Special Seminar: What is a Decision Problem? February 25, 2015


On February 25, 2015, Dr. Alexis Tsoukias, Research Director, The National Center for Scientific Research Laboratory for Analysis and System Modeling for Decision – LAMSADE Université Paris Dauphine, will give a talk on a universal decision making framework.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015  (*rescheduled from January 28, 2015*)

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: CoRE Bldg – 4th Floor, CoRE Seminar Room 431, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ

This seminar is a presentation of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), and Rutgers University Center for Operations Research (RUTCOR).


The talk introduces a general framework through which any type of decision problems should be characterizable. The aim of the framework is to show that only a finite number of primitive characteristics describe a decision problem, thus reducing the number of archetypes to a finite number of combinations. In the talk we present in some detail some of these characteristics. We also provide a number of simple examples in order to show how this framework helps in categorizing current decision problems, in reformulating decision problems and in constructing formal arguments for the decision aiding process.

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