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EWG-DSS Newsletter No. 16, Year 2017 / 2018
EWG-DSS Newsletter
Newsletter of the EURO Working
Group on Decision Support System
In this Issue
Editorial........................................ 1
New Board Member..................... 2
EWG-DSS Members .................... 2
EWG-DSS Management Struct... 2
EWG-DSS Channels.................... 3
Interview ...................................... 3
Obituary ....................................... 5
EWG-DSS Award......................... 6
Publications................................. 6
EWG-DSS Events ........................ 8
EWG-DSS Meetings .................... 8
Events in 2017............................. 9
Events in 2018........................... 11
Upcoming Events 2019/2020.... 12
Other Events.............................. 14
EWG-DSS Collab-Net Project... 16
Research Projects..................... 16
News about Members……......…17
Other Announcements ............. 18
Editorial Board
The Newsletter of the EURO WG on
Decision Support Systems is
annually edited by its current
Coordination Board Members:
Pascale Zaraté; Fátima Dargam;
Boris Delibasic; Shaofeng Liu;
Isabelle Linden; Pavlos Delias and
Jason Papathanasiou.
The current issue Nr.16 of the
Newsletter had as leading editor
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!
We have come to this exciting time of the year to share with you all the
fruitful events and encouraging news that have happened in the society
over the last twelve months.
First of all, we would like to thank all of you for your consistent support.
Your proactive engagement and participation is crucial to the society’s
every success. Because of your support and involvement, the society has
made significant achievements over the last twelve months and we are on a
steady path to growing and flourishing.
First and foremost, the EWG-DSS has consolidated its management and
leadership with a brand new, three dimension structure, comprising a Co-
ordination Board, an Advisory Board and an Assistant Board. The Co-
ordination Board has been strengthened with one new member: Dr Pavlos
Delias. The Advisory Board is chaired by former Coordination Board
member, Professor Rita Ribeiro. The new Assistant Board brings in fresh
blood with four members: Dr. Daouda Kamissoko, Dr. Oluwafemi Oyemomi,
Mr. Sandro Radovanovic and Ms. Giota Digkoglou.
During the past year, we have successfully organised a series of influential
events. The ICDSS 2017 conference held in Namur, Belgium between 23-
25 May 2017 was a great success. The conference continuously attracted a
record number of high quality papers and attendances, with a significant
number of colleagues from PROMETHEE community. The gathering of two
societies at one event gave us the perfect opportunity to strengthen the
collaboration between us, which directly led to the joint event organisation
for ICDSST 2018-PROMETHEE Days to take place in Crete, Greece this
year. As usual, we also worked with other societies and organised various
sessions in IFORS 2017 and GDSS 2017 conferences. A great number of
journal Special Issues and book series have been published with majority of
majority of contributing papers came from EWG-DSS members. Check
details about all those events and activities in this Newsletter issue.
Hopefully, this Newsletter provides an overall picture of our focused work
during the last year. We hope you enjoy reading the news and look forward
to your contribution to our events in the next stage and sharing your
wonderful stories and news with us. By working together, the whole society
continues to grow and prosper into the long term future! A big Thank You
from the Coordination Board!
Enjoy your reading!
EWG-DSS Coordination Board. Photo taken in Namur during the ICDSST 2017.
Pavlos Delias, Boris Delibasic, Jason Papathanasiou, Isabelle Linden,
Pascale Zaraté,Shaofeng Liu, and Fatima Dargam.
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New Board Member
Pavlos Delias
Coordination Board Member
https://ewgdss.wordpress.com/coordinators/
“Ever since I was a student I viewed
EURO and its working groups with
great appreciation and reverence.
After my appointment as a tenured
faculty member, I was able to attend
more regularly their activities, so
every year, since 2013, I was eager to
attend the EWG-DSS meetings. It was
a great pleasure to meet every year
the active and friendly community of
the group, and to join them in the
plethora of activities they pursued. It
was with equal pleasure and
excitement that I welcomed the
invitation to join the Coordination
Board. I feel honored to be able to
serve the community side by side
with prestigious, hard-working
partners who are building this
community for thirty years. I just
hope to rise to the occasion and
support the group in radiating the
same appreciation and reverence to
scholars and practitioners of DSS!”
Pavlos Delias is an Associate
Professor in Management and
Management Information Systems at
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute
of Technology (formerly TEI of Kavala)
(http://www.teiemt.gr), Department of
Accounting and Finance (e-mail:
pdelias@teiemt.gr). He holds a jointly
supervised PhD (September 2009) in
Informatics from both Technical
University of Crete and University Paris
Dauphine, under a cotutelle agreement.
His PhD Thesis was on Agent-based
Workflow Management. Pavlos Delias
received the Diploma and M.Sc. from
the Department of Production
Engineering and Management,
Technical University of Crete, in 2002,
and 2005, respectively.
Pavlos Delias has taught in several
universities (national as well as
international), he is a visiting Professor
at Université Paris Dauphine, and a
dissertation mentor for the University of
Liverpool. He has contributed to
numerous projects as a research
associate, focusing on applying the
principles of business analytics and
operational research to information
systems design and use. He has also
published several scientific articles in
journals and conference proceedings.
His research interests are in the areas
of business process analytics, business
analytics and operational research, and
multiple criteria analysis.
EWG-DSS Members
The EWG-DSS has currently over 300
officially registered members, 318
members in its LinkedIn group, and 122
followers in Twitter.
The EWG-DSS membership has
substantially grown since its creation in
1989 (with 24 members). 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.
If you are a member, you can check the
EWG-DSS list of members and their
research interaction via your login in the
IRIT server (using option Review
Members). Alternatively, an updated list
of registered members can be sent to
you, by request (mail to: ewg-
dss@fccdp.com).
EWG-DSS complies with the terms of
the data protection legislation in force in
the European Union (the General Data
Protection Regulation GDPR). If you, as
a member of the EWG-DSS, do not
wish to have your name and affiliation
listed in the ―list of Members‖ that may
be distributed to other members on
request, please contact the EWG-DSS
Coordinators and opt out of the list
officially via E-mail.
EWG-DSS
Management Structure
The EWG-DSS management structure
includes a Coordination Board (EWG-
DSS Coordinators & Executive Board),
an Advisory Board (AB), a Board of
Assistants, and two teams formed by
the group members who collaborate
with EWG-DSS joint editions and
research projects, namely: the ET
Editorial Team and the SCT Scientific
Collaboration Team. The ET is
composed of researchers that have
guest-edited Journal Special Issues and
Springer Books with the CB. The SCT
includes researchers who are involved
with the EWG-DSS research projects
and initiatives, like for instance the
Collab_Net Project.
Board and Team members can be in
more than one of the groups of the
EWG-DSS Management Structure. See
figure below. However, the members of
the Coordination Board are not
members of the Advisory Board, and
vice-versa.
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.
Current EWG-DSS BA Members
Find below the list of the Board of
Assistants that currently collaborate with
the EWG-DSS CB.
EWG-DSS Board of Assistants (BA):
Dr. Daouda Kamissoko
Ecoles des Mines d'Albi Carmaux
Albi, Midi-Pyrénées, France
daouda.kamissoko@mines-albi.fr
Dr. Oluwafemi Oyemomi
Northumbria University, UK
oluwafemi.oyemomi@northumbria.ac.uk
Mr Sandro Radovanovic
University of Belgrade, Serbia
sandro.radovanovic@fon.bg.ac.rs
Ms. Panagiota (Giota) Digkoglou
University of Macedonia, Greece
giotadigkoglou@outlook.com
The EWG-DSS Advisory Board
The AB includes experienced long-term
members and researchers of the EWG-
DSS 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
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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.
Current EWG-DSS AB Members:
Advisory Board Chair (AB Chair):
Prof. Rita Ribeiro
(e-mail: rar@uninova.pt)
UNINOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal
Advisory Board Members:
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
Prof. D. Marc Kilgour
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Dr. Jorge Hernández
University of Liverpool, UK
To contact the EWG-DSS Advisory
Board, send an e-mail to the AB Chair.
EWG-DSS Channels
“Our communication channels are
our main tools to cooperate!”
The EWG-DSS communication
channels facilitate the interaction among
the working group members and
between the Coordination Board and all
members.
EWG-DSS Mailing Options:
EWG-DSS E-mail:
ewg-dss@fccdp.com
This e-mail address put you in contact
with all current EWG-DSS Coordination
Board Members at the same time.
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.
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
website is the DSS Working Group’s
official homepage. There you find a
summary of the detailed information you
find in the EWG-DSS Blog and the links
to the DSS organized 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 318 members. This group is
open to all Linked-In users. There you
find briefings of the EWG-DSS activities,
discussions of related topics, job
opportunities and other announcements,
like conferences calls for participation,
Journals calls for papers, etc.
You are very welcome to post your
announcements in the EWG-DSS
LinkedIn Group. If you like networking
and you wish to make your
announcements more visible to a wider
and selective audience, you should take
advantage of our group in this platform!
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 of the group.
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
Since 2014 the EWG-DSS Twitter
account 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. The EWG-DSS Twitter
account is also used to post pertinent
information about our ICT areas of
research. Follow us on Twitter
(@EWGDSS) to get breaking news of
our activities within the DSS
communities in Europe and Worldwide!
EWG-DSS New Homepage @EURO
In 2018 the EWG-DSS started its
migration from the EWG-DSS
homepage in Wordpress to a homepage
in the EURO platform, as already many
other Working Goups already have. This
homepage is currently under
construction, considering new content
structure and graphic illustrations as
well. The EWG-DSS is grateful for the
support promised from EURO for the
work effort involved in this migration
task. Stay tuned and you will be
informed about our launching of the new
EWG-DSS Homepage by the end of
2018!
Interview
Prof. D. Marc Kilgour
Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics Department, Wilfrid
Laurier University, Canada
Email: mkilgour@wlu.ca
Homepage:
https://wlu.ca/academics/faculties/facult
y-of-science/faculty-profiles/d-marc-
kilgour/index.html
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EWG-DSS: Dear Marc, thank you very
much for agreeing to give us this
interview. First, let us know a few things
about your background.
MK: All of my higher education was at
University of Toronto. My undergraduate
program was Engineering Science,
Physics Option. By the time I finished
that degree, the field that interested me
the most was Mathematics. I took a
Masters degree in Applied Mathematics,
and then continued to a PhD in
Mathematics. My thesis topic was in
Game Theory.
The supervisor of my doctorate was
Anatol Rapoport, an interesting man
and an important influence with a highly
interdisciplinary perspective. He had
been a concert pianist before taking his
doctorate in Mathematics. At Toronto,
he held appointments in both
Mathematics and Psychology, but he
was also well known in other fields
including Biology, Philosophy, and (as it
is now called) Peace Science. Perhaps
it is not surprising that, as I was working
on my doctorate, I concluded that I was
in fact most interested in social
sciences.
My PhD was complete in 1973, and I
managed to find an academic position in
the Mathematics Department of Wilfrid
Laurier University, where I remain to this
day. Within about 10 years, I met and
began working with Steven Brams, a
political scientist at New York University,
and Keith Hipel, a systems engineer at
University of Waterloo. Since 1984, I
have held an adjunct position at UW,
which is about a kilometer away from
Laurier. The net effect of my
background and my collaborations is
that I have a broadly interdisciplinary
record. In fact, I have contributed in
mathematics, engineering, and social
science – all of the areas that interested
me as a student.
EWG-DSS: We at EWG-DSS think of
you in connection with Group Decision
and Negotiation. Please tell us about
your history with that organization.
MK: Melvin F. Shakun founded the
Group Decision and Negotiation Section
of INFORMS, the Institute for
Operations Research and Management
Science, in 1989. The journal Group
Decision and Negotiation started in
1992. Mel Shakun was President of the
GDN section, and Editor-in-Chief of the
journal, until very recently. The GDN
journal is not an INFORMS journal, but
is ―affiliated‖ with INFORMS and its
GDN section, and has always been
published by Springer.
I must have met Mel sometime in the
1980s, but I cannot remember exactly
when or where. I think that I have
always been on the Editorial Board of
the GDN journal. The first time that I did
any serious organizational work for the
GDN section was as organizer of the
GDN track (about 25 papers) at the
INFORMS meeting in Montreal in 1998.
Subsequently Mel asked Fran
Ackermann and me to be Program
Chairs for a meeting he was organizing
in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. GDN 2000
was a great success, and kicked off the
sequence of GDN meetings that have
been held annually ever since.
GDN meetings have taken place in
Europe (11), North America (4), South
America (1), and Australia (1). This
year’s meeting will take place in China,
adding another continent to our list. I
believe that I am the only person to
have attended every one of the GDN
meetings. I have had many
organizational responsibilities, including
Program Chair (or Co-Chair) four times,
Co-General Chair five times, and – for
the first time, at GDN 2018 – Honorary
Chair.
In addition to activity in the GDN
meetings, I have always been active in
the GDN Section. Among other
responsibilities, I was Vice-President
from 2007 to 2014. After Mel Shakun
stepped down, I became President of
the GDN Section, from 2014 to 2017. Of
course, I still attend GDN Board
Meetings as Past-President. I was
honoured to receive the GDN
Outstanding Service Award at GDN
2017 in Stuttgart.
I have another connection with GDN as
well. In 2005, Mel Shakun suggested
that it was time for a Handbook of
Group Decision and Negotiation. The
Handbook, that I edited with Colin Eden,
was finally published in 2010, with the
first copies available at GDN 2010 in
Delft. It organizes the field, as of 2010,
into 26 chapters totalling about 450
pages. Our Handbook has been quite
successful, especially via downloads,
and
Springer recently contacted Colin and
me about a second edition of the
Handbook. We are currently organizing
a formal proposal.
EWG-DSS: How is it that you came into
contact with EWG-DSS?
MK: The first contact was really with
Pascale Zaraté. She attended some
GDN meetings, and was invited to give
a plenary at GDN 2012 in Recife
(Brazil). That was the first time that I
talked to her at length, and she and I
have worked together, off and on, since
then.
Subsequently, Pascale was Program
Chair of GDN 2014 in Toulouse. The
GDN meeting was co-located with the
EWG-DSS meeting, and there was
considerable overlap. It was in Toulouse
that I met many of the regulars of EWG-
DSS.
Subsequent to Toulouse, I have
attended three EWG-DSS meetings, in
Plymouth, Belgrade, and Namur. In fact,
the first two of those meetings were
relatively convenient for me as they
occurred while I was visiting in
Toulouse. In 2017, I managed to include
a trip to EWG-DSS during a shorter visit
to Vienna. I regret that other
commitments are going to prevent me
from attending the 2018 meeting.
I have very much enjoyed participating
in the EWG-DSS meetings, and have
always learned something interesting. I
have appreciated the perspective of the
EWG-DSS Board, which I joined in
2016. I look forward to more contact in
the future.
EWG-DSS: What do you see as the
connection between GDN and Decision
Support Systems?
MK: We describe Group Decision and
Negotiation as the empirical, formal,
computational, and strategic analysis of
group decision-making and negotiation,
especially from the viewpoints of
Management Science and Operations
Research. The topic crosses many
traditional disciplinary boundaries. It has
connections to business administration
and business strategy, management
science, systems engineering, computer
science, mathematics, and law, as well
as economics, psychology, and other
social sciences.
Decision Support Systems arise in GDN
in both group decision support and
negotiation support. Group support
systems, usually designed to help a
group formulate ideas, develop or
understand its preferences, and make
choices, have received much attention
in the field. Support for various forms of
meeting would be included in this
category. Negotiation support is similar,
but is usually designed to aid a specific
individual, who is not obligated to join in
a group decision.
You can see how specialized group
support systems are a big part of GDN.
EWG-DSS: You have told us a great
deal about conferences and academic
organizations. Please tell us something
about your academic work. How does it
relate to GDN and EWG-DSS?
MK: My doctorate is in mathematical
game theory. In fact, I like to tell people
that I am an applied mathematician, and
that my applications are in social
science and not natural science.
One of my research topics is the Graph
Model for Conflict Resolution, first
developed in the 1980s with Keith Hipel
and Liping Fang. My colleagues wanted
a model like a non-cooperative game,
but with simpler preferences, no strong
rationality assumptions, and no mixed
strategies. We were inspired by Howard
Raiffa, who said that ―for a long time, I
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found the assumptions made in
standard game theory too restrictive for
it to have wide applicability.‖ The graph
model has proven to be widely
applicable, especially to political-social-
technical-environmental interactions.
Over 100 published papers apply it, and
one of the decision support systems that
implements it, GMCR II, has over 75
registered users around the world.
A graph model consists of a finite set of
decision-makers (DMs) and a finite set
of states. Each DM has a preference
ordering over the states (as outcomes of
the interaction), and controls some
state-to-state transitions, recorded as
the DM’s directed graph. A graph model
begins at a status quo state and ends
when the DMs either cannot move the
conflict from its current state, or choose
not to. A stability definition is a model of
a DM’s decision whether to move away
from a state; there are seven different
definitions in regular use. A state is
unstable for a DM who would choose to
move away from it, and stable
otherwise. A state stable for all DMs is
an equilibrium, and is a natural
prediction of a possible outcome.
We are still exploring the implications of
the graph model structure, as well as
using it to model and understand
situations of strategic conflict. For
example, we have recently been
thinking about hierarchical graph
models, in which we embed smaller
graph models inside larger ones and
study how the structure changes the
stability.
GDN also included the analysis of group
decision situations – for example, what
would a good choice look like? This
description fits another of my research
area of mine: fair division procedures.
Consider a few people who are sharing
a non-homogeneous cake (so that
different people have different
preferences over different pieces). The
idea is to let the individuals make
choices according to their own
preferences, but to find a set-up in
which each individual ends up with a
piece (or pieces) of cake that he or she
prefers to what others receive. While
this line of research may not seem close
to Decision Support, the complexity of
some procedures for large, complicated
―cakes‖ creates a need for
computational assistance.
One of my research themes that is a
little further from Decision Support is the
analysis of rules governing behaviour.
One specific example – clearly
applicable to group decisions – is voting
and the design of elections. Many
complex forms of election are easy to
conduct these days, but good ballots,
and good procedures for counting them,
are either hard to find or hard to
understand. Moreover, badly chosen
voting procedures often have
unintended consequences. I am
studying both single-winner and multi-
winner elections, especially those in
which the set of candidates has some
structure.
In fact, I have been involved in many
research projects, including many that
do not fit into the summaries I just gave.
Many of them are still on the go.
Looking back, I feel that I have been
fortunate to be able to pursue my
interests, often in widely divergent
areas. As a result, I do not have much
disciplinary loyalty, and am always on
the lookout for relevant problems that I
can address. Of course, I have not
always been successful, but, on
balance, I am happy with the academic
career I have had.
EWG-DSS: Marc, we sincerely thank
you very much for this informative and
enjoyable interview! It was a pleasure to
learn about your research and your
other contributions.
Good Luck with all your endeavours.
We at EWG-DSS hope to continue to
collaborate with you and to see you
at our conferences and meetings!
Obituary
Bernard Roy
1934-2017
Bernard Roy
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was born in 1934 (March)
at Moulins (Allier) in the centre of
France. He graduated in Mathematics in
1954 from (at that time unified)
Université de Paris. He then obtained a
postgraduate degree in Applied
Mathematics in 1957 from the ―Institut
de Statistiques de l’Université de Paris‖.
This was followed by a PhD in Graph
Theory, supervised by Claude Berge, in
1961.
Already in 1957 Bernard Roy, just
married to Françoise, started working,
first for the CNRS and then for a newly
established consulting company which,
in turn, would become SEMA METRA
International, a highly successful
company and among the first to
introduce at European level the use of
Operational Research and Management
Science in real world problems. In 1962
SEMA METRA created a Scientific
Division, directed by Bernard Roy, who
was in charge of developing methods
and tools for the consulting activity of
the company. Many acclaimed
Operational Researchers had the
opportunity to come to know OR
through the activities of this division and
the quarterly journal ―Revue Scientifique
de SEMA METRA‖ (whose editor in
chief was Bernard) published between
1964 and 1977 and one of the most
innovative journals in OR in Europe.
Bernard’s interest in Multiple Criteria
Decision Analysis started during this
period.
In 1972 Bernard left SEMA joining the
newly established ―Université Paris
Dauphine‖, where he became full
professor in 1974. In the same year he
established a research centre which is
known as LAMSADE, as well as one of
the first Masters Degrees in France in
Operational Research and Management
Science, both of them being active
today and internationally recognised.
Bernard retired in 2001 turning to
emeritus, but until his very last days has
been very active in research and
consulting. During these years Bernard
trained PhD students, many of whom
are among the most prominent OR
researchers in Europe today.
Bernard Roy’s contributions in
Operational Research started from
scheduling theory where he contributed
(in the early 60s) one of the most
original methods based on an ―activity
on node‖ formulation. Later on he
contributed to graph theory with several
outstanding results summarised in a
two-volume book, still reputed today as
fundamental in this area. However,
Bernard is now internationally
recognised as being the founder of a
distinguished school in Multiple Criteria
Decision Analysis based on a
constructivist approach to problem
structuring and formulation as well as
for creating a series of Multiple Criteria
Decision Aiding Methods, named
outranking methods, using concepts
and tools from social choice theory and
graph theory.
In 1975 Bernard Roy created the EURO
MCDA working group, within the just
established Association of European
Operational Research Societies. The
group have met regularly since then,
every six months, (the last meeting, the
86th, took place in Paris last October)
creating one of the most enduring
scientific contributions in OR.
Bernard has been President of AFCET
(as was named the French society
representing OR at that time) in 1976-78
as well as Honorary President of
ROADEF (the French OR society). He
has been president of EURO in the
years 1985-86. He received the EURO
Gold Medal in 1992 and the
International MCDM Society Gold Medal
in 1995 as well as the EURO
Distinguished Service Medal in 2015.
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He has been received as Docteur
Honoris Causa in six Universities (VUB,
Liège, Fribourg, Pozna´n, Laval and
Crete).
Bernard Roy already started having
visual impairment problems as a child.
This problem never being solved turned
him almost blind as a young man and
ultimately completely blind, while he
remained fully active in science. This did
not impede Bernard in pursuing his
astonishing scientific career, but he was
also able to establish a happy family, to
be a wine enthusiast and to travel all
around the world. He lost his beloved
Françoise in 2015, but he is survived by
four children and many grandchildren.
Bernard leaves behind him an immense
scientific and human legacy: a legacy to
be continued by the tens of scholars
trained by him and the hundreds of
researchers and practitioners who have
been influenced by his original vision of
Operational Research Theory and
Practice.
Paris 29/10/2017
Alexis Tsoukiàs
LAMSADE, France
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This text is essentially based upon an
extended article which appeared in 2011:
Denis Bouyssou & Daniel Vanderpooten,
Bernard Roy, pp. 753–773, in Profiles in
Operations Research: Pioneers and
Innovators, A. A. Assad & S. I. Gass (Eds.),
Springer, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4419-6280-5
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.
Winner of the 2017-Award:
Marta Dell’Ovo has been awarded the
EURO Working Group on Decision
Support Systems EWG-DSS 2017
Young Researcher of the Year award
with the paper ―Multicriteria decision
making for healthcare facilities location
with visualization based on FITradeoff
method‖ presented during the EWG-
DSS 2017 International Conference
on Decision Support System
Technology in Namur, Belgium, May 29
– 31, 2017. We sincerely congratulate
Marta!
The official award ceremony will be held
at the 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.
EWG-DSS 2018-Award
The EWG-DSS 2018 Award will be
given to the best paper or most
innovative presented work, among the
research work submitted to the 2018
EWG-DSS organized scientific events,
namely the ICDSST – PROMETHEE
DAYS 2018 in Heraklion, Greece. You
will be informed about the winner before
the end of 2018.
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.
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/
Next EWG-DSS Award in 2019
The “EWG-DSS Award 2019″ can be
yours! Participate in the ICDSST2019!
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
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
 Decision Support Systems VIII:
Sustainable Data-Driven and
Evidence-Based Decision Support
4th International Conference, ICDSST
2018, Heraklion, Greece, May 22–25,
2018, Proceedings
Editors: F. Dargam, P. Delias, I.
Linden, B. Mareschal.
This book constitutes the proceedings of
the 4th International Conference on
Decision Support Systems, ICDSST
2018, held in Heraklion, Greece, in May
2018. The main topic of this year’s
conference was ―Sustainable Data-
Driven and Evidence Based Decision
Support‖. The 15 papers presented in
this volume were carefully reviewed and
selected from 71 submissions. They
were organized in topical sections
named: decision support systems for a
sustainable society; decision support
systems serving the public; decision
support systems in management and
organization; and advances in decision
support systems’ technologies and
methods.
The EWG-DSS series of International
Conference on Decision Support
System Technology (ICDSST), starting
with ICDSST 2015 in Belgrade, were
planned to consolidate the tradition of
annual events organized by the EWG-
DSS in offering a platform for European
and international DSS communities,
comprising the academic and industrial
sectors, to present state-of-the-art DSS
research and developments, to discuss
current challenges that surround
decision-making processes, to
exchange ideas about realistic and
innovative solutions, and to co-develop
potential business opportunities.
https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783
319903149
 Multiple Criteria Decision Aid:
Methods, Examples and Python
Implementations
Authors: Jason Papathanasiou and
Nikolaos Ploskas
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To be published in 2018 by Springer
Multiple criteria decision aid (MCDA)
methods are illustrated in this book
through theoretical and computational
techniques utilizing Python. Existing
methods are presented in detail with a
step by step learning approach.
Theoretical background is given for
TOPSIS, VIKOR, PROMETHEE, SIR,
AHP, goal programming, and their
variations. Comprehensive numerical
examples are also discussed for each
method in conjunction with easy to
follow Python code. Extensions to
multiple criteria decision making
algorithms such as fuzzy number theory
and group decision making are
introduced and implemented through
Python as well. Readers will learn how
to implement and use each method
based on the problem, the available
data, the stakeholders involved, and the
various requirements needed. Focusing
on the practical aspects of the multiple
criteria decision making methodologies,
this book is designed for researchers,
practitioners and advanced graduate
students in the applied mathematics,
information systems, operations
research and business administration
disciplines, as well as other engineers
and scientists oriented in
interdisciplinary research.
Members’ Recent Publications
 Claudia Loebbecke, Arnold Picot.
Reflections on societal and
business model transformation
arising from digitization and big
data analytics: A research agenda.
The Journal of Strategic Information
Systems, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2015,
Pages 149-157. (The paper was the
most cited JSIS paper in 2017)
Book Announcements
 Exploring Intelligent Decision
Support Systems Current State and
New Trends. Editors: R. Valencia-
García, M.A. Paredes-Valverde,
M.d.P. Salas-Zárate, G. Alor-
Hernández. Springer, 2018.
This book presents innovative and
high-quality research regarding
advanced decision support systems
(DSSs). It describes the foundations,
methods, methodologies, models,
tools, and techniques for designing,
developing, implementing and
evaluating advanced DSSs in different
fields, including finance, health,
emergency management, industry and
pollution control.
Decision support systems employ
artificial intelligence methods to
heuristically address problems that are
cannot be solved using formal
techniques. In this context, technologies
such as the Semantic Web, linked data,
big data, and machine learning are
being applied to provide integrated
support for individuals and organizations
to make more rational decisions. The
book is organized into two parts. The
first part covers decision support
systems for industry, while the second
part presents case studies related to
clinical emergency management and
pollution control.
https://www.springer.com/la/book/97833
19740010
 Practical Decision Making using
Super Decisions v3. An
Introduction to the Analytic
Hierarchy Process. Authors:
Enrique Mu and Milagros Pereyra-
Rojas. Springer, 2018.
This book offers a simple introduction to
the theory and practice of the Analytic
Hierarchy Process (AHP) without a pre-
requisite for a sophisticated
mathematical background. AHP is an
intuitive and mathematically simple
methodology in the field of multi-criteria
decision making in Operational
Research (OR). Using Super Decisions
v3, the newly developed software by the
Creative Decisions Foundations, this
book provides a quick and intuitive
understanding of AHP using
spreadsheet examples and step-by-step
software instructions. Super Decisions
v3 marks a drastic departure from the
previous version 2 in terms of interface
and ratings model development. In
addition to a concise guide, instructional
videos are also available to demonstrate
how to use the different features of
Super Decisions v3. Most AHP books
assume the reader has basic OR
mathematical background; however,
AHP was developed with the goal that
decision makers can take advantage of
this methodology without struggling with
the mathematics behind it. For this
reason, only basic arithmetic knowledge
is required from the readers. In
conclusion, this book delivers a quick
and practical understanding of the AHP
methodology that can be useful for
corporate executives and decision-
makers in all fields.
https://www.springer.com/la/book/97833
19683683
 Artificial Intelligence in Decision
Support Systems for Diagnosis in
Medical Imaging.
Editors: Suzuki, Kenji, Chen, Yisong.
Springer 2018.
This book offers the first comprehensive
overview of artificial intelligence (AI)
technologies in decision support
systems for diagnosis based on medical
images, presenting cutting-edge insights
from thirteen leading research groups
around the world.
Medical imaging offers essential
information on patients’ medical
condition, and clues to causes of their
symptoms and diseases. Modern
imaging modalities, however, also
produce a large number of images that
physicians have to accurately interpret.
This can lead to an ―information
overload‖ for physicians, and can
complicate their decision-making. As
such, intelligent decision support
systems have become a vital element in
medical-image-based diagnosis and
treatment.
Presenting extensive information on this
growing field of AI, the book offers a
valuable reference guide for professors,
students, researchers and professionals
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who want to learn about the most recent
developments and advances in the field.
https://www.springer.com/la/book/97833
19688428
 Socio-Technical Decision Support
in Air Navigation Systems:
Emerging Research and
Opportunities. Editors: Tetiana
Shmelova, Yuliya Sikirda, Nina
Rizun, Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem and
Yury N. Kovalyov.
The integration of technology into the
aviation system planning has allowed
for more stable, yet increasingly
complex, models that enable better
analysis techniques and new
approaches to decision-making. These
modern advances ensure higher
productivity in addressing various
planning problems.
Socio-Technical Decision Support in Air
Navigation Systems: Emerging
Research and Opportunities is a critical
scholarly resource that contains a
systematic analysis of formalized factors
affecting socio-technical systems
operators and how these factors
influence decision-making process of
professional and non-professional
activities in air navigation systems.
Featuring coverage on a broad range of
topics, such as dimensional modeling,
applications of decision support
systems, and semantic analysis, this
book is geared towards academicians,
future pilots, aviation dispatchers,
engineers, managers, and students.
https://www.igi-global.com/book/socio-
technical-decision-support-air/179718
CoPForestDSS News
The March 2018 newsletter of the
Community of Practice (CoP) on
Forest Management Decision
Support Systems, has been already
published. Please check the website:
http://www.forestdss.org/CoP/
Thanks to all group members who
contributed to this section.
Presentation of the Italian
Chapter of the System
Dynamics Society (SYDIC)
The Italian Chapter of the System
Dynamics Society (SYDIC) has been
founded with the idea of being an Italian
branch of the international System
Dynamic Society, with the goal of
supporting all the activities carried out
by the Society for the dissemination and
promotion of the system thinking
approach and the system dynamics
methodology at a national level.
Currently SYDIC counts more than 50
Italian associates from all over Italy and
abroad. Among its members, it includes
several top-notch scholars from the
Italian academic & scientific community
representing knowledge and
competences from different knowledge
areas.
The main objectives of the Chapter are
to promote the development and
increased utilization of the System
Dynamics (SD) methodology in Italy and
abroad, to stimulate the interchange of
learning and research in related fields
and to promote and develop educational
programs related to the SD
methodology.
In details, the organization aims at
reaching specific purposes as the
following:
• to report at the national level the
state of the art of the System
Dynamics methodology
dissemination and uptake, thus
favouring the diffusion of best
practices among national SD users;
• to establish formal and operative
links with other European SD
communities or International
chapters (e.g., through common
research projects or collaboration
oriented to develop applied /
research models, to organize
capacity building activities, or to
diffuse the SD methodology);
• to encourage and facilitate research
works among people belonging to
different universities/companies;
• to create events and opportunities
(seminars, meetings, work groups)
to exchange knowledge and
experiences in SD between SYDIC
members and the external world;
• to promote the interdisciplinary
collaboration among users of the SD
approach in different research areas
or applied fields in order to establish
new operative networks;
• to promote the hybrid use of System
Dynamics and Systems Thinking
also in conjunction with other
disciplines, in particular with other
modelling and simulation techniques
(i.e. ABM, discrete event, etc.) as
well as with IT techniques (i.e. Visual
Analytics, Big Data, etc.) so to
establish a new approach to
decision making through a new
framework proposed into decision
sciences known as Smart Model-
based Governance.
Contacts: info@systemdynamics.it
Web: www.systemdynamics.it
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 those scientific events, our group
has made a step forwards to 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.
In the section below you find a
chronological list of all places where
EWG-DSS organized events up to the
current year.
EWG-DSS Meetings
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;
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. 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,
. Heraklion (Greece) – 2018,
. Lubjlana (Slovenia) – 2018;
. Valencia (Spain) – 2018.
Events in 2017
ICDSST 2017
ICDSST 2017, EWG-DSS 3
rd
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
was 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 was 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‖, was
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.
The ICDSST 2017 in Namur, organized
by Isabelle Linden was a great success!
The ICDSST 2017 offered a pleasant
conference environment for all
participants, within the beautiful city of
Namur!
A few highlights from the ICDSST-2017
conference in Namur for you below.
We wish to take this opportunity to
thank again Isabelle and all her Team
from the University of Namur for the
warm and very pleasant hosting of our
ICDSST conference in their lovely city!
Isabelle Linden & Univ. Namur Team
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Prizes from Sponsors
Since 2013 the EWG-DSS has been
distributing sponsor prizes for selected
authors of presented papers in its
organized conferences.
During the ICDSST 2017 in Namur in
May 2017, the following licenses of
DSS-area-related software packages
were sorted among the
participants as prizes for best
presented papers:
 A License of Analytica Enterprise,
sponsored by 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.
 A free virtual consulting session on
Coaching on EU Funding for
International Projects with REACH
Innovation Consultancy.
www.reach-consultancy.eu.
IFORS 2017
IFORS 2017, The 21st Conference
of the International Federation of
Operational Research Societies
17-21 July 2017, Quebec, Canada.
www.ifors2017.ca.
Main Theme: “OR/Analytics for a
better world”.
The EWG-DSS organised and chaired
five sessions at IFORS 2017
Conference, taking place in Quebec
during 17-21 July 2017, under the
―Stream: Decision Support Systems‖.
The five sessions covered important
topics in decision making and decision
areas including decision theory,
intelligent DSS, DSS technologies, DSS
applications, and MCDM/MCDA. A great
number of EWG-DSS members
attended and contributed to discussions
at the sessions. See the description of
the sessions below:
Session TA-16: Intelligent DSS
Chair: K. Nadia Papamichail
Tuesday, 8:30-10:00, 308A
 A next-item recommendation
approach based on Borda majority
count, by Li-Ching Ma
 New evidential reasoning modelling
approach for data driven system
analysis and prediction, by Shuaiyu
Yao, Jian-Bo Yang, Dong-Ling Xu,
Paul Dark
 The impact of organizational factors
on knowledge sharing performance,
by Oluwafemi Oyemomi
 Factors affecting knowledge-based
decision support systems in
multinational corporations, by
Mahmoud Abdelrahman, K. Nadia
Papamichail
Session TB-16: DSS applications
Chair: Oluwafemi Oyemomi
Tuesday, 10:30-12:00, 308A
 A preference modelling approach in
tourism destination choice based on
the FITradeoff method, by Rodrigo
José Pires Ferreira, Alexandre
Leoneti, Adiel Teixeira de Almeida
 Forecasting of bivalve landings with
multiple regression and data mining:
The case of the Portuguese artisanal
dredge fleet, by Manuela Maria de
Oliveira, Ana Camanho, John
Walden, Vera Miguéis, Nuno
Ferreira, Miguel B. Gaspar
 Assessing airline competition – A
multi attribute decision making
approach, by Aman Gupta
 A comparative study on breast
cancer risk factors assessment, by
Tuncay Gürbüz, Elif Do˘gu, Y. Esra
Albayrak
Session TD-16: MCDM/ MCDA DSS
Chair: Caroline Mota and Adiel
Teixeira de Almeida Tuesday, 15:00-
16:30, 308A
 C1: Multi-criteria model to identify
vulnerable areas: An application in a
Brazilian context, by Debora Pereira,
Caroline Mota, Martin Andresen
 Map-based multicriteria analysis to
support stakeholder-oriented urban
energy scenarios, by Sara Torabi
Moghadam, Patrizia Lombardi,
Jacopo Toniolo, Francesca
Abastante, Isabella Lami
 Decision aid with partial information
using FITradeoff for preference
elicitation, by Adiel Teixeira de
Almeida, Eduarda Frej, Rodrigo
José Pires Ferreira
 Flexible and interactive DSS for
ranking problematic, by Eduarda
Frej, Adiel Teixeira de Almeida
Session TE-16: DSS technologies
Chair: Adiel Teixeira de Almeida and
Caroline Mota Tuesday, 16:45-
18:15, 308A
 Pricing real options premium based
on conditional value at risk concept,
by Kyongsun Kim, Chan S. Park
 Relative inner evaluation of an
individual by interval group AHP, by
Tomoe Entani
 Improving educational quality
through QFD and AHP, by Tetsuro
Morita, Yuki Muro, Aozora Kawana,
Shin-ichiro Yokoyama, Tsutomu
Mishina
 Sequential exploration with
geological dependencies and
uncertainty in oil prices, by Babak
Jafarizadeh
Session WA-16:Decision theory
Chair: Shaofeng Liu
Wednesday, 8:30-10:00, 308A
 Complexity, decision support and
human behaviour, by Winnie Pelser
 R&D project selection using recent
advances in multicriteria ordinal
classification methods, by Edy
López Cervantes, Eduardo René
Fernández González
 Aggregating opinions on ordinal
proximities among linguistic terms of
qualitative scales, by José Luis
García-Lapresta, Raquel Gonzalez
del Pozo, David Perez-Roman
Picture taken during IFORS 2017.
IFORS 2017 – EWG-DSS DSS Stream.
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The EWG-DSS wishes to express its
gratitude to all members who helped
with chairing the sessions in the DSS
Stream in IFORS2017. Many Thanks!
Events in 2018
ICDSST 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
focuses 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:
- Decision Support Modelling
- 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.
ICDSST PROMETHEE Days
2018 Invited Speakers & Talks
The 4th International Conference on
Decision Support System Technology -
ICDSST 2018 & PROMETHEE DAYS
2018 – counts with five highly qualified
invited speakers.
Professor Jean-Philippe Waaub,
University of Quebec, Canada.
Talk: Multicriteria and multi-
stakeholder decision aid: lessons
learned from environmental case
studies
Professor Cathy Macharis, Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Talk: Including stakeholders in the
decision and evaluation process: the
possibilities of the MAMCA
methodology
Professor Kostas Stathis, Royal
Holloway University of London, UK.
Talk: Prolegomena for decentralised
decision-making platforms – An
agent environments perspective
Professor Milosz Kadzinski, Poznan
University of Technology, Poland.
Talk: Multiple Criteria Decision
Aiding in action: using the diviz
software
Dr Stefano Armenia, SYDIC, Italy.
Talk: When two worlds collide: the
new era of Smart Model-based
Governance
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ICDSST 2018 Publications
 Proceedings of ICDSST –
PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 on
―Sustainable Data-Driven &
Evidence-based Decision Support
with applications to the
Environment and Energy sector‖,
(abstract of accepted short papers).
 Springer book Lecture Notes In
Business Information Processing
(LNBIP), (accepted full papers).
 Special Issue in the International
Journal of Decision Support System
Technology (IJDSST).
 Special Issue in the Kybernetes.
 Special Issue in the International
Journal of Sustainable Agricultural
(IJSAMI).
 Special Issue in the International
Journal of Information and Decision
Sciences (IJIDS). Papers in this
special issue will be selected from
the relevant special session.
EWG-DSS @IFIP DSS 2018
The 19th Open Conference of the IFIP
WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems
IFIP DSS 2018 will be held during 13-
15 June 2018, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The theme of the conference is “DSS
Research Delivering High Impacts to
Business and Society”
Details of CfP are available from the
IFIP DSS 2018 website:
http://ifip2018dss.ijs.si
The EWG-DSS is coordinating on the
IFIP DSS 2018 Conference Section 2,
about "DSS for Risk, Safety, Security
and Uncertainty Management", which
will happen on 13.6.2018, between
14:00 and 15:30. Come and Participate!
The EWG-DSS is very grateful to
the IFIP WG8.3 DSS Group for this
collaboration at IFIP DSS 2018!
DSS Stream @EURO 2018
The EWG-DSS is involved in the
organisation of the EURO 2018
conference, the 29th European
Conference on Operational Research,
organised in Valencia, Spain from 8 to
11 July. The executive board of the
EWG-DSS selected eight papers for two
sessions within the stream Decision
Analysis, Decision Support Systems,
DEA and Performance Measurement:
 Group Decision Processes
 Decision Support Systems: AI
Techniques.
These sessions will be chaired by
Shaofeng Liu and Pascale Zaraté.
During the EURO-k Conference the
EURO Distinguished Service Medal
Award (EDSM) is assigned to one
researcher. The EDSM was approved
by the Executive Committee in July
2006. The EDSM should honour
extraordinary efforts and should be
awarded for recognition of distinguished
service to EURO and to the profession
of OR. The award is officially bestowed
in conjunction with a EURO-k
Conference, if there is a suitable
candidate. Following a presentation of
the competition by the chair of the jury,
the laureate receives the EURO
Distinguished Service Medal Award and
a diploma. Only one award may be
made on each occasion. The jury of the
EURO Distinguished Service Medal
2018 is composed by: Ulrike Leopold-
Wildburger (Austria) - chair, Roman
Słowiński (Poland), Pascale Zaraté
(France), Sally Brailsford (UK), Hans
Ittmann (South Africa). The winner will
be revealed during the conference.
EWG-DSS Upcoming
Events in 2019 - 2020
ICDSST 2019
www.icdsst2019.wordpress.com
5th International Conference on
Decision Support System
Technology - ICDSST 2019
Dates: May 27
th
– 29
th
, 2019
Place: Madeira Island, Portugal. UMA
University of Madeira
http://www.uma.pt/
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Conference Theme: “Decision
Support Systems: Main
Developments & Future Trends”
A look backwards over the last 30
years to evaluate how well we stand
on the research areas of Decision
Making and in which direction we
should better proceed.
Past event in Madeira: The creation of
EURO Working Group on Decision
Support Systems EWG-DSS within the
EURO Summer Institute on DSS in May
1989.
Photo from 1989 – EWG-DSS Creation
The EWG-DSS plans to invite all the
founding members present in Madeira in
1989 for celebrating the 30 years
anniversary of our group during the
ICDSST 2019.
ICDSST 2019 Honorary Chairs:
Prof. José Paixao, Portugal
Prof. Jean-Pierre Brans, Belgium
(to be confirmed)
ICDSST 2019 Organizing Committee:
The EWG-DSS Coordination Board with
special collaboration of its Portuguese
speaking members:
Fatima Dargam, Rita Ribeiro, Ana Luisa
Respício, António Rodrigues, Jorge de
Souza, among others from the EWG-
DSS Portuguese community.
ICDSST 2019 Local Organizers:
- Prof. Paulo Sérgio Abreu Freitas
e-mail: paulo.freitas@staff.uma.pt
&
- Prof. Jorge Nélio Ferreira
e-Mail: jorge.nelio.ferreira@staff.uma.pt
Conference Venue: University of
Madeira, UMA – Rectory, Colégio dos
Jesuítas – Rua dos Ferreiros 9000-082
Funchal, Madeira, PT.
More about the venue and about
Madeira can be found in the Website
www.icdsst2019.wordpress.com .
ICDSST 2019 Call for Papers
The Organizing Committee of the
ICDSST 2019 invites 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 DSS challenges to submit
their work to the ICDSST 2019.
In order to enforce the 30 Years
Celebration of the EWG-DSS, all
founding members of the EURO
Working Group of Decision Support
Systems and senior Collaborators from
other DSS Communities, who have
consistently contributed to the research
in the DSS area in last years, are highly
encouraged and invited to submit their
contributions and participate in the
conference.
We encourage submissions addressing
(among others) the suggested topics
listed below.
Suggested topics for ICDSST 2019:
 Advances in applied Decision Support
Systems
 Decision Making Integrated Solutions
within Open Data Platforms
 Knowledge Management & Resource
Discovery for Decision Making
 Decision Making Methods,
Technologies and Real-Industry
Applications
 Geographic Information Systems and
Decision Making/Support
 Decision Making, Knowledge
management and Business
Intelligence
 DSS for Business sustainability,
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 Decision Making in High & Medium
Education
 Innovative Decision Making
Approaches/Methods and
Technologies
 Big Data Analytics Approaches for
solving Decision Making Issues
 Big Data Visualization to support
Decision Analysis and Decision
Making
 Social-Networks Analysis for Decision
Making
 Group & Collaborative Decision
Making
 Multi-Attribute & Multi-Criteria
Decision Making
 Approaches & Advances in Group
Decision Making
 Approaches & Advances in
Negotiation Decision Support Systems
 Decision Making in the Health Sector.
Deadlines for submission:
Submission of Full Papers:
30 November 2018
Notification of acceptance:
15 February 2019
Camera ready version:
28 February 2019
Submission of Short Papers:
1 March 2019
Notification of acceptance:
10 April 2019
Camera ready version:
20 April 2019
Submission of Posters:
15 March 2019
Notification of acceptance:
10 April 2019
Camera ready version:
20 April 2019
ICDSST 2019 Publications:
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As in previous EWG-DSS ICDSST
Conferences, accepted papers may be
published through various means,
including the conference proceedings,
Springer book series – Lecture Notes in
Business Information Processing
(LNBIP), Special Issues in DSS related
journals, or recommended for
publications in other suitable journals.
 Springer book Lecture Notes In
Business Information Processing
(LNBIP), (Topic and Guest Editors to
be announced) (for accepted full
papers).
 Proceedings of the ICDSST 2019 on
―Decision Support Systems – Main
Developments & Future Trends‖
(containing abstracts of all accepted
papers, with an ISBN number). Guest
Editors to be announced.
 Special Issue in the IJDSST Journal of
Decision Support Systems
Technology. (Guest Editors and Topic
to be announced).
 Other Special Issues in related DSS
Journals (Journals, Guest Editors and
Topics to be announced).
For updated information about the
Conference visit the ICDSST-2019 site:
www.icdsst2019.wordpress.com .
The EWG-DSS Coordination Board
hopes to celebrate with you all its 30
years in the ICDSST 2019 in Madeira!
ICDSST 2020
6th International Conference on
Decision Support System
Technology
Where? Zaragoza,
Spain, University of
Zaragoza,
https://www.unizar.es/
When? May 2020 .
Local Chair:
Prof. José María Moreno Jiménez
https://i3a.unizar.es/en/investigadores/jo
se-maria-moreno-jimenez
The ICDSST 2020 local organizer, José
María Moreno, is a long-term and active
member of the EWG-DSS, as well as an
EWG-DSS Advisory Board Member.
Preliminary Conference Theme:
“Decision Support Systems & E-
Governance”
The Conference Website will be online
soon.https://icdsst2020.wordpress.com
Other Events
IFIP DSS 2018
19
th
Open Conference of the IFIP WG
8.3 on Decision Support Systems
(IFIP DSS 2018). “DSS Research
Delivering High Impacts to Business
and Society”. 13-15 June 2018 in
Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The IFIP WG 8.3 conference committee
welcomes both academic and
practitioner community contributions on
a wide range of topics using a range of
scholarly approaches that showcase the
latest innovations and achievements in
decision support and decision making.
Submitted contributions that showcase
methodological advances and real case
studies will be especially welcomed. All
contributions will be peer-reviewed and
the acceptance of a contribution will be
based on the originality of the work, the
relevance to the conference theme and
its overall quality.
The 2018 Open Conference of the IFIP
WG 8.3 will highlight the applications,
methods, analytics, stakeholders and
impacts of decision making and decision
support in today’s society and business.
Suggested research topics (presented
as conceptual/theoretical, empirical,
design science and case-based
approaches, amongst others) can
include, but are not limited to:
 Decision Support, Methodologies,
Systems & Software
 Decision Making, Behaviours,
Data & Decision Models
 Business Analytics, Intelligence &
Knowledge Discovery
For more details, please visit the
homepage: http://ifip2018dss.ijs.si/
AMCIS 2018
24
th
Americas Conference on
Information Systems. AMCIS 2018:
Digital Disruption. New Orleans, LA,
USA, August 16-18, 2018.
Invited are the submissions of Full
(completed) Research Papers;
Emergent Research Forum (ERF)
papers; Workshops and Tutorials;
Panels; Professional Development
Symposia (PDS); and Technology
Research, Education, and Opinion
(TREO) Talks to the 24th Americas
Conference on Information Systems
(AMCIS 2018), which will be held
August 16-18, 2018 in New Orleans,
Louisiana, USA. AMCIS brings together
academics and industry professionals
around the world to exchange
knowledge related to the AMCIS 2018
theme, Digital Disruption.
Digital disruption is the powerful
transformation that drives how
businesses create value with new digital
technologies. Digital disruption
transforms all industries, and manifests
itself through a variety of digital tools,
services, and artifacts. It fuels more
rapid and on-going innovation in
businesses. For businesses, digital
disruption is not an if, but a when.
Having the understanding and ability to
respond to digital disruptions is key for
businesses to maintain competitive
advantage.
For more details, please visit the
homepage:https://amcis2018.aisnet.org/
ECIS 2018
European Conference on Information
Systems (ECIS) 2018. Beyond
Digitization – Facets of Socio-
Technical Change. June 23rd – 28th
2018 / Portsmouth, UK
ECIS 2018 will take place in
Portsmouth, UK, at the University of
Portsmouth, where it is hosted by the
Systems and Information Systems
15
Research Group in the School of
Computing.
The theme of the conference: ―Beyond
Digitization – Facets of Socio-Technical
Change‖ reflects that information
systems (IS) consist of both human and
technical aspects. The development of
the IS discipline since the 1960’s has
been characterised by efforts to achieve
a forward trajectory from a software-
centred focus towards a human-centred
focus. This is reflected in the agendas of
many of the original socio-technical
movements, and underpins the recent
resurgence in interest in socio-technical
ideas.
The foundation of the IS discipline (in
the late Sixties) is built on the
proposition that any artefact on which
we turn an IS lens cannot be seen as
hardware, software or human-based in
isolation. This is still true in an
increasingly digital world. We, in the IS
discipline, are constantly faced with the
reality that we engage and pursue an
agenda to facilitate change, or
redevelopment of organized human
activities. The digital world has and is
resulting in fundamental changes
throughout society affecting
organisations and human endeavour.
The socio-technical theme provides a
base to make sense of IS within the
digitized world.
For more details, please visit the
homepage: http://ecis2018.eu/
PACIS 2018
PACIS 2018. Pasific Asia Conference
on Information Systems. June 26-30,
2018. Yokohama, Japan
The 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on
Information Systems (PACIS 2018) will
be held at Yokohama, Japan, after the
successful series of PACIS since 1993.
PACIS is the main international
Information Systems (IS) conference
and the only AIS sponsored conference
in the Pacific Asia Region. The primary
purpose of PACIS is to enable regional
and international Information Systems
researchers and practitioners to meet
in an annual forum that maximizes the
opportunity for the exchange of
information. The world’s Information
Systems industry and research
specialists, and academia are cordially
invited to participate in a wealth of
presentation, tutorials, special sessions
and social activities for the
advancement of Information Systems
and Management.
For more details, please visit the
homepage: http://pacis2018.org/
ICCSA 2018
The 18th International Conference on
Computational Science and
Applications (ICCSA 2018). July 2 - 5,
2018, Melbourne, Australia in
collaboration with the Monash
University, Australia.
ICCSA 2018 will be the next event in a
series of highly successful International
Conferences on Computational Science
and Its Applications (ICCSA), previously
held in Trieste, Italy (2017), Beijing.
China (2016), Banff, Canada (2015),
Guimaraes, Portugal (2014), Ho Chi
Minh City, Vietnam (2013), Salvador de
Bahia, Brazil (2012), Santander, Spain
(2011), Fukuoka, Japan (2010), Suwon,
Korea (2009), Perugia, Italy (2008),
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007),
Glasgow, UK (2006), Singapore (2005),
Assisi, Italy (2004), Montreal, Canada
(2003), and (as ICCS) in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands (2002) and San
Francisco, USA (2001). 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.
For more details, please visit the
homepage: http://www.iccsa.org/
IEEE DSAA 2018
2018 IEEE International Conference
on Data Science and Advanced
Analytics (DSAA-2018). October 1 - 4,
Turin, Italy 2018
The IEEE International Conference on
Data Science and Advanced Analytics
(DSAA) aims to be the flagship annual
meeting spanning the interdisciplinary
field of Data Science. DSAA focuses on
the science of data science, as well as
the implications of the science for
applications to industry, government,
and society. From the science side,
DSAA spans all of the component fields
of data science, including statistics,
probabilistic and mathematical
modeling, machine learning, data
mining and knowledge discovery,
complexity science, network science,
business analytics, data management,
infrastructure and storage, retrieval and
search, security, privacy and ethics.
From the applications side, DSAA aims
both to show researchers important
problems and issues that are revealed
by real applications, and to show
practitioners and users how the science
can be applied to realize value. DSAA is
intended to reflect the interdisciplinary
nature of data science and analytics, as
an alternative to the highly specialized
disciplinary conferences.
DSAA 2018 in Turin, Italy, is the 5th
annual installment of the conference.
This year brings the collaboration of the
American Statistical Association, to
complement the IEEE Computational
Intelligence Society and the ACM
SIGKDD. This year DSAA also adds the
support of the ISI Foundation, which has
worked for 35 years to break down
traditional silos in the sciences of
complexity and data.
For more details, please visit the
homepage: https://dsaa2018.isi.it/home
IEMSS 2018
9
th
International Congress on
Environmental Modelling and
Software. "Modelling for Sustainable
Food-Energy-Water Systems". June
24-28 2018, Fort Collins, USA
Colorado State University is excited to
host the 9th International Congress on
Environmental Modelling and Software.
The 2018 congress is themed
―Modelling for Sustainable Food-
Energy-Water Systems‖ with an
objective to foster the exchange of ideas
and solutions leading to methods and
techniques for managing these systems
effectively and efficiently.
For more details, please visit the
homepage:
http://iemss2018.engr.colostate.edu/
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EWGDSS
Collab-Net Project V5.
The project Collab-Net works on a
Social Network Perspective of DSS-
Research Collaboration in Europe,
within the EURO Working Group on
Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS).
Currently the Collab-Net project is in its
Version 5 and counts with an intensive
research cooperation between the
EWG-DSS Coordination Members and
their teams and the research team of
the Management Engineering
Department of the Federal University of
Pernambuco UFPE in Recife,
Pernambuco, Brazil, under the
supervision of Prof. Ana Paula Costa.
Posters of Collab-Net in its version 5 are
presented in 2018 in the ICDSST PD
Conference in Greece and in the IFIP-
2018-DSS Conference in Lubjlana,
Slovenia. The figure below summarizes
the work being carried out in Collab-Net
Version 5.The EWG-DSS Collaboration
Academic Social Network Project
(Collab-Net) targets mainly to
disseminate research being conducted
by members of the group.
Project Collab-Net Version 5 (2018)
The earlier developments 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, from
the University of Macedonia in Greece,
under the supervision of Jason
Papathanasiou; and from 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.
In 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
(Online version 3) was presented in the
ICDSST 2016 in Plymouth.
http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss/icdsst
-2016-postercollabnet-60168735.
Interested to collaborate?
We need volunteers to support us on
this EWG-DSS Collab-Net project!
Please contact us if you think you
can help! Thanks.
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/
Research Projects
Research Collaboration among
EWG-DSS Members
Horizon2020 RUCAPS
The RUC-APS H2020
Project ―Enhancing and
implementing Knowledge
based ICT solutions
within high Risk and
Uncertain Conditions for
Agriculture Production
Systems‖ (www.ruc-aps.eu, 691249)
started in October 2016. This is a
€1.3MRISE grant and his funding will
cover four years of advance research
and innovation in developing
Collaborative and participatory
developments in international Agri-Food
value chains.
The RUC-APS Project is the result of
bold thinking and an absolute
commitment to International Agriculture
Production Systems under a value chain
context. To help achieve this, a multi-
disciplinary team has been assembled
featuring people expert in agriculture,
biological science, logistics, product
management, innovation, risk,
mathematical modelling and computer
science. The aim is to create a validated
framework for real-life agriculture-based
decision making by integrating the high
impact research being carried out
across the world in each of these areas.
Hence, there are three main drivers for
this project; climate and global weather
change, crises in global economies and
the current speed of technological
evolution.
The success of RUC-APS relies on the
competitive collaboration coming from
institutions such as: the University of
Plymouth in the UK, experts in
knowledge management and strategic
planning; the Royal Agriculture Society
of England in the UK, expert in soil
planning and nutrition; the Bretagne
Development Innovation in France,
expert in current innovation challenges
in agriculture in Bretagne; the University
of Larraine in France, expert in Systems
Interoperability; The Universite
Toulouse Capitole 1 in France, expert in
Decision Support Systems; the System
Research Institute in Poland, expert in
dynamic planning and data analytics;
the CNR Institute of Sciences of Food
Production in Italy, expert in agriculture
and food innovation; the Innovation
agency in agriculture in Meteponto –
Italy, expert in agriculture plant
sciences; the UniversitatPolitècnica de
València in Spain, expert in Operational
Research Models in Supply chains;
AINIA Technological Centre in Spain,
expert in ICT based projects
managements and risk analytics; the
Valencian agriculture federation in
Spain, expert in international food safety
requirements; the national institute of
Agriculture in Chile, expert in
horticulture production systems and
plant science; the Universidad de La
Plata in Argentina, expert in agronomy
and peri-urban developments and in
computer science and networked based
solutions, the University of Liverpool
integrative Biology Institute in the UK,
expert in intensive agriculture; the
University of Liverpool Risk Institute in
the UK, expert in Risk analysis and the
University of Liverpool Management
School, expert in modelling, simulation
and optimisation of operations
management process.
In this project, two EWG-DSS members
are involved: Prof. Pascale Zarate, from
UCT1 and Prof. Shaofeng Liu, from
UoP.
We look forward to the good work that
lies ahead as we continue to be inspired
by our faith and willingness to contribute
to real-life industry challenges,
especially in Agri-Food supply Chain
Systems.
Dr. Jorge Hernandez
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RUC-APS EU-H2020 Project
Coordinator
Associate Professor in Operations &
Supply Chain Management
Marketing & Operations Subject Group
Director of Education
University of Liverpool Management
School, UK
Support for Projects
REACH Innovation Consultancy
Your Partner for International
Research, Development and
Innovation Projects.
www.reach-consultancy.eu
REACH Innovation Consultancy has a
close relation with the EWG-DSS, since
Fátima Dargam, one of its founding
members and of the Coordination Board
member since 2007, acts there as
Technical Manager Director. REACH is
an Austrian consulting company
dedicated to Innovation Management,
as well as Development, Management,
Proposal Preparation and Dissemination
of International Projects.
Since 2017 REACH is one of the
sponsors of the ICDSST. For ICDSST –
PROMETHEE Days 2018 in Heraklion,
Greece, in the period of May 22 - 25,
2018, REACH will offer the conference’s
participants the possibility of getting a
free consulting session. 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 PROMETHEE
Days 2018 Conference and be a
candidate for REACH's prize!
REACH Innovation 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
News about Members
News from Claudia Loebbecke
Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke, M.B.A. from
the Department of Media and Technology
Management, University of Cologne,
Germany. https://www.wiso.uni-
koeln.de/de/forschung/find-an-expert/experts/prof-
dr-claudia-loebbecke-mba/
Prof. Claudia Loebbecke proudly
became member of the European
Academy of Sciences and Arts
(www.euro-acad.eu), upon nominaton
and election in 2018.
We warmly congratulate Claudia for
this achievement!
Members Meeting in Lisbon
Photo: Lisbon, April 2018.
The EWG-DSS founding and long-term
members: Ana Luisa Respício, Rita
Ribeiro, Fatima Dargam and António
Rodrigues met in Lisbon last April to
follow up the arrangements about the
organization of the next ICDSST in
Madeira in 2019, when the EWG-DSS
will also celebrate its 30 Years of
existence. They are trying to organize a
great event in Madeira, joining – if
possible - most of the participants of the
original summer institute in Madeira in
1989 when the group was created. If
you are one of the EWG-DSS founding
members, do not wait to be contacted
first. Get in touch for arrangements of
your participation in the ICDSST
2019!
Meeting Jean-Pierre in Namur
Photo: Namur, May 2017.
Some EWG-DSS founding members
met during the ICDSST 2017. We show
here a snapshot of a very happy
moment of the re-encounter of one of
the organizers of the summer institute in
Madeira in 1989, Jean-Pierre Brans,
with Pascale Zaraté and Fatima
Dargam. The re-encounter happened
during the 3
rd
EWG-DSS Conference
ICDSST2017 in Namur, Belgium last
18
year. It was a real pleasure to have
Jean-Pierre back in the EWG-DSS
organized events! We had a great
time!
Other Announcements
Experience & Competence
EWG-DSS Members - Institutions
Research & 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 EWG-DSS page linked below
https://ewgdss.wordpress.com/experien
ce-competence/ you find a summary of
some EWG-DSS Members-Institutions
about their experience and competence
in research and development for
projects’ collaboration.
The EWG-DSS is very grateful to all
group members who sent
contributions to this Newsletter.
Disclaimer - Financial Aspects
The EWG-DSS organizes its meetings,
conferences and workshops, counting
with the annual EURO financial 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.
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regulations and the appropriate
procedures in the treatment and data
protection.
Your personal data will only be used by
the EWG-DSS for the purposes
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Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR)
and ensuring the confidentiality and
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processing of the personal data of its
members in its associates database or
in its conference participants
database, following the terms of the
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Newsletter ewg dss nr 16 2017-2018 final

  • 1. 1 EWG-DSS Newsletter No. 16, Year 2017 / 2018 EWG-DSS Newsletter Newsletter of the EURO Working Group on Decision Support System In this Issue Editorial........................................ 1 New Board Member..................... 2 EWG-DSS Members .................... 2 EWG-DSS Management Struct... 2 EWG-DSS Channels.................... 3 Interview ...................................... 3 Obituary ....................................... 5 EWG-DSS Award......................... 6 Publications................................. 6 EWG-DSS Events ........................ 8 EWG-DSS Meetings .................... 8 Events in 2017............................. 9 Events in 2018........................... 11 Upcoming Events 2019/2020.... 12 Other Events.............................. 14 EWG-DSS Collab-Net Project... 16 Research Projects..................... 16 News about Members……......…17 Other Announcements ............. 18 Editorial Board The Newsletter of the EURO WG on Decision Support Systems is annually edited by its current Coordination Board Members: Pascale Zaraté; Fátima Dargam; Boris Delibasic; Shaofeng Liu; Isabelle Linden; Pavlos Delias and Jason Papathanasiou. The current issue Nr.16 of the Newsletter had as leading editor 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! We have come to this exciting time of the year to share with you all the fruitful events and encouraging news that have happened in the society over the last twelve months. First of all, we would like to thank all of you for your consistent support. Your proactive engagement and participation is crucial to the society’s every success. Because of your support and involvement, the society has made significant achievements over the last twelve months and we are on a steady path to growing and flourishing. First and foremost, the EWG-DSS has consolidated its management and leadership with a brand new, three dimension structure, comprising a Co- ordination Board, an Advisory Board and an Assistant Board. The Co- ordination Board has been strengthened with one new member: Dr Pavlos Delias. The Advisory Board is chaired by former Coordination Board member, Professor Rita Ribeiro. The new Assistant Board brings in fresh blood with four members: Dr. Daouda Kamissoko, Dr. Oluwafemi Oyemomi, Mr. Sandro Radovanovic and Ms. Giota Digkoglou. During the past year, we have successfully organised a series of influential events. The ICDSS 2017 conference held in Namur, Belgium between 23- 25 May 2017 was a great success. The conference continuously attracted a record number of high quality papers and attendances, with a significant number of colleagues from PROMETHEE community. The gathering of two societies at one event gave us the perfect opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between us, which directly led to the joint event organisation for ICDSST 2018-PROMETHEE Days to take place in Crete, Greece this year. As usual, we also worked with other societies and organised various sessions in IFORS 2017 and GDSS 2017 conferences. A great number of journal Special Issues and book series have been published with majority of majority of contributing papers came from EWG-DSS members. Check details about all those events and activities in this Newsletter issue. Hopefully, this Newsletter provides an overall picture of our focused work during the last year. We hope you enjoy reading the news and look forward to your contribution to our events in the next stage and sharing your wonderful stories and news with us. By working together, the whole society continues to grow and prosper into the long term future! A big Thank You from the Coordination Board! Enjoy your reading! EWG-DSS Coordination Board. Photo taken in Namur during the ICDSST 2017. Pavlos Delias, Boris Delibasic, Jason Papathanasiou, Isabelle Linden, Pascale Zaraté,Shaofeng Liu, and Fatima Dargam.
  • 2. 2 New Board Member Pavlos Delias Coordination Board Member https://ewgdss.wordpress.com/coordinators/ “Ever since I was a student I viewed EURO and its working groups with great appreciation and reverence. After my appointment as a tenured faculty member, I was able to attend more regularly their activities, so every year, since 2013, I was eager to attend the EWG-DSS meetings. It was a great pleasure to meet every year the active and friendly community of the group, and to join them in the plethora of activities they pursued. It was with equal pleasure and excitement that I welcomed the invitation to join the Coordination Board. I feel honored to be able to serve the community side by side with prestigious, hard-working partners who are building this community for thirty years. I just hope to rise to the occasion and support the group in radiating the same appreciation and reverence to scholars and practitioners of DSS!” Pavlos Delias is an Associate Professor in Management and Management Information Systems at Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (formerly TEI of Kavala) (http://www.teiemt.gr), Department of Accounting and Finance (e-mail: pdelias@teiemt.gr). He holds a jointly supervised PhD (September 2009) in Informatics from both Technical University of Crete and University Paris Dauphine, under a cotutelle agreement. His PhD Thesis was on Agent-based Workflow Management. Pavlos Delias received the Diploma and M.Sc. from the Department of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, in 2002, and 2005, respectively. Pavlos Delias has taught in several universities (national as well as international), he is a visiting Professor at Université Paris Dauphine, and a dissertation mentor for the University of Liverpool. He has contributed to numerous projects as a research associate, focusing on applying the principles of business analytics and operational research to information systems design and use. He has also published several scientific articles in journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are in the areas of business process analytics, business analytics and operational research, and multiple criteria analysis. EWG-DSS Members The EWG-DSS has currently over 300 officially registered members, 318 members in its LinkedIn group, and 122 followers in Twitter. The EWG-DSS membership has substantially grown since its creation in 1989 (with 24 members). 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. If you are a member, you can check the EWG-DSS list of members and their research interaction via your login in the IRIT server (using option Review Members). Alternatively, an updated list of registered members can be sent to you, by request (mail to: ewg- dss@fccdp.com). EWG-DSS complies with the terms of the data protection legislation in force in the European Union (the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR). If you, as a member of the EWG-DSS, do not wish to have your name and affiliation listed in the ―list of Members‖ that may be distributed to other members on request, please contact the EWG-DSS Coordinators and opt out of the list officially via E-mail. EWG-DSS Management Structure The EWG-DSS management structure includes a Coordination Board (EWG- DSS Coordinators & Executive Board), an Advisory Board (AB), a Board of Assistants, and two teams formed by the group members who collaborate with EWG-DSS joint editions and research projects, namely: the ET Editorial Team and the SCT Scientific Collaboration Team. The ET is composed of researchers that have guest-edited Journal Special Issues and Springer Books with the CB. The SCT includes researchers who are involved with the EWG-DSS research projects and initiatives, like for instance the Collab_Net Project. Board and Team members can be in more than one of the groups of the EWG-DSS Management Structure. See figure below. However, the members of the Coordination Board are not members of the Advisory Board, and vice-versa. 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. Current EWG-DSS BA Members Find below the list of the Board of Assistants that currently collaborate with the EWG-DSS CB. EWG-DSS Board of Assistants (BA): Dr. Daouda Kamissoko Ecoles des Mines d'Albi Carmaux Albi, Midi-Pyrénées, France daouda.kamissoko@mines-albi.fr Dr. Oluwafemi Oyemomi Northumbria University, UK oluwafemi.oyemomi@northumbria.ac.uk Mr Sandro Radovanovic University of Belgrade, Serbia sandro.radovanovic@fon.bg.ac.rs Ms. Panagiota (Giota) Digkoglou University of Macedonia, Greece giotadigkoglou@outlook.com The EWG-DSS Advisory Board The AB includes experienced long-term members and researchers of the EWG- DSS 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
  • 3. 3 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. Current EWG-DSS AB Members: Advisory Board Chair (AB Chair): Prof. Rita Ribeiro (e-mail: rar@uninova.pt) UNINOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal Advisory Board Members: 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 Prof. D. Marc Kilgour Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada Dr. Jorge Hernández University of Liverpool, UK To contact the EWG-DSS Advisory Board, send an e-mail to the AB Chair. EWG-DSS Channels “Our communication channels are our main tools to cooperate!” The EWG-DSS communication channels facilitate the interaction among the working group members and between the Coordination Board and all members. EWG-DSS Mailing Options: EWG-DSS E-mail: ewg-dss@fccdp.com This e-mail address put you in contact with all current EWG-DSS Coordination Board Members at the same time. 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. 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 website is the DSS Working Group’s official homepage. There you find a summary of the detailed information you find in the EWG-DSS Blog and the links to the DSS organized 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 318 members. This group is open to all Linked-In users. There you find briefings of the EWG-DSS activities, discussions of related topics, job opportunities and other announcements, like conferences calls for participation, Journals calls for papers, etc. You are very welcome to post your announcements in the EWG-DSS LinkedIn Group. If you like networking and you wish to make your announcements more visible to a wider and selective audience, you should take advantage of our group in this platform! 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 of the group. 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 Since 2014 the EWG-DSS Twitter account 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. The EWG-DSS Twitter account is also used to post pertinent information about our ICT areas of research. Follow us on Twitter (@EWGDSS) to get breaking news of our activities within the DSS communities in Europe and Worldwide! EWG-DSS New Homepage @EURO In 2018 the EWG-DSS started its migration from the EWG-DSS homepage in Wordpress to a homepage in the EURO platform, as already many other Working Goups already have. This homepage is currently under construction, considering new content structure and graphic illustrations as well. The EWG-DSS is grateful for the support promised from EURO for the work effort involved in this migration task. Stay tuned and you will be informed about our launching of the new EWG-DSS Homepage by the end of 2018! Interview Prof. D. Marc Kilgour Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Department, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada Email: mkilgour@wlu.ca Homepage: https://wlu.ca/academics/faculties/facult y-of-science/faculty-profiles/d-marc- kilgour/index.html
  • 4. 4 EWG-DSS: Dear Marc, thank you very much for agreeing to give us this interview. First, let us know a few things about your background. MK: All of my higher education was at University of Toronto. My undergraduate program was Engineering Science, Physics Option. By the time I finished that degree, the field that interested me the most was Mathematics. I took a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics, and then continued to a PhD in Mathematics. My thesis topic was in Game Theory. The supervisor of my doctorate was Anatol Rapoport, an interesting man and an important influence with a highly interdisciplinary perspective. He had been a concert pianist before taking his doctorate in Mathematics. At Toronto, he held appointments in both Mathematics and Psychology, but he was also well known in other fields including Biology, Philosophy, and (as it is now called) Peace Science. Perhaps it is not surprising that, as I was working on my doctorate, I concluded that I was in fact most interested in social sciences. My PhD was complete in 1973, and I managed to find an academic position in the Mathematics Department of Wilfrid Laurier University, where I remain to this day. Within about 10 years, I met and began working with Steven Brams, a political scientist at New York University, and Keith Hipel, a systems engineer at University of Waterloo. Since 1984, I have held an adjunct position at UW, which is about a kilometer away from Laurier. The net effect of my background and my collaborations is that I have a broadly interdisciplinary record. In fact, I have contributed in mathematics, engineering, and social science – all of the areas that interested me as a student. EWG-DSS: We at EWG-DSS think of you in connection with Group Decision and Negotiation. Please tell us about your history with that organization. MK: Melvin F. Shakun founded the Group Decision and Negotiation Section of INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, in 1989. The journal Group Decision and Negotiation started in 1992. Mel Shakun was President of the GDN section, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, until very recently. The GDN journal is not an INFORMS journal, but is ―affiliated‖ with INFORMS and its GDN section, and has always been published by Springer. I must have met Mel sometime in the 1980s, but I cannot remember exactly when or where. I think that I have always been on the Editorial Board of the GDN journal. The first time that I did any serious organizational work for the GDN section was as organizer of the GDN track (about 25 papers) at the INFORMS meeting in Montreal in 1998. Subsequently Mel asked Fran Ackermann and me to be Program Chairs for a meeting he was organizing in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. GDN 2000 was a great success, and kicked off the sequence of GDN meetings that have been held annually ever since. GDN meetings have taken place in Europe (11), North America (4), South America (1), and Australia (1). This year’s meeting will take place in China, adding another continent to our list. I believe that I am the only person to have attended every one of the GDN meetings. I have had many organizational responsibilities, including Program Chair (or Co-Chair) four times, Co-General Chair five times, and – for the first time, at GDN 2018 – Honorary Chair. In addition to activity in the GDN meetings, I have always been active in the GDN Section. Among other responsibilities, I was Vice-President from 2007 to 2014. After Mel Shakun stepped down, I became President of the GDN Section, from 2014 to 2017. Of course, I still attend GDN Board Meetings as Past-President. I was honoured to receive the GDN Outstanding Service Award at GDN 2017 in Stuttgart. I have another connection with GDN as well. In 2005, Mel Shakun suggested that it was time for a Handbook of Group Decision and Negotiation. The Handbook, that I edited with Colin Eden, was finally published in 2010, with the first copies available at GDN 2010 in Delft. It organizes the field, as of 2010, into 26 chapters totalling about 450 pages. Our Handbook has been quite successful, especially via downloads, and Springer recently contacted Colin and me about a second edition of the Handbook. We are currently organizing a formal proposal. EWG-DSS: How is it that you came into contact with EWG-DSS? MK: The first contact was really with Pascale Zaraté. She attended some GDN meetings, and was invited to give a plenary at GDN 2012 in Recife (Brazil). That was the first time that I talked to her at length, and she and I have worked together, off and on, since then. Subsequently, Pascale was Program Chair of GDN 2014 in Toulouse. The GDN meeting was co-located with the EWG-DSS meeting, and there was considerable overlap. It was in Toulouse that I met many of the regulars of EWG- DSS. Subsequent to Toulouse, I have attended three EWG-DSS meetings, in Plymouth, Belgrade, and Namur. In fact, the first two of those meetings were relatively convenient for me as they occurred while I was visiting in Toulouse. In 2017, I managed to include a trip to EWG-DSS during a shorter visit to Vienna. I regret that other commitments are going to prevent me from attending the 2018 meeting. I have very much enjoyed participating in the EWG-DSS meetings, and have always learned something interesting. I have appreciated the perspective of the EWG-DSS Board, which I joined in 2016. I look forward to more contact in the future. EWG-DSS: What do you see as the connection between GDN and Decision Support Systems? MK: We describe Group Decision and Negotiation as the empirical, formal, computational, and strategic analysis of group decision-making and negotiation, especially from the viewpoints of Management Science and Operations Research. The topic crosses many traditional disciplinary boundaries. It has connections to business administration and business strategy, management science, systems engineering, computer science, mathematics, and law, as well as economics, psychology, and other social sciences. Decision Support Systems arise in GDN in both group decision support and negotiation support. Group support systems, usually designed to help a group formulate ideas, develop or understand its preferences, and make choices, have received much attention in the field. Support for various forms of meeting would be included in this category. Negotiation support is similar, but is usually designed to aid a specific individual, who is not obligated to join in a group decision. You can see how specialized group support systems are a big part of GDN. EWG-DSS: You have told us a great deal about conferences and academic organizations. Please tell us something about your academic work. How does it relate to GDN and EWG-DSS? MK: My doctorate is in mathematical game theory. In fact, I like to tell people that I am an applied mathematician, and that my applications are in social science and not natural science. One of my research topics is the Graph Model for Conflict Resolution, first developed in the 1980s with Keith Hipel and Liping Fang. My colleagues wanted a model like a non-cooperative game, but with simpler preferences, no strong rationality assumptions, and no mixed strategies. We were inspired by Howard Raiffa, who said that ―for a long time, I
  • 5. 5 found the assumptions made in standard game theory too restrictive for it to have wide applicability.‖ The graph model has proven to be widely applicable, especially to political-social- technical-environmental interactions. Over 100 published papers apply it, and one of the decision support systems that implements it, GMCR II, has over 75 registered users around the world. A graph model consists of a finite set of decision-makers (DMs) and a finite set of states. Each DM has a preference ordering over the states (as outcomes of the interaction), and controls some state-to-state transitions, recorded as the DM’s directed graph. A graph model begins at a status quo state and ends when the DMs either cannot move the conflict from its current state, or choose not to. A stability definition is a model of a DM’s decision whether to move away from a state; there are seven different definitions in regular use. A state is unstable for a DM who would choose to move away from it, and stable otherwise. A state stable for all DMs is an equilibrium, and is a natural prediction of a possible outcome. We are still exploring the implications of the graph model structure, as well as using it to model and understand situations of strategic conflict. For example, we have recently been thinking about hierarchical graph models, in which we embed smaller graph models inside larger ones and study how the structure changes the stability. GDN also included the analysis of group decision situations – for example, what would a good choice look like? This description fits another of my research area of mine: fair division procedures. Consider a few people who are sharing a non-homogeneous cake (so that different people have different preferences over different pieces). The idea is to let the individuals make choices according to their own preferences, but to find a set-up in which each individual ends up with a piece (or pieces) of cake that he or she prefers to what others receive. While this line of research may not seem close to Decision Support, the complexity of some procedures for large, complicated ―cakes‖ creates a need for computational assistance. One of my research themes that is a little further from Decision Support is the analysis of rules governing behaviour. One specific example – clearly applicable to group decisions – is voting and the design of elections. Many complex forms of election are easy to conduct these days, but good ballots, and good procedures for counting them, are either hard to find or hard to understand. Moreover, badly chosen voting procedures often have unintended consequences. I am studying both single-winner and multi- winner elections, especially those in which the set of candidates has some structure. In fact, I have been involved in many research projects, including many that do not fit into the summaries I just gave. Many of them are still on the go. Looking back, I feel that I have been fortunate to be able to pursue my interests, often in widely divergent areas. As a result, I do not have much disciplinary loyalty, and am always on the lookout for relevant problems that I can address. Of course, I have not always been successful, but, on balance, I am happy with the academic career I have had. EWG-DSS: Marc, we sincerely thank you very much for this informative and enjoyable interview! It was a pleasure to learn about your research and your other contributions. Good Luck with all your endeavours. We at EWG-DSS hope to continue to collaborate with you and to see you at our conferences and meetings! Obituary Bernard Roy 1934-2017 Bernard Roy * was born in 1934 (March) at Moulins (Allier) in the centre of France. He graduated in Mathematics in 1954 from (at that time unified) Université de Paris. He then obtained a postgraduate degree in Applied Mathematics in 1957 from the ―Institut de Statistiques de l’Université de Paris‖. This was followed by a PhD in Graph Theory, supervised by Claude Berge, in 1961. Already in 1957 Bernard Roy, just married to Françoise, started working, first for the CNRS and then for a newly established consulting company which, in turn, would become SEMA METRA International, a highly successful company and among the first to introduce at European level the use of Operational Research and Management Science in real world problems. In 1962 SEMA METRA created a Scientific Division, directed by Bernard Roy, who was in charge of developing methods and tools for the consulting activity of the company. Many acclaimed Operational Researchers had the opportunity to come to know OR through the activities of this division and the quarterly journal ―Revue Scientifique de SEMA METRA‖ (whose editor in chief was Bernard) published between 1964 and 1977 and one of the most innovative journals in OR in Europe. Bernard’s interest in Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis started during this period. In 1972 Bernard left SEMA joining the newly established ―Université Paris Dauphine‖, where he became full professor in 1974. In the same year he established a research centre which is known as LAMSADE, as well as one of the first Masters Degrees in France in Operational Research and Management Science, both of them being active today and internationally recognised. Bernard retired in 2001 turning to emeritus, but until his very last days has been very active in research and consulting. During these years Bernard trained PhD students, many of whom are among the most prominent OR researchers in Europe today. Bernard Roy’s contributions in Operational Research started from scheduling theory where he contributed (in the early 60s) one of the most original methods based on an ―activity on node‖ formulation. Later on he contributed to graph theory with several outstanding results summarised in a two-volume book, still reputed today as fundamental in this area. However, Bernard is now internationally recognised as being the founder of a distinguished school in Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis based on a constructivist approach to problem structuring and formulation as well as for creating a series of Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding Methods, named outranking methods, using concepts and tools from social choice theory and graph theory. In 1975 Bernard Roy created the EURO MCDA working group, within the just established Association of European Operational Research Societies. The group have met regularly since then, every six months, (the last meeting, the 86th, took place in Paris last October) creating one of the most enduring scientific contributions in OR. Bernard has been President of AFCET (as was named the French society representing OR at that time) in 1976-78 as well as Honorary President of ROADEF (the French OR society). He has been president of EURO in the years 1985-86. He received the EURO Gold Medal in 1992 and the International MCDM Society Gold Medal in 1995 as well as the EURO Distinguished Service Medal in 2015.
  • 6. 6 He has been received as Docteur Honoris Causa in six Universities (VUB, Liège, Fribourg, Pozna´n, Laval and Crete). Bernard Roy already started having visual impairment problems as a child. This problem never being solved turned him almost blind as a young man and ultimately completely blind, while he remained fully active in science. This did not impede Bernard in pursuing his astonishing scientific career, but he was also able to establish a happy family, to be a wine enthusiast and to travel all around the world. He lost his beloved Françoise in 2015, but he is survived by four children and many grandchildren. Bernard leaves behind him an immense scientific and human legacy: a legacy to be continued by the tens of scholars trained by him and the hundreds of researchers and practitioners who have been influenced by his original vision of Operational Research Theory and Practice. Paris 29/10/2017 Alexis Tsoukiàs LAMSADE, France * This text is essentially based upon an extended article which appeared in 2011: Denis Bouyssou & Daniel Vanderpooten, Bernard Roy, pp. 753–773, in Profiles in Operations Research: Pioneers and Innovators, A. A. Assad & S. I. Gass (Eds.), Springer, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4419-6280-5 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. Winner of the 2017-Award: Marta Dell’Ovo has been awarded the EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems EWG-DSS 2017 Young Researcher of the Year award with the paper ―Multicriteria decision making for healthcare facilities location with visualization based on FITradeoff method‖ presented during the EWG- DSS 2017 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology in Namur, Belgium, May 29 – 31, 2017. We sincerely congratulate Marta! The official award ceremony will be held at the 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. EWG-DSS 2018-Award The EWG-DSS 2018 Award will be given to the best paper or most innovative presented work, among the research work submitted to the 2018 EWG-DSS organized scientific events, namely the ICDSST – PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 in Heraklion, Greece. You will be informed about the winner before the end of 2018. 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. 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/ Next EWG-DSS Award in 2019 The “EWG-DSS Award 2019″ can be yours! Participate in the ICDSST2019! 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 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  Decision Support Systems VIII: Sustainable Data-Driven and Evidence-Based Decision Support 4th International Conference, ICDSST 2018, Heraklion, Greece, May 22–25, 2018, Proceedings Editors: F. Dargam, P. Delias, I. Linden, B. Mareschal. This book constitutes the proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Decision Support Systems, ICDSST 2018, held in Heraklion, Greece, in May 2018. The main topic of this year’s conference was ―Sustainable Data- Driven and Evidence Based Decision Support‖. The 15 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 71 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: decision support systems for a sustainable society; decision support systems serving the public; decision support systems in management and organization; and advances in decision support systems’ technologies and methods. The EWG-DSS series of International Conference on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST), starting with ICDSST 2015 in Belgrade, were planned to consolidate the tradition of annual events organized by the EWG- DSS in offering a platform for European and international DSS communities, comprising the academic and industrial sectors, to present state-of-the-art DSS research and developments, to discuss current challenges that surround decision-making processes, to exchange ideas about realistic and innovative solutions, and to co-develop potential business opportunities. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783 319903149  Multiple Criteria Decision Aid: Methods, Examples and Python Implementations Authors: Jason Papathanasiou and Nikolaos Ploskas
  • 7. 7 To be published in 2018 by Springer Multiple criteria decision aid (MCDA) methods are illustrated in this book through theoretical and computational techniques utilizing Python. Existing methods are presented in detail with a step by step learning approach. Theoretical background is given for TOPSIS, VIKOR, PROMETHEE, SIR, AHP, goal programming, and their variations. Comprehensive numerical examples are also discussed for each method in conjunction with easy to follow Python code. Extensions to multiple criteria decision making algorithms such as fuzzy number theory and group decision making are introduced and implemented through Python as well. Readers will learn how to implement and use each method based on the problem, the available data, the stakeholders involved, and the various requirements needed. Focusing on the practical aspects of the multiple criteria decision making methodologies, this book is designed for researchers, practitioners and advanced graduate students in the applied mathematics, information systems, operations research and business administration disciplines, as well as other engineers and scientists oriented in interdisciplinary research. Members’ Recent Publications  Claudia Loebbecke, Arnold Picot. Reflections on societal and business model transformation arising from digitization and big data analytics: A research agenda. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2015, Pages 149-157. (The paper was the most cited JSIS paper in 2017) Book Announcements  Exploring Intelligent Decision Support Systems Current State and New Trends. Editors: R. Valencia- García, M.A. Paredes-Valverde, M.d.P. Salas-Zárate, G. Alor- Hernández. Springer, 2018. This book presents innovative and high-quality research regarding advanced decision support systems (DSSs). It describes the foundations, methods, methodologies, models, tools, and techniques for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating advanced DSSs in different fields, including finance, health, emergency management, industry and pollution control. Decision support systems employ artificial intelligence methods to heuristically address problems that are cannot be solved using formal techniques. In this context, technologies such as the Semantic Web, linked data, big data, and machine learning are being applied to provide integrated support for individuals and organizations to make more rational decisions. The book is organized into two parts. The first part covers decision support systems for industry, while the second part presents case studies related to clinical emergency management and pollution control. https://www.springer.com/la/book/97833 19740010  Practical Decision Making using Super Decisions v3. An Introduction to the Analytic Hierarchy Process. Authors: Enrique Mu and Milagros Pereyra- Rojas. Springer, 2018. This book offers a simple introduction to the theory and practice of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) without a pre- requisite for a sophisticated mathematical background. AHP is an intuitive and mathematically simple methodology in the field of multi-criteria decision making in Operational Research (OR). Using Super Decisions v3, the newly developed software by the Creative Decisions Foundations, this book provides a quick and intuitive understanding of AHP using spreadsheet examples and step-by-step software instructions. Super Decisions v3 marks a drastic departure from the previous version 2 in terms of interface and ratings model development. In addition to a concise guide, instructional videos are also available to demonstrate how to use the different features of Super Decisions v3. Most AHP books assume the reader has basic OR mathematical background; however, AHP was developed with the goal that decision makers can take advantage of this methodology without struggling with the mathematics behind it. For this reason, only basic arithmetic knowledge is required from the readers. In conclusion, this book delivers a quick and practical understanding of the AHP methodology that can be useful for corporate executives and decision- makers in all fields. https://www.springer.com/la/book/97833 19683683  Artificial Intelligence in Decision Support Systems for Diagnosis in Medical Imaging. Editors: Suzuki, Kenji, Chen, Yisong. Springer 2018. This book offers the first comprehensive overview of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in decision support systems for diagnosis based on medical images, presenting cutting-edge insights from thirteen leading research groups around the world. Medical imaging offers essential information on patients’ medical condition, and clues to causes of their symptoms and diseases. Modern imaging modalities, however, also produce a large number of images that physicians have to accurately interpret. This can lead to an ―information overload‖ for physicians, and can complicate their decision-making. As such, intelligent decision support systems have become a vital element in medical-image-based diagnosis and treatment. Presenting extensive information on this growing field of AI, the book offers a valuable reference guide for professors, students, researchers and professionals
  • 8. 8 who want to learn about the most recent developments and advances in the field. https://www.springer.com/la/book/97833 19688428  Socio-Technical Decision Support in Air Navigation Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities. Editors: Tetiana Shmelova, Yuliya Sikirda, Nina Rizun, Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem and Yury N. Kovalyov. The integration of technology into the aviation system planning has allowed for more stable, yet increasingly complex, models that enable better analysis techniques and new approaches to decision-making. These modern advances ensure higher productivity in addressing various planning problems. Socio-Technical Decision Support in Air Navigation Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a critical scholarly resource that contains a systematic analysis of formalized factors affecting socio-technical systems operators and how these factors influence decision-making process of professional and non-professional activities in air navigation systems. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics, such as dimensional modeling, applications of decision support systems, and semantic analysis, this book is geared towards academicians, future pilots, aviation dispatchers, engineers, managers, and students. https://www.igi-global.com/book/socio- technical-decision-support-air/179718 CoPForestDSS News The March 2018 newsletter of the Community of Practice (CoP) on Forest Management Decision Support Systems, has been already published. Please check the website: http://www.forestdss.org/CoP/ Thanks to all group members who contributed to this section. Presentation of the Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (SYDIC) The Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (SYDIC) has been founded with the idea of being an Italian branch of the international System Dynamic Society, with the goal of supporting all the activities carried out by the Society for the dissemination and promotion of the system thinking approach and the system dynamics methodology at a national level. Currently SYDIC counts more than 50 Italian associates from all over Italy and abroad. Among its members, it includes several top-notch scholars from the Italian academic & scientific community representing knowledge and competences from different knowledge areas. The main objectives of the Chapter are to promote the development and increased utilization of the System Dynamics (SD) methodology in Italy and abroad, to stimulate the interchange of learning and research in related fields and to promote and develop educational programs related to the SD methodology. In details, the organization aims at reaching specific purposes as the following: • to report at the national level the state of the art of the System Dynamics methodology dissemination and uptake, thus favouring the diffusion of best practices among national SD users; • to establish formal and operative links with other European SD communities or International chapters (e.g., through common research projects or collaboration oriented to develop applied / research models, to organize capacity building activities, or to diffuse the SD methodology); • to encourage and facilitate research works among people belonging to different universities/companies; • to create events and opportunities (seminars, meetings, work groups) to exchange knowledge and experiences in SD between SYDIC members and the external world; • to promote the interdisciplinary collaboration among users of the SD approach in different research areas or applied fields in order to establish new operative networks; • to promote the hybrid use of System Dynamics and Systems Thinking also in conjunction with other disciplines, in particular with other modelling and simulation techniques (i.e. ABM, discrete event, etc.) as well as with IT techniques (i.e. Visual Analytics, Big Data, etc.) so to establish a new approach to decision making through a new framework proposed into decision sciences known as Smart Model- based Governance. Contacts: info@systemdynamics.it Web: www.systemdynamics.it 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 those scientific events, our group has made a step forwards to 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. In the section below you find a chronological list of all places where EWG-DSS organized events up to the current year. EWG-DSS Meetings 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;
  • 9. 9 . 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, . Heraklion (Greece) – 2018, . Lubjlana (Slovenia) – 2018; . Valencia (Spain) – 2018. Events in 2017 ICDSST 2017 ICDSST 2017, EWG-DSS 3 rd 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 was 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 was 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‖, was 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. The ICDSST 2017 in Namur, organized by Isabelle Linden was a great success! The ICDSST 2017 offered a pleasant conference environment for all participants, within the beautiful city of Namur! A few highlights from the ICDSST-2017 conference in Namur for you below. We wish to take this opportunity to thank again Isabelle and all her Team from the University of Namur for the warm and very pleasant hosting of our ICDSST conference in their lovely city! Isabelle Linden & Univ. Namur Team
  • 10. 10 Prizes from Sponsors Since 2013 the EWG-DSS has been distributing sponsor prizes for selected authors of presented papers in its organized conferences. During the ICDSST 2017 in Namur in May 2017, the following licenses of DSS-area-related software packages were sorted among the participants as prizes for best presented papers:  A License of Analytica Enterprise, sponsored by 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.  A free virtual consulting session on Coaching on EU Funding for International Projects with REACH Innovation Consultancy. www.reach-consultancy.eu. IFORS 2017 IFORS 2017, The 21st Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies 17-21 July 2017, Quebec, Canada. www.ifors2017.ca. Main Theme: “OR/Analytics for a better world”. The EWG-DSS organised and chaired five sessions at IFORS 2017 Conference, taking place in Quebec during 17-21 July 2017, under the ―Stream: Decision Support Systems‖. The five sessions covered important topics in decision making and decision areas including decision theory, intelligent DSS, DSS technologies, DSS applications, and MCDM/MCDA. A great number of EWG-DSS members attended and contributed to discussions at the sessions. See the description of the sessions below: Session TA-16: Intelligent DSS Chair: K. Nadia Papamichail Tuesday, 8:30-10:00, 308A  A next-item recommendation approach based on Borda majority count, by Li-Ching Ma  New evidential reasoning modelling approach for data driven system analysis and prediction, by Shuaiyu Yao, Jian-Bo Yang, Dong-Ling Xu, Paul Dark  The impact of organizational factors on knowledge sharing performance, by Oluwafemi Oyemomi  Factors affecting knowledge-based decision support systems in multinational corporations, by Mahmoud Abdelrahman, K. Nadia Papamichail Session TB-16: DSS applications Chair: Oluwafemi Oyemomi Tuesday, 10:30-12:00, 308A  A preference modelling approach in tourism destination choice based on the FITradeoff method, by Rodrigo José Pires Ferreira, Alexandre Leoneti, Adiel Teixeira de Almeida  Forecasting of bivalve landings with multiple regression and data mining: The case of the Portuguese artisanal dredge fleet, by Manuela Maria de Oliveira, Ana Camanho, John Walden, Vera Miguéis, Nuno Ferreira, Miguel B. Gaspar  Assessing airline competition – A multi attribute decision making approach, by Aman Gupta  A comparative study on breast cancer risk factors assessment, by Tuncay Gürbüz, Elif Do˘gu, Y. Esra Albayrak Session TD-16: MCDM/ MCDA DSS Chair: Caroline Mota and Adiel Teixeira de Almeida Tuesday, 15:00- 16:30, 308A  C1: Multi-criteria model to identify vulnerable areas: An application in a Brazilian context, by Debora Pereira, Caroline Mota, Martin Andresen  Map-based multicriteria analysis to support stakeholder-oriented urban energy scenarios, by Sara Torabi Moghadam, Patrizia Lombardi, Jacopo Toniolo, Francesca Abastante, Isabella Lami  Decision aid with partial information using FITradeoff for preference elicitation, by Adiel Teixeira de Almeida, Eduarda Frej, Rodrigo José Pires Ferreira  Flexible and interactive DSS for ranking problematic, by Eduarda Frej, Adiel Teixeira de Almeida Session TE-16: DSS technologies Chair: Adiel Teixeira de Almeida and Caroline Mota Tuesday, 16:45- 18:15, 308A  Pricing real options premium based on conditional value at risk concept, by Kyongsun Kim, Chan S. Park  Relative inner evaluation of an individual by interval group AHP, by Tomoe Entani  Improving educational quality through QFD and AHP, by Tetsuro Morita, Yuki Muro, Aozora Kawana, Shin-ichiro Yokoyama, Tsutomu Mishina  Sequential exploration with geological dependencies and uncertainty in oil prices, by Babak Jafarizadeh Session WA-16:Decision theory Chair: Shaofeng Liu Wednesday, 8:30-10:00, 308A  Complexity, decision support and human behaviour, by Winnie Pelser  R&D project selection using recent advances in multicriteria ordinal classification methods, by Edy López Cervantes, Eduardo René Fernández González  Aggregating opinions on ordinal proximities among linguistic terms of qualitative scales, by José Luis García-Lapresta, Raquel Gonzalez del Pozo, David Perez-Roman Picture taken during IFORS 2017. IFORS 2017 – EWG-DSS DSS Stream.
  • 11. 11 The EWG-DSS wishes to express its gratitude to all members who helped with chairing the sessions in the DSS Stream in IFORS2017. Many Thanks! Events in 2018 ICDSST 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 focuses 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: - Decision Support Modelling - 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. ICDSST PROMETHEE Days 2018 Invited Speakers & Talks The 4th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology - ICDSST 2018 & PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 – counts with five highly qualified invited speakers. Professor Jean-Philippe Waaub, University of Quebec, Canada. Talk: Multicriteria and multi- stakeholder decision aid: lessons learned from environmental case studies Professor Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Talk: Including stakeholders in the decision and evaluation process: the possibilities of the MAMCA methodology Professor Kostas Stathis, Royal Holloway University of London, UK. Talk: Prolegomena for decentralised decision-making platforms – An agent environments perspective Professor Milosz Kadzinski, Poznan University of Technology, Poland. Talk: Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding in action: using the diviz software Dr Stefano Armenia, SYDIC, Italy. Talk: When two worlds collide: the new era of Smart Model-based Governance
  • 12. 12 ICDSST 2018 Publications  Proceedings of ICDSST – PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 on ―Sustainable Data-Driven & Evidence-based Decision Support with applications to the Environment and Energy sector‖, (abstract of accepted short papers).  Springer book Lecture Notes In Business Information Processing (LNBIP), (accepted full papers).  Special Issue in the International Journal of Decision Support System Technology (IJDSST).  Special Issue in the Kybernetes.  Special Issue in the International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural (IJSAMI).  Special Issue in the International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences (IJIDS). Papers in this special issue will be selected from the relevant special session. EWG-DSS @IFIP DSS 2018 The 19th Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems IFIP DSS 2018 will be held during 13- 15 June 2018, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The theme of the conference is “DSS Research Delivering High Impacts to Business and Society” Details of CfP are available from the IFIP DSS 2018 website: http://ifip2018dss.ijs.si The EWG-DSS is coordinating on the IFIP DSS 2018 Conference Section 2, about "DSS for Risk, Safety, Security and Uncertainty Management", which will happen on 13.6.2018, between 14:00 and 15:30. Come and Participate! The EWG-DSS is very grateful to the IFIP WG8.3 DSS Group for this collaboration at IFIP DSS 2018! DSS Stream @EURO 2018 The EWG-DSS is involved in the organisation of the EURO 2018 conference, the 29th European Conference on Operational Research, organised in Valencia, Spain from 8 to 11 July. The executive board of the EWG-DSS selected eight papers for two sessions within the stream Decision Analysis, Decision Support Systems, DEA and Performance Measurement:  Group Decision Processes  Decision Support Systems: AI Techniques. These sessions will be chaired by Shaofeng Liu and Pascale Zaraté. During the EURO-k Conference the EURO Distinguished Service Medal Award (EDSM) is assigned to one researcher. The EDSM was approved by the Executive Committee in July 2006. The EDSM should honour extraordinary efforts and should be awarded for recognition of distinguished service to EURO and to the profession of OR. The award is officially bestowed in conjunction with a EURO-k Conference, if there is a suitable candidate. Following a presentation of the competition by the chair of the jury, the laureate receives the EURO Distinguished Service Medal Award and a diploma. Only one award may be made on each occasion. The jury of the EURO Distinguished Service Medal 2018 is composed by: Ulrike Leopold- Wildburger (Austria) - chair, Roman Słowiński (Poland), Pascale Zaraté (France), Sally Brailsford (UK), Hans Ittmann (South Africa). The winner will be revealed during the conference. EWG-DSS Upcoming Events in 2019 - 2020 ICDSST 2019 www.icdsst2019.wordpress.com 5th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology - ICDSST 2019 Dates: May 27 th – 29 th , 2019 Place: Madeira Island, Portugal. UMA University of Madeira http://www.uma.pt/
  • 13. 13 Conference Theme: “Decision Support Systems: Main Developments & Future Trends” A look backwards over the last 30 years to evaluate how well we stand on the research areas of Decision Making and in which direction we should better proceed. Past event in Madeira: The creation of EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems EWG-DSS within the EURO Summer Institute on DSS in May 1989. Photo from 1989 – EWG-DSS Creation The EWG-DSS plans to invite all the founding members present in Madeira in 1989 for celebrating the 30 years anniversary of our group during the ICDSST 2019. ICDSST 2019 Honorary Chairs: Prof. José Paixao, Portugal Prof. Jean-Pierre Brans, Belgium (to be confirmed) ICDSST 2019 Organizing Committee: The EWG-DSS Coordination Board with special collaboration of its Portuguese speaking members: Fatima Dargam, Rita Ribeiro, Ana Luisa Respício, António Rodrigues, Jorge de Souza, among others from the EWG- DSS Portuguese community. ICDSST 2019 Local Organizers: - Prof. Paulo Sérgio Abreu Freitas e-mail: paulo.freitas@staff.uma.pt & - Prof. Jorge Nélio Ferreira e-Mail: jorge.nelio.ferreira@staff.uma.pt Conference Venue: University of Madeira, UMA – Rectory, Colégio dos Jesuítas – Rua dos Ferreiros 9000-082 Funchal, Madeira, PT. More about the venue and about Madeira can be found in the Website www.icdsst2019.wordpress.com . ICDSST 2019 Call for Papers The Organizing Committee of the ICDSST 2019 invites 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 DSS challenges to submit their work to the ICDSST 2019. In order to enforce the 30 Years Celebration of the EWG-DSS, all founding members of the EURO Working Group of Decision Support Systems and senior Collaborators from other DSS Communities, who have consistently contributed to the research in the DSS area in last years, are highly encouraged and invited to submit their contributions and participate in the conference. We encourage submissions addressing (among others) the suggested topics listed below. Suggested topics for ICDSST 2019:  Advances in applied Decision Support Systems  Decision Making Integrated Solutions within Open Data Platforms  Knowledge Management & Resource Discovery for Decision Making  Decision Making Methods, Technologies and Real-Industry Applications  Geographic Information Systems and Decision Making/Support  Decision Making, Knowledge management and Business Intelligence  DSS for Business sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship  Decision Making in High & Medium Education  Innovative Decision Making Approaches/Methods and Technologies  Big Data Analytics Approaches for solving Decision Making Issues  Big Data Visualization to support Decision Analysis and Decision Making  Social-Networks Analysis for Decision Making  Group & Collaborative Decision Making  Multi-Attribute & Multi-Criteria Decision Making  Approaches & Advances in Group Decision Making  Approaches & Advances in Negotiation Decision Support Systems  Decision Making in the Health Sector. Deadlines for submission: Submission of Full Papers: 30 November 2018 Notification of acceptance: 15 February 2019 Camera ready version: 28 February 2019 Submission of Short Papers: 1 March 2019 Notification of acceptance: 10 April 2019 Camera ready version: 20 April 2019 Submission of Posters: 15 March 2019 Notification of acceptance: 10 April 2019 Camera ready version: 20 April 2019 ICDSST 2019 Publications:
  • 14. 14 As in previous EWG-DSS ICDSST Conferences, accepted papers may be published through various means, including the conference proceedings, Springer book series – Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP), Special Issues in DSS related journals, or recommended for publications in other suitable journals.  Springer book Lecture Notes In Business Information Processing (LNBIP), (Topic and Guest Editors to be announced) (for accepted full papers).  Proceedings of the ICDSST 2019 on ―Decision Support Systems – Main Developments & Future Trends‖ (containing abstracts of all accepted papers, with an ISBN number). Guest Editors to be announced.  Special Issue in the IJDSST Journal of Decision Support Systems Technology. (Guest Editors and Topic to be announced).  Other Special Issues in related DSS Journals (Journals, Guest Editors and Topics to be announced). For updated information about the Conference visit the ICDSST-2019 site: www.icdsst2019.wordpress.com . The EWG-DSS Coordination Board hopes to celebrate with you all its 30 years in the ICDSST 2019 in Madeira! ICDSST 2020 6th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology Where? Zaragoza, Spain, University of Zaragoza, https://www.unizar.es/ When? May 2020 . Local Chair: Prof. José María Moreno Jiménez https://i3a.unizar.es/en/investigadores/jo se-maria-moreno-jimenez The ICDSST 2020 local organizer, José María Moreno, is a long-term and active member of the EWG-DSS, as well as an EWG-DSS Advisory Board Member. Preliminary Conference Theme: “Decision Support Systems & E- Governance” The Conference Website will be online soon.https://icdsst2020.wordpress.com Other Events IFIP DSS 2018 19 th Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems (IFIP DSS 2018). “DSS Research Delivering High Impacts to Business and Society”. 13-15 June 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The IFIP WG 8.3 conference committee welcomes both academic and practitioner community contributions on a wide range of topics using a range of scholarly approaches that showcase the latest innovations and achievements in decision support and decision making. Submitted contributions that showcase methodological advances and real case studies will be especially welcomed. All contributions will be peer-reviewed and the acceptance of a contribution will be based on the originality of the work, the relevance to the conference theme and its overall quality. The 2018 Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8.3 will highlight the applications, methods, analytics, stakeholders and impacts of decision making and decision support in today’s society and business. Suggested research topics (presented as conceptual/theoretical, empirical, design science and case-based approaches, amongst others) can include, but are not limited to:  Decision Support, Methodologies, Systems & Software  Decision Making, Behaviours, Data & Decision Models  Business Analytics, Intelligence & Knowledge Discovery For more details, please visit the homepage: http://ifip2018dss.ijs.si/ AMCIS 2018 24 th Americas Conference on Information Systems. AMCIS 2018: Digital Disruption. New Orleans, LA, USA, August 16-18, 2018. Invited are the submissions of Full (completed) Research Papers; Emergent Research Forum (ERF) papers; Workshops and Tutorials; Panels; Professional Development Symposia (PDS); and Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) Talks to the 24th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2018), which will be held August 16-18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. AMCIS brings together academics and industry professionals around the world to exchange knowledge related to the AMCIS 2018 theme, Digital Disruption. Digital disruption is the powerful transformation that drives how businesses create value with new digital technologies. Digital disruption transforms all industries, and manifests itself through a variety of digital tools, services, and artifacts. It fuels more rapid and on-going innovation in businesses. For businesses, digital disruption is not an if, but a when. Having the understanding and ability to respond to digital disruptions is key for businesses to maintain competitive advantage. For more details, please visit the homepage:https://amcis2018.aisnet.org/ ECIS 2018 European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2018. Beyond Digitization – Facets of Socio- Technical Change. June 23rd – 28th 2018 / Portsmouth, UK ECIS 2018 will take place in Portsmouth, UK, at the University of Portsmouth, where it is hosted by the Systems and Information Systems
  • 15. 15 Research Group in the School of Computing. The theme of the conference: ―Beyond Digitization – Facets of Socio-Technical Change‖ reflects that information systems (IS) consist of both human and technical aspects. The development of the IS discipline since the 1960’s has been characterised by efforts to achieve a forward trajectory from a software- centred focus towards a human-centred focus. This is reflected in the agendas of many of the original socio-technical movements, and underpins the recent resurgence in interest in socio-technical ideas. The foundation of the IS discipline (in the late Sixties) is built on the proposition that any artefact on which we turn an IS lens cannot be seen as hardware, software or human-based in isolation. This is still true in an increasingly digital world. We, in the IS discipline, are constantly faced with the reality that we engage and pursue an agenda to facilitate change, or redevelopment of organized human activities. The digital world has and is resulting in fundamental changes throughout society affecting organisations and human endeavour. The socio-technical theme provides a base to make sense of IS within the digitized world. For more details, please visit the homepage: http://ecis2018.eu/ PACIS 2018 PACIS 2018. Pasific Asia Conference on Information Systems. June 26-30, 2018. Yokohama, Japan The 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2018) will be held at Yokohama, Japan, after the successful series of PACIS since 1993. PACIS is the main international Information Systems (IS) conference and the only AIS sponsored conference in the Pacific Asia Region. The primary purpose of PACIS is to enable regional and international Information Systems researchers and practitioners to meet in an annual forum that maximizes the opportunity for the exchange of information. The world’s Information Systems industry and research specialists, and academia are cordially invited to participate in a wealth of presentation, tutorials, special sessions and social activities for the advancement of Information Systems and Management. For more details, please visit the homepage: http://pacis2018.org/ ICCSA 2018 The 18th International Conference on Computational Science and Applications (ICCSA 2018). July 2 - 5, 2018, Melbourne, Australia in collaboration with the Monash University, Australia. ICCSA 2018 will be the next event in a series of highly successful International Conferences on Computational Science and Its Applications (ICCSA), previously held in Trieste, Italy (2017), Beijing. China (2016), Banff, Canada (2015), Guimaraes, Portugal (2014), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2013), Salvador de Bahia, Brazil (2012), Santander, Spain (2011), Fukuoka, Japan (2010), Suwon, Korea (2009), Perugia, Italy (2008), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007), Glasgow, UK (2006), Singapore (2005), Assisi, Italy (2004), Montreal, Canada (2003), and (as ICCS) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2002) and San Francisco, USA (2001). 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. For more details, please visit the homepage: http://www.iccsa.org/ IEEE DSAA 2018 2018 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA-2018). October 1 - 4, Turin, Italy 2018 The IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) aims to be the flagship annual meeting spanning the interdisciplinary field of Data Science. DSAA focuses on the science of data science, as well as the implications of the science for applications to industry, government, and society. From the science side, DSAA spans all of the component fields of data science, including statistics, probabilistic and mathematical modeling, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, complexity science, network science, business analytics, data management, infrastructure and storage, retrieval and search, security, privacy and ethics. From the applications side, DSAA aims both to show researchers important problems and issues that are revealed by real applications, and to show practitioners and users how the science can be applied to realize value. DSAA is intended to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of data science and analytics, as an alternative to the highly specialized disciplinary conferences. DSAA 2018 in Turin, Italy, is the 5th annual installment of the conference. This year brings the collaboration of the American Statistical Association, to complement the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the ACM SIGKDD. This year DSAA also adds the support of the ISI Foundation, which has worked for 35 years to break down traditional silos in the sciences of complexity and data. For more details, please visit the homepage: https://dsaa2018.isi.it/home IEMSS 2018 9 th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. "Modelling for Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Systems". June 24-28 2018, Fort Collins, USA Colorado State University is excited to host the 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. The 2018 congress is themed ―Modelling for Sustainable Food- Energy-Water Systems‖ with an objective to foster the exchange of ideas and solutions leading to methods and techniques for managing these systems effectively and efficiently. For more details, please visit the homepage: http://iemss2018.engr.colostate.edu/
  • 16. 16 ____________________ EWGDSS Collab-Net Project V5. The project Collab-Net works on a Social Network Perspective of DSS- Research Collaboration in Europe, within the EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS). Currently the Collab-Net project is in its Version 5 and counts with an intensive research cooperation between the EWG-DSS Coordination Members and their teams and the research team of the Management Engineering Department of the Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, under the supervision of Prof. Ana Paula Costa. Posters of Collab-Net in its version 5 are presented in 2018 in the ICDSST PD Conference in Greece and in the IFIP- 2018-DSS Conference in Lubjlana, Slovenia. The figure below summarizes the work being carried out in Collab-Net Version 5.The EWG-DSS Collaboration Academic Social Network Project (Collab-Net) targets mainly to disseminate research being conducted by members of the group. Project Collab-Net Version 5 (2018) The earlier developments 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, from the University of Macedonia in Greece, under the supervision of Jason Papathanasiou; and from 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. In 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 (Online version 3) was presented in the ICDSST 2016 in Plymouth. http://www.slideshare.net/ewgdss/icdsst -2016-postercollabnet-60168735. Interested to collaborate? We need volunteers to support us on this EWG-DSS Collab-Net project! Please contact us if you think you can help! Thanks. 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/ Research Projects Research Collaboration among EWG-DSS Members Horizon2020 RUCAPS The RUC-APS H2020 Project ―Enhancing and implementing Knowledge based ICT solutions within high Risk and Uncertain Conditions for Agriculture Production Systems‖ (www.ruc-aps.eu, 691249) started in October 2016. This is a €1.3MRISE grant and his funding will cover four years of advance research and innovation in developing Collaborative and participatory developments in international Agri-Food value chains. The RUC-APS Project is the result of bold thinking and an absolute commitment to International Agriculture Production Systems under a value chain context. To help achieve this, a multi- disciplinary team has been assembled featuring people expert in agriculture, biological science, logistics, product management, innovation, risk, mathematical modelling and computer science. The aim is to create a validated framework for real-life agriculture-based decision making by integrating the high impact research being carried out across the world in each of these areas. Hence, there are three main drivers for this project; climate and global weather change, crises in global economies and the current speed of technological evolution. The success of RUC-APS relies on the competitive collaboration coming from institutions such as: the University of Plymouth in the UK, experts in knowledge management and strategic planning; the Royal Agriculture Society of England in the UK, expert in soil planning and nutrition; the Bretagne Development Innovation in France, expert in current innovation challenges in agriculture in Bretagne; the University of Larraine in France, expert in Systems Interoperability; The Universite Toulouse Capitole 1 in France, expert in Decision Support Systems; the System Research Institute in Poland, expert in dynamic planning and data analytics; the CNR Institute of Sciences of Food Production in Italy, expert in agriculture and food innovation; the Innovation agency in agriculture in Meteponto – Italy, expert in agriculture plant sciences; the UniversitatPolitècnica de València in Spain, expert in Operational Research Models in Supply chains; AINIA Technological Centre in Spain, expert in ICT based projects managements and risk analytics; the Valencian agriculture federation in Spain, expert in international food safety requirements; the national institute of Agriculture in Chile, expert in horticulture production systems and plant science; the Universidad de La Plata in Argentina, expert in agronomy and peri-urban developments and in computer science and networked based solutions, the University of Liverpool integrative Biology Institute in the UK, expert in intensive agriculture; the University of Liverpool Risk Institute in the UK, expert in Risk analysis and the University of Liverpool Management School, expert in modelling, simulation and optimisation of operations management process. In this project, two EWG-DSS members are involved: Prof. Pascale Zarate, from UCT1 and Prof. Shaofeng Liu, from UoP. We look forward to the good work that lies ahead as we continue to be inspired by our faith and willingness to contribute to real-life industry challenges, especially in Agri-Food supply Chain Systems. Dr. Jorge Hernandez
  • 17. 17 RUC-APS EU-H2020 Project Coordinator Associate Professor in Operations & Supply Chain Management Marketing & Operations Subject Group Director of Education University of Liverpool Management School, UK Support for Projects REACH Innovation Consultancy Your Partner for International Research, Development and Innovation Projects. www.reach-consultancy.eu REACH Innovation Consultancy has a close relation with the EWG-DSS, since Fátima Dargam, one of its founding members and of the Coordination Board member since 2007, acts there as Technical Manager Director. REACH is an Austrian consulting company dedicated to Innovation Management, as well as Development, Management, Proposal Preparation and Dissemination of International Projects. Since 2017 REACH is one of the sponsors of the ICDSST. For ICDSST – PROMETHEE Days 2018 in Heraklion, Greece, in the period of May 22 - 25, 2018, REACH will offer the conference’s participants the possibility of getting a free consulting session. 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 PROMETHEE Days 2018 Conference and be a candidate for REACH's prize! REACH Innovation 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 News about Members News from Claudia Loebbecke Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke, M.B.A. from the Department of Media and Technology Management, University of Cologne, Germany. https://www.wiso.uni- koeln.de/de/forschung/find-an-expert/experts/prof- dr-claudia-loebbecke-mba/ Prof. Claudia Loebbecke proudly became member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (www.euro-acad.eu), upon nominaton and election in 2018. We warmly congratulate Claudia for this achievement! Members Meeting in Lisbon Photo: Lisbon, April 2018. The EWG-DSS founding and long-term members: Ana Luisa Respício, Rita Ribeiro, Fatima Dargam and António Rodrigues met in Lisbon last April to follow up the arrangements about the organization of the next ICDSST in Madeira in 2019, when the EWG-DSS will also celebrate its 30 Years of existence. They are trying to organize a great event in Madeira, joining – if possible - most of the participants of the original summer institute in Madeira in 1989 when the group was created. If you are one of the EWG-DSS founding members, do not wait to be contacted first. Get in touch for arrangements of your participation in the ICDSST 2019! Meeting Jean-Pierre in Namur Photo: Namur, May 2017. Some EWG-DSS founding members met during the ICDSST 2017. We show here a snapshot of a very happy moment of the re-encounter of one of the organizers of the summer institute in Madeira in 1989, Jean-Pierre Brans, with Pascale Zaraté and Fatima Dargam. The re-encounter happened during the 3 rd EWG-DSS Conference ICDSST2017 in Namur, Belgium last
  • 18. 18 year. It was a real pleasure to have Jean-Pierre back in the EWG-DSS organized events! We had a great time! Other Announcements Experience & Competence EWG-DSS Members - Institutions Research & 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 EWG-DSS page linked below https://ewgdss.wordpress.com/experien ce-competence/ you find a summary of some EWG-DSS Members-Institutions about their experience and competence in research and development for projects’ collaboration. The EWG-DSS is very grateful to all group members who sent contributions to this Newsletter. Disclaimer - Financial Aspects The EWG-DSS organizes its meetings, conferences and workshops, counting with the annual EURO financial 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. Disclaimer - Privacy Policy Treatment & Data Protection The EWG-DSS follows the current regulations and the appropriate procedures in the treatment and data protection. Your personal data will only be used by the EWG-DSS for the purposes identified below, following the General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR) and ensuring the confidentiality and integrity the data.  The EWG-DSS is responsible for the processing of the personal data of its members in its associates database or in its conference participants database, following the terms of the data protection legislation in force in the European Union (GDPR).  The EWG-DSS collects personal data in the following situations: - If the person completes the request of interest in joining the EWG-DSS and in receiving our Newsletter. - If person completes the request for contact in the EWG-DSS homepage or via Social Media. - If person collaborates with the EWG- DSS in projects.  The personal data collected by the EWG-DSS may include your name, email address, telephone number, address, curriculum vitae, list of publications, among others.  All EWG-DSS Members personal data is stored on the protected servers of the EWG-DSS, being accessed and used exclusively under our declared policies.  The EWG-DSS does not share the personal data provided by its members with any other entity, without previous permission.  The EWG-DSS is responsible for implementing all necessary security measures to help protect and maintain the security, integrity, and availability of your personal information.  The EWG-DSS is responsible (together with its service providers and collaborators) for making every effort to implement and maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect its members’ personal data in accordance with the applicable data protection requirements (apart from the known fact that data transmission over the internet or website cannot guarantee complete security w.r.t. intrusions).  The EWG-DSS is responsible for the continuous monitoring of access to information technology systems, in order to detect and prevent misuse of personal data.  The EWG-DSS stores your data only for the period in which the purpose for which it was collected is valid. (For instance, if you are attending a conference organized by the EWG- DSS and you are not a member of the group, your personal data will not be stored in the EWG-DSS’ main database after the processing of the conference has finished).  Whenever the EWG-DSS needs to use its members’ data in any study that may be externally distributed, the data will be anonymised.  Whenever a member decides to leave the EWG-DSS, his/her personal data will be completely removed from our databases. This means that the person will no longer be contacted nor will receive further communications from the EWG-DSS. Contribution to next Newsletters Every member is very welcome to contribute to the EWG-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”