Elections 2019

The International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making
Executive committee election for the term 2019-2023

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Society is the body that makes the major decisions of the Society.

This year,

  • one new President-Elect,
  • one new Vice-President of Finance and
  • four new (regular) members

need to be elected. 

There are

  • two candidates for President-Elect,
  • one candidate for Vice-President of Finance and
  • eight candidates for (regular) members of the EC.

The candidates who receive the most votes, respectively, will be elected for the EC. All six new members are elected for four years. The new President-Elect will be President of the Society for the term 2023-2027.

Below you find the candidates for President-Elect, Vice-President of Finance and the (regular) members with a short bio and a photo.

The two candidates for President-Elect have formulated an additional statement how they want to impact the MCDM society which you find as an attachment below.

The voting period will start on September 23, 2019 and end on October 6, 2019 at midnight MEST (UTC/GMT+2:00). All those who are members of the Society by June 30, 2019 can vote. Each member will receive an E-mail with a link and detailed instructions for voting.  Please make sure your E-mail address in our database is up to date.  If your E-mail has changed, please write to secretary@mcdmsociety.org to update your E-mail address.


The candidates for President-Elect are:

1.       José Rui Figueira (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa,  Portugal)

José Rui Figueira is Associate Professor with Habilitation at IST (ULisboa) and researcher at CEG-IST. He also taught at Universities of Évora and Coimbra, and the Nancy’s School of Mines (where he got a Full Professor position in 2010). He is a former member of LAMSADE, INESC-Coimbra, LORIA and DIMACS research centers. Professor Figueira is the co-editor of the book, "Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis: State of the Art Surveys, Springer, 2016 (2nd Edition). He currently serves as a coordinator of the European Working Group on Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding. He is Associate Editor of JMCDA, member of editorials of EJOR and belongs to the advisory board of other scientific international journals. In 2017 he was awarded with the Gold Medal of the society  (please click here for further information).


The statement of José Rui Figueira is available below as attachement.


2.       Kathrin Klamroth (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany)

Kathrin Klamroth leads the optimization group at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. The team has a strong research focus on multiple objective optimization, spanning the bridge between discrete and continuous optimization and applications. Kathrin received her PhD at the University of Braunschweig in 1994. In 2002, she attained her Habilitation at the University of Kaiserslautern. After six years at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, she moved to Wuppertal in 2008. Kathrin has been an executive committee member of the International Society on MCDM from 2006-2010 and since 2013. In 2019, Kathrin received the Georg Cantor award of the Society on MCDM (please click here for further information).

The statement of Kathrin Klamroth is available below as attachement.


The candidate for Vice-President of Finance is:

1.       Birsen Karpak (Youngstown State University, USA)

Dr. Birsen Karpak is a distinguished professor of Management, Youngstown State University, Youngstown Ohio, USA. She has been VP of Finance, International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making since 2004. Dr. Karpak has secured grants from US National Science Foundation and NATO and directed an International Advanced Study Institute on Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Risk Analysis with Dr. Stanley Zionts. She also organized International Institute for Applied System Analysis Symposium on Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis. She served as a program committee co-chair for the International Symposium on Analytical Hierarchy Process (ISAHP) and on the scientific Program Committee of MCDM international conferences since 2004.

She published in a variety of journals including Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, European Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management and International Journal of production economics (please see Google Scholar). Her recent publications are mainly in applications of multiple criteria decision making methodologies (please click here for further information).

The candidates for members of the EC are:

1.       Carlos Coello Coello (CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico)

Dr. Carlos A. Coello Coello has a PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University (USA). He is currently Full Professor at the Computer Science Department of CINVESTAV-IPN (in Mexico City, México). He has more than 470 publications, which currently report over 45,000 citations in Google Scholar (his h-index is 82). He is currently in the editorial board of several international journals and has received several awards, including Mexico’s National Medal of Science in “exact sciences”, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award and the TWAS Award in Engineering Sciences. His main research interests are related to bio-inspired metaheuristics for multi-objective optimization (please click here for further information).

2.       Salvatore Corrente (University of Catania, Italy)

Salvatore Corrente has received a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics in 2005, a Master degree in Mathematics in 2008 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2012 all at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Catania. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economics and Business of University of Catania from 2014, August 1 to 2017, July 31. He is currently researcher at the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Catania. His research interests concern Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Interactive Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization (please click here for further information).

3.       Kalyanmoy Deb (Michigan State University, USA)

Kalyanmoy Deb is the Koenig Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University, USA. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). With an h-index of 113 he is a pioneering researcher in the area of evolutionary multi-objective optimization having published more than 275 research papers. In 2019 he was the general chair of the EMO-2019 conference. He also served on the executive committee of the MCDM Society for the first time from 2013 to 2017. (Matthias Ehrgott) (please click here for further information).

4.       Michalis Doumpos (Technical University of Crete, Greece)

Michalis Doumpos is Professor of Operations Research and Decision Science at the School of Production Engineering and Management of the Technical University of Crete, Greece. His research interests include multiple criteria decision aid, preference learning and disaggregation analysis, business analytics, decision support systems, as well as their applications in various areas in business and finance. He has published more than 90 papers in premier research journals and several books, edited volumes, book chapters, conference papers, and special issues. In 2019 he received the Gold Medal Award from the International Society of Multicriteria Decision Making (please click here for further information).


5.       Miłosz Kadziński (Poznan University of Technology, Poland)

Miłosz Kadziński (born 1984) is an Assistant Professor at Poznan University of Technology and a member of the Polish Young Academy. He holds the MCDM Doctoral Dissertation Award 2013. He has been distinguished with the scientific awards by EURO, INFORMS, Polish Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Science. He has been acknowledged with ten Best Reviewer Awards by EJOR, Omega, and GDN. He acts as a co-president of the Decision Deck consortium. His research interests include preference learning, robustness analysis as well as strengthening the interfaces between MCDM and other sub-disciplines of algorithmic decision theory. He has published more than 45 papers in premier international journals such as Omega, EJOR, DSS, INS, COR, KBS, and ML (please click here for further information).

6.       Hatem Masri (University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain)

Hatem Masri is an Associate Professor at the University of Bahrain. He received his PhD in Operations Research in 2004 from the University of Tunis. His research interests include Multiple Objective Stochastic Programming, Financial Engineering, and Vehicle Routing Problems. Hatem's research has been published in more than 12 international journals (EJOR, JORS, ANOR, ...) and he edited several Books and journal special issues. He is Treasurer of the African Federation of Operational Research Societies, General Secretary the Tunisian Decision Aid Society. Hatem is member of the steering committee of MOPGP and ICMFII conferences endorsed by the International Society on MCDM (please click here for further information).

7.     Caroline Mota (University of Pernambuco, Brazil)

Caroline Mota is Associate professor at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, and obtained her Ph.D. in engineering management in 2005. She is Deputy Director of the Brazilian Society of Operations Research (SOBRAPO), Director of the research group on Project Management, and researcher at CDSID (Center of Decision Systems and Information Development). Her research interests include Multiple Criteria Decision Making/Aid, Public policy decisions, Geographic information systems, and Project management. She has been awarded a grant of Productivity in Research by the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq). She also serves as associate editor and reviewer of scientific journals (please click here for further information).

8.       Francisco Ruiz (University of Málaga, Spain)

Francisco Ruiz is a full professor of Quantitative Methods for Economy at the University of Málaga in Spain. He teaches at graduate and masters courses, and in the PhD program in Economy and Business Administration. His research is focused on multi-objective programming, mainly in interactive methods and applications to decision making processes in industry, and development of synthetic indicators using multiple reference point techniques. With respect to the International Society on MCDM, he served as secretary from 2008 to 2015, and he was the chair of the 22nd International Conference of the society, held in Málaga (Spain), in June 2013 (please click here for further information).





Announcement Date: 
Thursday, August 15, 2019