• de Almeida, Adiel T.
  • Ehrgott, Matthias
  • Ekel, Petr
  • Figueira, José Rui
  • Fonseca, Carlos M.
  • Geiger, Martin J.
  • Greco, Salvatore
  • Huber, Sandra
  • Kadzinski, Milosz
  • Keeney, Ralph L.
  • Köksalan, Murat
  • Morais, Danielle C.
  • Słowiński, Roman

Adiel T. de Almeida

Adiel Teixeira de Almeida is Full Professor of management engineering at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco and founding coordinator of the CDSID (Center for Decision Systems and Information Development). Before his current position, he worked in business organizations as engineer and manager, including project manager and program manager of R&D projects. He holds a PhD in management engineering from The University of Birmingham, UK. He has a research Grantee for Productivity in Research from the Brazilian NRC (CNPq), since 1996. His main interests are in decision-making related to multiple objectives and group decision problems, which includes methodological issues and applications. Also, he has been working as a consultant and with R&D projects for private and public organizations, where he has applied decision models in many contexts, such as: risk analysis, reliability and maintenance, project portfolio, R&D project portfolio, project management, strategic modeling, outsourcing, information systems, supply chain, and water management. He authored or co-author several scientific papers in reviewed journals related to a variety of topics such as: Operational Research, Group Decision, Decision Systems, MCDM/A (Multicriteria Decision Making and Aid), Risk, Reliability, Maintenance, Safety, Quality, and Water Resources. He serves on the editorial board of management and engineering scholarly journals, such as: Group Decision and Negotiation, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics and Journal of Quality and Reliability Engineering. He has been an active member of the main societies related to Operational Research, Group Decision, MCDM/A, Risk, Reliability and Maintenance topics. Currently, he serves the Executive Council of the Group Decision and Negotiation Section of INFORMS and the Executive Committee of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making.

Matthias Ehrgott

Matthias Ehrgott studied Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany where he obtained Masters (1992), PhD (1997) and Habilitation (2001) degrees. In 2000 he moved to the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as a lecturer and became full Professor in 2011. Currently he is Professor and Head of the Management Science Department at Lancaster University Management School in the UK. Matthias’ research interest is in multi-objective optimization, which he applies in a variety of areas such as medicine, transportation, and manufacturing. He has published about 80 journal papers, book chapters and proceedings contributions on theory, methodology, and applications of multi-objective optimization. In addition he has authored and edited about 30 books, proceedings volumes and special issues of journals on the topic. The book “Multicriteria Optimization” (Springer, 2005) is a standard monograph in the field. In total his work has been cited more than 8,000 times (Google Scholar). He serves on the editorial board of 10 journals, including Computers & OR, and Journal of Global Optimization. Since 2002 he has been on the Executive Committee of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, where he is the current president elect. From 2008 to 2012 he has been Vice President of the Operations Research Society of New Zealand. He organized the 19th International MCDM Conference in 2008 and was on the programme committee of many other international conferences.

Petr Ekel

Professor Petr Ya. Ekel has experience in research, teaching, public service, and consulting. More than 50 projects related to system modeling, optimization, and control, including power system planning and operation, have been developed under his leadership or with his participation. He has published over 290 works: books (the last his book is “Fuzzy Multicriteria Decision-Making: Models, Methods, and Applications” with W. Pedrycz and R. Parreiras), book chapters, journal and conference articles, state standards, patent). He obtained his Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. degrees from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute (KPI) and D.Sc. (habil.) degree from the Higher Certifying Commission of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. He has ranks of Senior Researcher, Full Professor, and Academician of the Ukrainian Academy of Engineering Sciences. From 1990 to 2004 he was a Full Professor at KPI. He is at present a Full Professor of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, supervisor of Ph.D. studies at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and Executive Director and Principal Consultant at the Advanced System Optimization Technologies, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  He was and is a member and honorary member of the editorial boards of 15 journals (in “Information Sciences”, “International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications”, and “Operations Research”, is also an associate editor). In his research, he combines Operations Research, Decision Making, and Computational Intelligence. Professor Ekel’s research activities are addressed the following groups of problems: general problems of modeling and optimization under different levels of information uncertainty; discrete, stochastic, and fuzzy programming; multicriteria decision making, including decision making (individual and group) in a fuzzy environment; fuzzy identification and control; soft computing technology and heuristic procedures; risk management; construction of rational mathematical models, including sensitivity models, and their analysis on the basis of experimental design.

José Rui Figueira

José Rui Figueira is Associate Professor at University of Lisbon and researcher at CEG-IST, Center for Management Studies of Instituto Superior Técnico and associate member at LORIA laboratory, Nancy, France. Professor Figueira taught and did research also at University of Evora, University of Coimbra, Nancy’s School of Mines, and Technical University of Lisbon. Former member of LAMSADE (University Paris-Dauphine), INESC-Coimbra and DIMACS (Rutgers and Princeton Universities) research centers. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1996 in the field of Operations Research from University of Paris-Dauphine and his HDR at the same University in 2009 in the field of Multiple Criteria in Operations Research and Decision Aiding. Professor Figueira’s current research interests are in decision analysis, integer programming, network flows and multiple criteria decision aiding, medical decision-making. His research has been published in such journals as Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of Mathematical Modeling and Algorithms, European Business Review, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 4OR: A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, OMEGA-The International Journal of Management Science, Journal of Global Optimization, International Journal in Operational Research, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Applied Soft Computing, Computers and  Mathematics with Applications, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Evolutionary Computing Journal, Journal of Scheduling, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, Group Decision and Negotiation, Computational Optimization and Applications, Discrete Optimization, Discrete Applied Mathematics, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Energy Conversion and Management. He is the co-editor of the books, “Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis: State of the Art Surveys, Springer Science + Business Media, Inc, 2005 and “Trends in Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis, Springer Science + Business Media, Inc, 2010. He currently serves as Editor of the Newsletter of the European Working Group on Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding and one of the coordinators of this group. He is also the Book Editor Section of the European Journal of Operational Research and Associate Editor of Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and of the International Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Making. He is a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for MCDM.

Carlos M. Fonseca

4-CarlosCarlos M. Fonseca is an Associate Professor at the Departament of Informatics Engineering  of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and the Head of the Evolutionary and Complex Systems (ECOS) group of the  Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC). His research has been devoted mainly to evolutionary computation and multi-­objective optimization. In the 1990’s, he proposed MOGA, a “first­-generation” multi­objective evolutionary algorithm with support for progressive preference articulation through goals and priorities, and began the development of the attainment­-function approach to the experimental evaluation of stochastic multi-­objective optimization algorithms. Since then, he has focused on the study of evolutionary algorithm dynamics, including representation and convergence aspects; further development of statistical methodologies for the experimental evaluation of multi-­objective optimization algorithms, and of efficient algorithms to support them; and the development of new, computationally efficient, approaches to preference articulation in evolutionary multi-objective optimization. Carlos Fonseca was a General co­Chair of the International Conference on Evolutionary Multi­-Criterion Optimization (EMO) in 2003, 2009 and 2013, and a Technical co-Chair of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) in 2000 and 2005. He is a member of the Evolutionary Multi­-Criterion Optimization Steering Committee, and of the Portuguese Operations Research Association (APDIO).

Martin J. Geiger

Martin Josef Geiger formal qualifications are based on his studies in “Wirtschaftswissenschaften” (Economics and Business Administration) at the Universität Hohenheim at Stuttgart, Germany, which he completed 1999 with a Diploma ranking 4th of all graduating students (=top 3%). He is also “Doktor der Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Dr. oec.)” (summa cum laude) (Universität Hohenheim; submitted 2004, awarded 2005), and hold the academic degree of Master of Philosophy in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, UK. Also at the Universität Hohenheim, he successfully completed a postdoctoral “Habilitation”, earning the “Venia Legendi” in “Betriebswirtschaftslehre” (Business Administration; submitted 07/2008, awarded 2009). Prior to joining the faculty of the Helmut-Schmidt-University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg in July 2009, he held a position as a tenured Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense campus, Denmark (2008–2009). Before, he was an “Akademischer Rat” (translates to something like a non-tenured Assistant Professor) at the “Lehrstuhl für Industriebetriebslehre” (Production and Logistics Management Department) of the Universität Hohenheim at Stuttgart, Germany (2005–2008). From 2003 to 2005, he was member of the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group at the University of Nottingham, UK, conducting research on a project involving an industrial partner from the printing industry. 2001 to 2002: research and teaching assistant, “Lehrstuhl für Industriebetriebslehre” (Production and Logistics Management Department), Universität Hohenheim at Stuttgart, Germany. He gained some industry experience during his times as a business consultant at “Bauder Management Partner” (now called averi) in Stuttgart, Germany (1999–2000). In 2008, he ranked first for a W3 (full) professor position at the Mercator School of Management of the Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany, an offer he declined (instead, he moved to Odense, Denmark, see above).


Salvatore Greco

Salvatore Greco is Professor of General Mathematics and Financial Mathematics at the Department of Economics and Business of University of Catania University, Italy, and part time professor at the Portsmouth Business Scholl, University of Portsmouth University, UK. He received his degree in Economics from the University of Catania, Italy, in 1988 and has been an active researcher in the area of Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding (MCDA), Rough Set Theory, non-additive integrals since 1994. He is one of the three editors of a state-of the art surveys collection in MCDA that has become a reference text in the domain and he received the Multiple Criteria Decision Making Gold Medal (2013). Prof. Greco is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

Sandra Huber

SandraSandra Huber is a member of the Logistics-Management Department at the Helmut-Schmidt-University, University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany since 2013. Prior to this position, she received her M.Sc. of Science at the Helmut-Schmidt-University. In 2016 she was awarded with her PhD degree with a thesis on Interactive Multiobjective Optimization in Supply Chain Management – Local search strategies for Rich Vehicle Routing Problems (advisor: Professor Martin Josef Geiger). Sandras’ research area is in decision support and supply chain management. She is particularly interested in multi-objective combinatorial optimization, interactive approaches and the simulation of preference information. Currently, she is editing a book with Martin Josef Geiger and Adiel T. de Almeida with the title Cases based on Multiple Criteria Decision Making/ Aiding Methods: Building and Solving Decision Models with Computer Implementations. In 2015 she helped to organize the 23rd International MCDM Conference. Also, she is part of the newsletter editorial team of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making. She won the EURO/IFORS scholarship for the ELAVIO 2015, February 23–27, 2015, Quito, Ecuador.

Milosz Kadzinski

Miłosz Kadzinski is an Assistant Professor at the Poznan University of Technology, member of the Laboratory of Intelligent Decision Support Systems (IDSS) within the Institute of Computing Science. He received his M.Sc. in Computer Science (2008) from Poznan University of Technology and defended his PhD thesis in 2012. He is an author of not less than 25 papers published in JCR journal such as Omega, EJOR, INS, C&OR, DSS, GDN, JOGO, MLJ, IJITDM, and KBS. His research interest are in Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (Preference Learning, Rough Sets, Robustness Analysis), Interactive and Evolutionary Multiple Objective Optimization, Data Envelopment Analysis, and Information and Software Technologies. Since 2009, he has been an active contributor to the Decision Deck project (http://www.decision-deck.org/project/) which aims at collaboratively developing Open Source software tools implementing MCDA methods. He is the winner of MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Award 2013 and top 3 finalist of EURO Doctoral Dissertation Award 2013.

Ralph L. Keeney

Ralph L. Keeney received Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Research Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Duke University, and Research Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California. His areas of expertise are decision analysis, risk analysis, and systems management. He is an authority on decision making with multiple objectives and value-focused thinking. During his professional career, Dr. Keeney has contributed substantially toward the development of decision analysis and risk analysis. His experience includes corporate management problems, public policy, risk analyses, and large-scale siting studies (e.g., airports, power plants). Dr. Keeney has been a consultant for several organizations including Fair Isaac, Seagate Technology, American Express, British Columbia Hydro, Pacific Gas and Electric, BC Gas , Kaiser Permanente, Hewlett-Packard, the Electric Power Research Institute, Greater Vancouver Regional District, International Institute of Management (Berlin), Ministry of Public Works (Mexico), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Professor Keeney’s books, which have been translated into numerous languages, include Decisions with Multiple Objectives with Howard Raiffa (1976, 1993), Value-Focused Thinking: A Path to Creative Decisionmaking (1992), and Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions, with John S. Hammond and Howard Raiffa (1999). He recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Canada and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the U.S.

Murat Köksalan

Murat Köksalan is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University.  He was the founding President of the INFORMS Section on Multiple Criteria Decision Making and is the President of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making for the term 2015-2019.  He holds BS, MS degrees from Middle East Technical University and a PhD degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.  He has been a visiting professor at SUNY Buffalo, Purdue University, and Aalto University on various occasions.  The young researcher award of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, The MCDM Gold Medal of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, and the Science Award of the Parlar Foundation are among the awards he received.  He won the first prize at the INFORMS Case Competition with various co-authors four times.  He is in the editorial boards of several journals.  His academic interests include multiple criteria decision making, combinatorial optimization, heuristic search, combinatorial auctions, and preparing teaching cases.  He has published extensively in these areas in scholarly journals.

Danielle C. Morais

Danielle Costa Morais is associate professor in the Management Engineering Department at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) since 2007, Director of Post-Graduate Program of Management Engineering at UFPE (2008-2010 and 2013-corrently) and director of research group on Decision and Negotiation for Water Management (DNW). She is Civil Engineering and received her Master and PhD degrees in Management Engineering from UFPE, Brazil. Actually she is researcher of Brazilian Research Council (CNPq). Her research interest includes Group Decision and Negotiation, Operational Research and Water Resources Management.



Roman Słowiński

11-RomanRoman Słowiński  is a Professor and Founding Chair of the Laboratory of Intelligent Decision Support Systems at the Institute of Computing Science, Poznań University of Technology in Poland. Since 2002 He is also Professor at the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He is a full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and, presently, elected president of the Poznań Branch of the Academy. He is also a member of Academia Europaea. In his research, he combines Operations Research and Computational Intelligence. Today Roman Słowiński is renown for his seminal research on using rough sets in decision analysis, and for his original contribution to preference modeling and learning in decision aiding. He is recipient of the EURO Gold Medal, and Doctor Honoris Causa of Polytechnic Faculty of Mons, University Paris Dauphine, and Technical University of Crete. In 2005 he received the Annual Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science – regarded as the highest scientific honor awarded in Poland. Since 1999, he is principal editor of the European Journal of Operational Research, a premier journal in Operations Research. He is coordinator of the EURO Working Group on Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding, and past president of the International Rough Set Society.

Other contributers

Speakers for Applications, real world problems:

  • Caroline Maria Miranda Mota, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Marcelo Hazin Alencar, Assistant Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Hipolito Marcelo Losada López,  Engineer and Manager, Energisa (Energy Company)
  • Rodrigo Jose Pires Ferreira, Assistant Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Danielle Costa Morais, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco


  • Coordination Sandra Huber, Danielle Morais and  Luciana Alencar
  • Mentoring: Sandra Huber, Danielle Morais, Luciana Alencar, Rodrigo Ferreira and all lecturers
  • Support for planning and structuring: Martin Geiger