, Department of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Occident, Culiacán, Mexico; juan.leyva@udo.mx iii. Danielle Morais, Department of Management Engineering, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil; daniellemorais@yahoo.com.br In our daily lives or professional settings, there are many decision problems that involve multiple criteria, which may be conflicting and incommensurable. The complexity of real-world decision and the plethora of factors and criteria that are often involved necessitate the implementation of a sound theoretical framework to structure and model the decision- making process. Methods of Multiple Criteria Decision Making/Aid (MCDM/A) can be applied to support decision makers (DMs) in such task. MCDM/A provides such a framework, as well as a wide variety of methodological tools that are oriented towards the support of the DMs in facing real-world decision problems. Applications in a variety of areas may be done by building decision models representing both the preferences of decision makers and the various characteristics of the problems at hand, which may include the aggregation of DMs in group decision making (GDM). These built decision models are the basis for applications in a diversity of areas supporting DMs for handling those problems. The aim of this special issue is to promote and disseminate research and applications among academics and other professionals interested in theory, methodologies, and applications of MCDM/A. This special issue is aligned with the mission of the MPE and seeks bringing high-quality papers with significant impact on the practice of business, management, and policy making utilizing MCDM/A. Authors are welcome to submit papers that consider mathematical models for and applications of multicriteria and multiobjective methods. Final applications could be related to, or consider, but are not limited to, the following topics: energy, environment, climate, sustainability, risk management, reliability, maintenance, project management, production management, supply chain management, logistic, location, transportation, and healthcare. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:  Preference modeling and risk and uncertainty modeling  Behavioral issues for building MCDM/A and GDM models  GDM and negotiations models  Building of multicriteria group decision models  Building mathematical models with multiattribute utility or value theory (MAUT/MAVT)  Building mathematical models for MCDM/A with partial information  Building mathematical models based on multiobjective optimization and multiobjective combinatorial optimization  Use of evolutionary algorithms in MCDM/A  New areas of MCDM/A in applied outranking methods  Building mathematical models with fuzzy MCDM/A  Advanced applications of AHP (Analytical Hierarchical Process) and ANP (Analytical Network Process) Schedule Manuscript Due: May 26, 2017 First Round of Reviews: Aug. 18, 2017 Publication Date: October 13, 2017 Members’ Recent Publications 1. C. Lisboa, J. Vieira, S. Mouta, S.Machado, N. Ribeiro, E. Silva, R. A. Ribeiro, A. F. Pereira (2016) An
  9. 9. 9 MCDM Approach to the Selection of Novel Technologies for Innovative In-Vehicle Information Systems. International Journal of Decision Support System Technology, Vol 8, Issue 1, January – March, 2016. DOI: 10.4018/IJDSST.2016010103 2. E. Shahamatnia, I. Dorotovic, J. M. Fonseca, R. A. Ribeiro (2016) An evolutionary computation based algorithm for calculating solar differential rotation by automatic tracking of coronal bright points. Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate, Vol 6, A16. DOI: 10.1051/swsc/2016010 3. J. Falcão , R. A. Ribeiro, J.Jassbi, S.Lavender, E. Boissier, Fabrice Brito (2016) Evaluation Support System for Open Challenges on Earth Observation Topics. Chapter in: Real-World Decision Support Systems. Editors: Jason Papathanasiou, Nikolaos Ploskas,Isabelle Linden. Integrated Series in Information Systems. Volume 37, Springer. pp 151-174. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43916-7_7 4. G. G. Vieira , M.L.R. Varela, R. A. Ribeiro (2016) A Knowledge Based System for Supporting Sustainable Industrial Management in a Clothes Manufacturing Company based on a Data Fusion Model. In: Decision Support Systems VI – Addressing Sustainability and Societal Challenges, ICDSST2016 Proceedings, Editors: S. Liu, B. Delibasoc, F. Oderanti, LNBIP 250, Springer, pp 113-126, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32877-5_9 5. Oluwafemi Oyemomi, Shaofeng Liu, Irina Neaga and Ali Alkhuraiji, 2016. How knowledge sharing and business process contribute to organizational performance: using the fsQCA approach. Journal of Business Research 69(11): pp. 5222-5227. 6. Uchitha Jayawickrama, Shaofeng Liu, and Melanie Hudson Smith, 2016. Empirical evidence of an integrative knowledge competence framework for ERP systems implementation in UK industries. Computers in Industry 82: 205-223. 7. A Alkhuraiji, S Liu, F Oderanti and P Megicks, 2016. New structured knowledge network for strategic decision making in IT innovative and implementable projects. Journal of Business Research 69(5): 1534- 1538. 8. P Zarate and S Liu, 2016. A new trend for knowledge-based decision support systems design. International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences 8(3): 305- 324. 9. MandićKsenija, Delibašić Boris, KneževićSnežana&BenkovićSladjan a (2017) Analysis of the efficiency of insurance companies in Serbia using the methods fuzzy AHP and TOPSIS, Economic Research- EkonomskaIstraživanja, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1331677X. 2017.1305786 10. Delibasic B, Markovic P, Delias P, Obradovic Z (2016) Mining skier transportation patterns from ski resort lift usage data, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/THMS.201 6.2633438 Book Announcements  Intelligent Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Computing. Paradigms and Applications. Editors: Sangaiah, A.K., Abraham, A., Siarry, P., Sheng, M. Springer, 2017. This unique book dicusses the latest research, innovative ideas, challenges and computational intelligence (CI) solutions in sustainable computing. It presents novel, in-depth fundamental research on achieving a sustainable lifestyle for society, either from a methodological or from an application perspective. Sustainable computing has expanded to become a significant research area covering the fields of computer science and engineering, electrical engineering and other engineering disciplines, and there has been an increase in the amount of literature on aspects sustainable computing such as energy efficiency and natural resources conservation that emphasizes the role of ICT (information and communications technology) in achieving system design and operation objectives. The energy impact/design of more efficient IT infrastructures is a key challenge in realizing new computing paradigms. The book explores the uses of computational intelligence (CI) techniques for intelligent decision support that can be exploited to create effectual computing systems, and addresses sustainability problems in computing and information processing environments and technologies at the different levels of CI paradigms. An excellent guide to surveying the state of the art in computational intelligence applied to challenging real- world problems in sustainable computing, it is intended for scientists, practitioners, researchers and academicians dealing with the new challenges and advances in area. http://www.springer.com/us/book/978331953 1526#otherversion=9783319531533  Trends in Control and Decision- Making for Human–Robot Collaboration Systems. Editors: Wang, Yue, Zhang, Fumin. Springer, 2017. This book provides an overview of recent research developments in the automation and control of robotic systems that collaborate with humans. A measure of human collaboration being necessary for the optimal operation of any robotic system, the contributors exploit a broad selection of such systems to demonstrate the importance of the subject, particularly where the environment is prone to uncertainty or complexity. They show how such human strengths as high-level decision- making, flexibility, and dexterity can be combined with robotic precision, and ability to perform task repetitively or in a dangerous environment. The book focuses on quantitative methods and control design for guaranteed robot performance and balanced human experience from both physical human-robot interaction and social human-robot interaction. Its contributions develop and expand upon material presented at various international conferences.
  10. 10. 10 Applications such as assistive technology, driverless vehicles, cooperative mobile robots, manufacturing robots and swarm robots are considered. Illustrative figures and tables are provided throughout the book. Researchers and students working in controls, and the interaction of humans and robots will learn new methods for human–robot collaboration from this book and will find the cutting edge of the subject described in depth. http://www.springer.com/us/book/97833 19405322  Decision Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (4 Volumes), Information Resources Management Association (USA), January, 2017, IGI Global. The implementation of effective decision making protocols is crucial in any organizational environment in modern society. Emerging advancements in technology and analytics have optimized uses and applications of decision making systems. Decision Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications is a compendium of the latest academic material on the control, support, usage, and strategies for implementing efficient decision making systems across a variety of industries and fields. Featuring comprehensive coverage on numerous perspectives, such as data visualization, pattern analysis, and predictive analytics, this multi-volume book is an essential reference source for researchers, academics, professionals, managers, students, and practitioners interested in the maintenance and optimization of decision management processes. http://www.igi-global.com/book/decision- management-concepts-methodologies- tools/166370#table-of-contents  Web Data Mining and the Development of Knowledge- Based Decision Support Systems. Editor: G. Sreedhar. December, 2016, IGI Global. Websites are a central part of today‘s business world; however, with the vast amount of information that constantly changes and the frequency of required updates, this can come at a high cost to modern businesses. Web Data Mining and the Development of Knowledge-Based Decision Support Systems is a key reference source on decision support systems in view of end user accessibility and identifies methods for extraction and analysis of useful information from web documents. Featuring extensive coverage across a range of relevant perspectives and topics, such as semantic web, machine learning, and expert systems, this book is ideally designed for web developers, internet users, online application developers, researchers, and faculty. http://www.igi-global.com/book/web- data-mining-development- knowledge/166924  Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to Support Healthcare Decisions. Editors: Marsh, K., Goetghebeur, M., Thokala, P., Baltussen, R. Springer, 2017. Representing the first collection on the topic, this book builds from foundations to case studies, to future prospects, providing the reader with a rich and comprehensive understanding of the use of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) in healthcare. The first section of the collection presents the foundations of MCDA as it is applied to healthcare decisions, providing guidance on the ethical and theoretical underpinnings of MCDA and how to select MCDA methods appropriate to different decision settings. Section two comprises a collection of case studies spanning the decision continuum, including portfolio development, benefit–risk assessment, health technology assessment, priority setting, resource optimisation, clinical practice and shared decision making. Section three explores future directions in the application of MCDA to healthcare and identifies opportunities for further research to support these. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/97833 19475387 Thanks to all group members who contributed to this section. EWG-DSS Events General aims of the EWG-DSS: • Encourage the exchange of information among practitioners, end- users, and researchers in the area of Decision Systems. • Enforce the networking among the DSS communities available and facilitate activities that are essential for the start-up of international cooperation research and projects. • Facilitate professional academic and industrial opportunities for its members. • Favour the development of innovative models, methods and tools in the field Decision Support and related areas. • Actively promote the interest on Decision Systems in the scientific community by organizing dedicated conferences, workshops, seminars and conference streams in major conferences, as well as editing special and contributed issues in relevant scientific journals. Following its objectives, the EWG-DSS has been organising since 2011 at least one conference/ workshop per year. With thosescientific events, our group has made a step forwards within its main purpose of establishing a platform for encouraging state-of-the-art high quality research and collaboration work within the DSS community in Europe and Worldwide. Below you find a chronological list of all places where EWG-DSS organized events up to the current year. EWG-DSS Meetings
  11. 11. 11 List of all EWG-DSS Meetings, Workshops & Conferences: . Fontainebleau (France) – 1990; . Bruges (Belgium) – 1991; .Nagycenk (Hungary) – 1992; .Sintra (Portugal) – 1993; . Turku (Finland) – 1994; . Samos (Greece) – 1995; . Ispra (Italy) – 1996; . Bruges (Belgium) – 1997; . Granada (Spain) – 1998; . Turku (Finland) – 1999; . Toulouse (France) – 2000; .Caiscas (Portugal) – 2001; . Bruges (Belgium) – 2002; . Luxembourg – 2003; . Istanbul, (Turkey) – 2003; . Prato, (Italy) – 2004; . Graz (Austria) – 2005; . London (UK) – 2006; .Reykavik (Iceland) – 2006; .Montreal (Canada) – 2007; . Prague (CzechRepublic) – 2007; . Toulouse (France) – 2008; . Bonn (Germany) – 2009; .Lisbon (Portugal) – 2010; . London (UK) – 2011; . Paris (France) – 2011. . Liverpool (UK) – 2012; . Vilnius (Lithuania) – 2012; . Thessaloniki (Greece) – 2013; . Rome (Italy) – 2013; . Toulouse (France) – 2014; . Barcelona (Spain) – 2014; . Belgrade (Serbia) – 2015; . Warsaw (Poland) – 2015; . Glasgow (UK) – 2015; . Plymouth (UK) – 2016; . Poznan (Poland) – 2016. . Namur (Belgium) – 2017; . Quebec (Canada) – 2017. Events in 2016 ICDSST 2016: EWG-DSS 2016 International Conference onDecision Support SystemTechnology. May 23 - 25th, 2016, Plymouth, UK. Main Theme: Decision Support Systems Addressing Sustainability & Societal Challenges https://icdsst2016.wordpress.com/ The ICDSST 2016 conference last year in Plymouth was a very Pleasant and successful event organized by the EWG-DSS on the theme: ―Decision Support Systems Addressing Sustainability & Societal Challenges‖, and locally managed by our Co- coordinator Prof. Shaofeng Liu and her Team from the Plymouth Graduate School of Management& Plymouth Business School, Faculty of Business, University of Plymouth, UK. Here are some highlights of the ICDSST-2016 in photos. More pictures can be found on the Conference Homepage: https://icdsst2016.wordpress.com/photo s-from-the-conference/. Shaofeng Liu, Plymouth, UK, 2016. ICDSST 2016 - Plymouth, UK. Opening Session. Photos from ICDSST 2016 - Plymouth, UK. We are very thankful to all the local organization team efforts in making the ICDSST-2016 Conference in Plymouth such an enjoyable experience! THANK YOU ALL! EURO 2016: EWG-DSS Stream on the 2016 International Conference on EURO- 2016, the 28th European Conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organised by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the Polish OR Society. July 3-5th, 2016, Poznan, Poland. Theme: Operational Research and Management Science The EURO 2016 was the 28th European Conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organized by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the Polish OR Society. The EURO 2016 took place at the Poznan University in Poznan, Poland from July 3rd to 6th, 2016. http://www.euro2016.poznan.pl/. As the organizers of the Stream of Decision Support Systems, the EWG- DSS invited researchers, practitioners, as well as students working in the areas of decision making, analysis and decision support to participate in the
  12. 12. 12 DSS Stream, which was composed of 6 sessions. Isabelle Linden & Boris Delibasic. Those sessions defined the main topics of interest in the stream: – Applications in Decision Making & Decision Analysis. – Business Intelligence and Knowledge- Based Decision Support. – Knowledge Management & Decision Systems. – DSS supported by Simulation and Optimization Approaches. – Collaborative Decision Making (Social Networks & Web Resources). – Big Data Analytics & Decision Making. The EURO2016 was highly interesting and well organized. The EWG-DSS Coordination Board was represented in Poznan by Isabelle Linden and Boris Delibasic. Events in 2017 ICDSST 2017, EWG-DSS 2017, International Conference on Decision Support System Technology. 29-31 May 2017, Namur, Belgium. Main Theme: Data, Information and Knowledge Visualisation in Decision Making The ICDSST 2017 is organized by the EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS) in co- operation with University of Namur, Belgium, during the period of 29-31 May 2017. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics, Social Sciences and Business Administration. Purpose of the ICDSST 2017 The main purpose of the EWG-DSS 2017 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2017), with its main theme on ―Data, Information and Knowledge Visualisation in Decision Making‖, is to attract researchers, developers and specialists in the related areas of decision making, including its methodologies and technologies, as well as application oriented practitioners directed to the implementation of solutions for societal challenges, to get together in order to exchange experiences and identify the key issues within the areas in focus, so that exploitation of new approaches and tools for future developments can take place. Depending on the research domain, frontiers between data, information and knowledge are not always very formaly specified. Whatever the choosen definition, one will agree on the fact that the three of them are concerned with decision, decision making and decision support ICDSST 2017 Main Theme This ICDSST 2017 will study the role, the qualities, the models and methods offered by visualisation of data, information and knowledge in the process of decision and the mechanisms of decision support. From data analysis, to knowledge sharing, going through information extraction, visualisation can offer key support to all the phases of a decision making process. In particular, in group decision, where communication is a critical aspect, an efficient visual support facilitates the process. ICDSST 2017 Specific topics of interest include (but not limited to):  Qualities of Data Visualisation  Data visualisation and Decision Making/Support  Relational Data Visualisation and Decision Making/Support  Innovative Data Visualisation, Manipulation and Interaction  Social and Network Data Visualisation  Textual Data Visualisation  Qualitative Data Visualisation  Process Visualisation  Spatio-temporal Data Visualisation and Management  Environmental Data Visualisation  Visual Information Extraction  Visual Information Navigation  Geographic Information Systems and Decision Making/Support  Health Information Visualisation  Visualisation Supporting Knowledge Extraction  Big Data Analytics  Business Intelligence  Managerial Dashboard  Knowledge Acquisition and Management  Knowledge Extraction and Visualisation  Knowledge Communication through Visualisation  Visualisation and Collaborative Decision Making  Decision Making in Modern Education All members of the EURO Working Groups related to Decision Making, Data, Information and Knowledge analysis, as well as all associates of collaborative International DSS Communities are invited to participate. We also encourage the participation of other related professionals, so that further collaboration can be promoted on a larger scale in the future. The ICDSST 2017 promises to offer a pleasant conference environment for all participants, within the beautiful city of Namur in May. Invited speakers/ Special talks in ICDSST-2017: Dr. Erica Yang Technology Division, Scientific Computing Department, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK Talk: Visualisation that underpins a new wave of visual computing
  13. 13. 13 technologies for big data analytics: methods and applications Prof. Jean-Pierre Brans Université Libre de Bruxelles Talk: Ethics and Decision Prof. Pierre Kunsch VrijeUniversiteit Brussel, Belgium Talk: Ethics and Decision Dr. Abel Coll CIMNE, Barcelona, Spain Talk:Using Big Data for extreme large scale simulations analysis and visualization IFORS 2017 EWG-DSS DSS Stream on the IFORS 2017 in Quebec City in Canada July 17-21 st , 2017 Main Theme: OR/Analytics for a better world. www.ifors2017.ca The EWG-DSS Stream on DSS - Decision Support Systems on the IFORS 2017 - The 21 st Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies – IFORS 2017, organized in Quebec City, Canada during the period of July 17 th - 21 st , 2017, More will be reported to the EWG-DSS members about the EWG- DSS Stream in due course. The EWG-DSS Coordination Board will be represented in Quebec by Shaofeng Liu and the group members: Adiel Almeida and Femi Oyemomi. Best Paper Prizes EWG-DSS Best Papers Prizes Continuing the initiative created in 2013 for the EWG-DSS Thessaloniki Workshop and repeated in the EURO Mini-Conference in Graz, and the EWG- DSS events in Toulouse, Belgrade and Plymouth, the EWG-DSS will also distribute prizes for best papers during the ICDSST 2017 in Namur in May 2017. The following licenses of DSS-area- related software packages will be sorted among the participants as prizes for best presented papers during the ICDSST-2017Conference:  A License of Analytica Enterprise, sponsored by Lumina - http://www.lumina.com/;  A full license of Paramount Decisions software (https://paramountdecisions.com/)  A full license of 1000 Minds software (https://www.1000minds.com/)  A license of ExtendSim, sponsored by Imagine That Inc., US. www.ExtendSim.com. More details about the sponsors at: https://icdsst2017.wordpress.com/sponsors/ Events in 2018 ICDSST - PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 www.icdsst2018.wordpress.com 4th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology - ICDSST 2018 & PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 22-25 May 2018 - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Main Theme: Sustainable Data-Driven & Evidence-based Decision Support with Applications to the Environment and Energy Sectors The ICDSST in 2018 is jointly organised by the Euro Working Group on Decision Support Systems EWG-DSS and the PROMETHEE DAYS Group. The joint- conference aims to provide a communication platform for scholars, researchers, developers, specialists and other professionals in the related areas of decision making and decision support, including DSS methodologies and technologies as well as application oriented solutions, to get together in order to exchange ideas, share experiences, discuss key issues, and identify future research and development directions. Additionally, users of PROMETHEE are also welcome to participate and disseminate their theoretical developments, comparative analyses or practical applications of the PROMETHEE methods. The ICDSST-PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 will focus on the role, the qualities, the models and methods offered by sustainable data-driven and evidence based Decision Support, mainly applied to Environment and Energy. On these sectors, diverse stakeholders at various governance levels seek to devise and implement sound and robust policies which mitigate environmental impacts while taking into account various parameters. Decision Support Systems can simulate different scenarios and offer solutions in modern managerial issues which are full of redundant and complex information. Such rapidly evolving situations, which engage a large number of individuals with different agendas in complicated decision making processes, require such tools for support. It is in this context that the key topics of interest include (but are not limited to): • Decision Support Modeling • Decision Support and Expert Systems in the Environment and Energy Sectors • Data Visualisation and Decision Making/Support • Environmental and Energy Data Visualisation • Geographic Information Systems • Data Science, Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence • Technical and Managerial Dashboards for Decision Support • Knowledge Acquisition, Management, Extraction and Visualisation • Collaborative Decision Making • Intelligent, Web-based, Spatial Decision Support Systems • Application Models and Systems: Agricultural, Environmental, Farming, Water Resources, Livestock, Fisheries, Warehouse, Sustainable Forest and Rangeland Management, Food Processing and Supply Chain Management • Simulation Models and Systems, Regional Planning, Logistics and Traceability • Case Studies involving any of the above issues. Contributions We welcome submissions as:
  14. 14. 14  Full Papers (deadline 30 November 2017  Short Papers (by 1 March 2017)  Posters (by 25 March 2017). Templates for Papers & Posters will be available from the conference website: www.icdsst2018.wordpress.com Publications As in previous EWG-DSS conferences, accepted papers may be published through various means, including the Conference Proceedings, the Springer book series – Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), and the Special Issues in DSS related journals. Already confirmed is the Journal Special Issue in the International Journal of Decision Support System Technology (IJDSST) for selected and extended papers presented in the conference Other Events 23 rd Americas Conference on Information Systems. AMCIS 2017: A Tradition of Innovation. Boston, MA, USA, August 10-12, 2017. AMCIS brings together academics and industry professionals around the world to exchange knowledge related to the AMCIS 2017 theme, A Tradition of Innovation. A Tradition of Innovation, reflects the conference committee‘s desire to strengthen and build consensus in existing research streams, while also taking on innovative theoretical or methodological challenges and exploring emerging technology opportunities. Together, the participants will create an exciting program that draws upon the best of SIG-driven AMCIS traditions and provides many opportunities for participation, collaboration, and dialogue. The participants look forward to gathering in Boston to strengthen their roots and expand their opportunities in information systems, the digital economy and beyond. For more details, please visit the homepage:https://amcis2017.aisnet.org/ 2017 EFITA Congress, European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector, Montpellier, France, from 2 to 6 July 2017. EFITA is the European conference dedicated to the future use of ICT in the agri-food sector, bioresource and biomass sector. It was launched and is supported by the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA) with the collaboration of the World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (WCCA). The first EFITA was held in 1997, and 2017 is the 11th of the series. Montpellier, France, had the pleasure to welcome the event already in 2001 and is most happy to do it again. 150 participants are expected form around 30 countries. The organisers will make their best to provide a nice atmosphere for knowledge sharing and thinking the future of ICT technologies within the agri-food and bioresource sectors; they also welcome proposals of related events such as project meetings and ICT demonstrations to take place within the conference schedule and facilities. Special sessions will be also be proposed. A technical tour to ICT in agriculture and territory management will be organized at the end of the conference (july 6th). For more details, please visit the homepage:http://www.efita2017.org/ 31st Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSec'17). Philadelphia, PA, USA, on July 19th - July 21st, 2017. DBSec is an annual international conference covering research in data and applications security and privacy. The 31st Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy (DBSec 2017) will be held in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The conference seeks submissions from academia, industry, and government presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of data protection, privacy, and applications security. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  access control  knowledge discovery and privacy  security and privacy in the Internet of Things  anonymity  methodologies for data and application security  security and privacy in location- based services  applied cryptography in data security  network security  security and privacy in P2P scenarios and social networks  authentication  organizational security  security and privacy in pervasive/ubiquitous computing  big data security  privacy  security and privacy policies  data and system integrity  secure cloud computing  security management  data protection  secure distributed systems  security metrics For more details, please visit the homepage:https://dbsec2017.ittc.ku.edu /?pageid=home DSAA2017 - The 4th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics. 19- 21 October 2017, Tokyo, Japan. Data driven scientific discovery is an important emerging paradigm for computing in areas including social, service, Internet of Things, sensor networks, telecommunications, biology, health-care and cloud. Under this paradigm, Data Science is the core that drives new research in many areas, from environmental to social. There are many associated scientific challenges, ranging from data capture, creation, storage, search, sharing, modeling, analysis, and visualization. We mention here the integration across heterogeneous, interdependent complex data resources for real-time decision making, streaming data, collaboration, and ultimately value co-creation among the complex aspects to be addressed. Data science encompasses the areas of data analytics, machine learning, statistics, optimization and managing
  15. 15. 15 big data, and has become essential to glean understanding from large data sets and convert data into actionable intelligence, be it the data available to enterprises, Government or on the Web. International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) started in 2014 aiming to be a flagship in the data science and analytics field. It provides a premier forum that brings together researchers, industry practitioners, as well as potential users of data science and big data analytics. It covers all data science and analytics related areas, including statistical, probabilistic and mathematical methods, machine learning, data and business analytics, data mining and knowledge discovery, infrastructure, storage, retrieval and search, privacy and security, and relevant applications, practices, tools and evaluation. DSAA‘2014 was not a fully IEEE supported conference, but was technically co-sponsored by IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) and ACM through SIGKDD. DSAA became a fully IEEE CIS supported conference from the second edition. The second IEEE DSAA‘2015 was held in Paris in 2015 which was also very successful. The third IEEE DSAA‘2016 is planned in Montreal. They continue to be technically sponsored by ACM. IEEE DSAA‘2017 will consist of two main Tracks: Research and Application; the Research Track is aimed at collecting contributions related to theoretical foundations of Data Science and Data Analytics. The Application Track is aimed at collecting contributions related to applications of Data Science and Data Analytics in real life scenarios. DSAA‘2017 solicits then both theoretical and practical works on data science and advanced analytics. It also inherits the unique features of past successful DSAA, that is the Trends & Controversies session where visionary speakers are invited to outline different insights and views about today and future of data science and advanced analytics, and the Special sessions which replace the traditional workshop and encourage submission of research on emerging topics. DSAA‘2017 is also featured by a panel session where invited are internationally well recognized researchers to discuss challenges and important selected topics. For more details, please visit the homepage:http://www.dslab.it.aoyama.a c.jp/dsaa2017/ 17 th International Conference on Computational Science and applications (ICCSA 2017), July 3 - 6, 2017, Trieste, Italy. ICCSA 2017 is the next event in a series of highly successful International Conferences on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA). The first ICCSA conference was co-organized by C.J.K. Tan (UK) and M. Gavrilova (U of Calgary, Canada) in 2003. Computational Science is a main pillar of most of the present research, industrial and commercial activities and plays a unique role in exploiting Information and Communication Technologies as innovative technologies. The ICCSA Conference offers a real opportunity to discuss new issues, tackle complex problems and find advanced enabling solutions able to shape new trends in Computational Science. Submitted papers will be subject to stringent peer review by at least three experts and carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. For more details, please visit the homepage: http://www.iccsa.org/ First International Conference on Agro BigData and Decision Support Systems in Agriculture. 27-29 Sep 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay. The BigDSSAgro conference is devoted to decision support systems in agriculture, which combine models, databases and algorithms to support many real-world decision-making problems. The access to cheap sensor technology, drones, climate data and forecasts, satellite information about soils, humidity and more is provoking a revolution with the irruption of Big Data and opening the door to the development and application of novel optimization and simulation models in Agriculture and the Agri-food industries. The main question to solve is how to transform the huge amount of data into useful information to decision-makers. Current applications cover a wide range of different areas, from food production or animal welfare to sustainability or climate change impact; and they are expected to still increase in future. The scope of the conference includes findings on established andnew Operations Research, Big Data and Analytics methods ineffective decision- making applications in Agriculture and in the Agri-food industry, including their supply chain, and also problems in Forestry and in Environment studies. Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:  Operational research methods relevant to agriculture, forestry and environment  Sustainability indicators in agriculture and environment  Modelling sensor based data to get useful information  Big Data techniques with potential applications in agriculture  Optimization and simulation models, including agent based simulation  Decision support tools based on Big Data and Operational research techniques  Decision support tools based on GIS and their implications with Big Data  Economic aspects of adoption of Big Data analytics  Applications of the above mentioned methods in the various settings. For more details, please visit the homepage:http://www.bigdssagro.udl.ca t/?q=node/75&language=en The International Conference on Operational Research for Development 2017 (ICORD 2017) July 13-14, 2017. Québec, Canada in conjunction with the IFORS Triennial Meeting (http://ifors2017.ca) . The International Conference on OR for Development (ICORD) aims to bring together researchers from around the world to present and discuss models and methods to overcome issues faced by developing countries. Eleven ICORDs have taken place since 1992 in countries across Asia, South America, Africa and Europe (http://ifors.org/icord- history/) with the latest one held in México City in 2016. In 2017, the ICORD will be held immediately prior to the IFORS Triennial conference in Quebec. In the past seven years as in this year, the EURO Working Group on OR for Development (EWG ORD) has been a co-organizer of the ICORD. For more details, please visit the homepage:http://ifors.org/icord2017/
  16. 16. 16 21 st Pacific-Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2017). “Societal Transformation Through IS/IT”. 16-20 July, 2017, Langkawi island, Malaysia. The Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) is a premier information systems conference in the Asia Pacific region and is affiliated with the Association for Information Systems (AIS) since its inception in 1993. PACIS serves to provide a platform for Information Systems and Information Technology academics and professionals to share their research findings, ideas and practices in a high quality annual forum. PACIS 2017 which will be the 21st conference, will be held in Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Malaysia. This will be the second time PACIS will be located in Malaysia after the 10th PACIS was successfully held in Kuala Lumpur in 2006. The 3-day conference will be preceded by a doctoral consortium, workshops and relevant meetings. PACIS 2017 will be organized by the Malaysia Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MyAIS) and the local host is the Department of Information Systems, School of Computing (SOC), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). UUM is a specialized university focusing on management education and is widely recognized as the eminent management university in Malaysia. UUM also acts as a catalyst for socio-economic development in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia. It is envisaged that the university‘s basic infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and the local and international pool of human resources will provide the much needed impetus to develop and sustain most, if not all socio-economic activities in the region. MyAIS is the Malaysian Chapter of Association for Information Systems. The Malaysian AIS chapter (MyAIS) was initially established in 2009 by academics from UniversitiTeknologi Malaysia (UTM) and International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). The first activity conducted by MyAIS was the International Conference on Research and Innovation in Information Systems, which has been successfully organized biennially for four times. The 5th ICRIIS will be organized as a sister conference of PACIS 2017 at Adya Hotel Langkawi on 16th to 17th July 2017. For more details, please visit the homepage: www.pacis2017.org EWG-DSS Collab-Net Project: Online Version Can you help? The EWG-DSS Collaboration Academic Social Network Project (Collab-Net) targets mainly to disseminate research being conducted by members of the group. The development of the EWG-DSS Collab-Net project counts with efforts of the EWG-DSS Coordination Board team and with the support of researchers from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, under the supervision of Adiel Almeida and Ana Paula Costa, from the University of Macedonia in Greece, under the supervision of Jason Papathanasiou; and the University of Namur in Belgium, under the supervision of Isabelle Linden. We are very grateful to all the involved persons in this project cooperation. Currenty, we are developing the online version for the EWG-DSS Membership and publications/ collaborations database and network. A technical report about the current version (3) of the Collab-Net project was recently published by IRIT (Jadielson Moura; Ana Paula Cabral; Fatima Dargam; Isabelle Linden; Pascale Zaraté. EWG- DSS Collab-Net Project Version 3, IRIT/RR--2016--06—FR, IRIT Tech. Report, France, 2016).A poster about the project Collab-Net in its version 3 was presented in the ICDSST2016, in Plymouth, UK. http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss/icdsst -2016-postercollabnet-60168735. More details about the Collab-Net Version 3 can be checked in its domain:http://www.collab-net.com/. We need volunteers from the EWG- DSS to support us on this project! Please contact us if you think yoiu can help! Details about the Collab-Net Project can be read in the link below and in the papers published about it, listed in the Publications of the EWG-DSS group. Link: http://ewgdss.wordpress.com/ewg-dss- net/ News about Members Research Collaboration among EWG-DSS Members Fátima Dargam, founding member of the EWG-DSS and member of the Coordination Board since 2007, has started in 2016 to collaborate with a consulting company dedicated to the Development, Management, Proposal Preparation and Dissemination of International Projects. The company is called REACH Consultancy and is based in Graz, Austria. Check it out! REACH is one of the sponsors of the ICDSST2017 - The 3rd EWG-DSS International Conference of Decision Support System Technology, in Namur, Belgium, in the period of May 29-31, 2017.
  17. 17. 17 During the conference REACH will draw a prize among the participants for a Coaching Consulting Session on EU Funding, Program & Calls for Projects. Do not miss the ICDSST-2017 Conference and be a candidate for REACH's prize! REACH Consultancy Riesstr. 120, A-8010 Graz, Austria URL: www.reach-consultancy.eu Email: office@reach-consultancy.eu Tel.: +43 (0)677 62182475 Fax: +43 (0)316 38627815 Other Announcements Experience & Competence EWG-DSS Members- InstitutionsResearch &Development Competences for Collaboration in European Projects The EWG-DSS has Experience in Research and Development in: Decision Support Systems Applications in various Real & Global Scenarios; Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), including Dynamic Decision Making Models; Negotiation Support Systems, including distributed, web-based systems; Knowledge Management & Resource, Discovery for Decision Making (DM); and Innovative DM Methods, Technologies and Real-Industry Applications; among others. In the document linked below, https://ewgdss.files.wordpress.com/201 5/01/competences-of-ewg-dss- members.pdf, you find a summary of some EWG-DSS Members-Institutions about their experience and competence in research and development for projects‘ collaboration. For more details about this, check: https://ewgdss.wordpress.com/experien ce-competence/ . The EWG-DSS is very grateful to all group members who sent contributions to this Newsletter. Disclaimer The EWG-DSS organizes its meetings, conferences and workshops, counting with the annual EUROfinancial support and with the respective participation fees to cover the events‘ expenses. The EWG-DSS makes no profit with its conferences and meetings. If you wish to financially support further events of the EWG-DSS, you are very welcome to make a donation directly to the EWG-DSS bank account below. Steiermärkische Bank &. Sparkasse Ragnitzstraße 177, 8047 Graz, Austria Bank Nr.: 20815 Account Nr.: 00004-521076 Account Holder: EWG-DSS EURO Working Group DSS IBAN: AT022081500004521076 BIC: STSPAT2GXXX. Contribution to next Newsletters Every member is very welcome to contribute to theEWG-DSS annual Newsletters. Subjects can be related to:  Project Descriptions  Recent Publications  PhD Dissertations  Book Presentations / Reviews  Research Group Presentations  Research Views & Perspectives  Journal Announcements – CfP  Forthcoming Events  General Announcements Contributions should be sent to the email address ewg-dss@fccdp.com with the subject: “Newsletter”.

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