Chengdu 2009

Business Meeting, Report of the Proceedings

June 23, 2009, Chengdu, China

Jyrki Wallenius chaired the meeting. (The number of members of the Society attending the meeting was about 90.)

To begin with, Jyrki Wallenius, the President of the Society, informed about the new domain name for the Society webpage: He reminded that the Society has no membership fees and wished new members welcome. Those who are interested in becoming a member of the Society are asked to go to the members section of the webpage, and submit the application form. Current members can also update their data on this site. It is especially important to have a valid email address.

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Secretary of the Society

Prof. Jyrki Wallenius introduced Francisco Ruiz, the Secretary of the Society.

Elections related to open offices: four positions in the Executive Committee

Prof. Kaisa Miettinen has chaired the Elections Committee. Besides the candidates nominated by the Committee, the members of the Society were able to nominate candidates.

There are eleven candidates for the four vacancies in the Executive Committee: in alphabetical order Dick Deckro, Jim Dyer, Matthias Ehrgott, Jose Figueira, Murat Köksalan, Gang Kou, Asim Roy, Roman Słowinski, Ilker Topku, Margaret Wiecek and Eckart Zizler.

The voting will be electronic, as in the previous elections. The members of the Society will receive further information about the voting procedure by email before the elections, which will take place in August 2009. All those who were members of the Society before the conference or joined before the end of July 2009, can vote. The voting will be an approval voting.

The next MCDM conference

In its meeting on Monday June 22, 2009, the Executive Committee accepted the proposal to organize the next MCDM conference in 2011 in Jyväskylä, Finland by Kaisa Miettinen. Jyrki Wallenius and Pekka Korhonen will be the chairs of the program committee. The conference will take place on June 13-17, 2011 Further details can be found in the webpage of the conference: .

Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

Prof. Jyrki Wallenius reported about the new editorial actions currently being taken in the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. Prof. Theo Stewart has been appointed editor-in-chief of the journal, and he has appointed more area editors. All researchers are encouraged to submit high quality papers, in order to support the journal in this new stage.

Upcoming Summer School

Prof. Jyrki Wallenius announced that the 10th MCDA Summer school, organized jointly by the EURO Working Group (EWG) on MCDA and the Society, will take place at the Ecole Centrale Paris, June 27th - July 8th, 2010, chaired by Vincent Mousseau.

Conference Proceedings

Finally, Jyrki Wallenius informed that there will be several special issues containing papers presented at the conference. Further details will be given after the conference banquet.

Jyrki Wallenius welcomed the input from the members of the Society.