Decision-Making SIG Workshop

Design Decision-Making in Organisational Complex Systems

31st January and 1st February 2019

The Stephen Hawking Building, Cambridge, United Kingdom


The Decision-Making SIG’s next workshop will take place at the Engineering Design Centre of Cambridge University. The workshop is organised to discuss and deliver a big and discipline-bridging picture of decision-making in product design and development. The workshop will contain individual presentations, invited talks, group activities, and poster session.

Overview of the workshop

Making the right decision at the right time is a challenge, which also requires the right data to be readily accessible to the right people. This is often difficult in practice not only because of uncertainty in available information and organisational behaviour, but also because of the complex interplay between the main elements of the system. The aim of this workshop is: (1) to understand the nature of decision-making within complex business and engineering design processes; and (2) to explore the value of modelling, simulating and visualising decisions. This is an opportunity to provide all participants with an overview of existing state-of-the-art knowledge on modelling decisions and decision-making; a chance to shape the future research agenda in this important area; and explore the ancient beauty of science in Cambridge.

Organising Committee

  • Prof P. John Clarkson, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (Organising Chair)
  • Prof Sandro Wartzack, University Erlangen-Nuremberg (SIG chair)
  • Prof Julie Le-Cardinal, Ecole Centrale Paris (SIG chair)
  • Dr Camille Jean, Arts et Métiers Paris-Tech (SIG chair)
  • Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre (Organising Chair)

Objectives of the workshop

  • Understanding business significance of decision-making and decision support tools
  • Unpacking advances in developing decisions support tools in research and in industry
  • Understanding how to model decisions in complex systems
  • Providing an interactive environment to practice and learn from each other
  • Refining the research road-mapping to setup the future agenda in design decision-making

Main themes of the workshop

  • Part 1: Exposing the complexity of Design Decisions-Making
    (with respect to the other design-related fields and the human-in-the-loop)
  • Part 2: Modelling Decisions and Decision-Making
    (at the early phases of a new Product, Service, or PSS development process)
  • Part 3: Visualising Decisions and Decision-Making
    (focusing on making a transparent interaction between the decision-maker and system)
  • Part 4: Identifying the landscape for future research projects
    (refining the future research agenda in Decision-Making, as a cross-disciplinary field)

Call for Poster Contributions

You are invited to contribute a poster to this workshop and present your thoughts on modelling decision support tools. It is not mandatory for attending this workshop. However, due to the limited available space for this workshop, the priority will give to the individuals with an accepted poster. Accepted posters will be exhibited in a poster session at the end of the first day of workshop and will be published in the workshop proceeding.

To submit a poster to this workshop, send your abstract (no more than 300 words) via e-mail to before 10th Nov 2019. Please indicate the theme (amongst the suggested topics: model building, simulation, and visualisation) that is most relevant to your abstract in the subject. We encourage you to submit your abstracts in the format of MS Word or PDF. Instructions on making the posters will be provided upon acceptance of the abstract.

Important dates

  • Opening call for (300 words) abstracts for poster session: 10th Sep 2019
  • Closing date for abstract submission: 10th Nov 2019
  • Notification of outcome of abstract review process: 20th Nov 2019
  • Deadline for receipt of posters and registration to the workshop: 15th Dec 2018
  • Workshop dates: Thursday 31th Jan – Friday 1st Feb 2019

Suggested poster topics (but not limited to)

Model building: advances in developing principles, concepts, methods, and standards:

  • Decision-making in complex engineering systems
  • Decision-making in resilient organisations
  • Decision-making and digital transformation (covering IoT and Industry 4.0)
  • Offline and online decision-making
  • Decisions and decision-making in different disciplines
  • Transferring the concepts from other domains into decision science


Model simulation: advances in developing methods, tools, and techniques for modelling decisions:

  • Decision-making for process excellence
  • Decision-making and change management
  • Agent-based decision-making models
  • Applications of AI and machine learning for decision-making
  • Data-driven decision support tools
  • Decision-making in an interconnected systems of systems


Model visualisation: interactive visualisation and analytics, including implementation and evaluation:

  • Industrial application of decision support tools
  • Intelligent and interactive decision support tools
  • Human-in-the-loop decision-making systems
  • Experiences in development of tools and techniques for decision analytics
  • Experiences in development of cloud-based decision support systems
  • Experiences in validation of decision support tools with real constraints


The workshop sessions will be held at the Cavonius Centre, The Stephen Hawking Building, where wrote the popular-science book “A Brief History of Time”. The workshop dinner (in the evening of 31st January 2019) will take place at The Fellows Dining Room, Old Courts, the historic and traditional site in the heart of the city centre.


There is a registration fee of 160 British Pounds for this workshop. The fee covers the workshop venue, workshop dinner, catering and equipment, and poster proceedings. To register to this workshop, please send an e-mail to, specifying “registration-your name” in the subject. Further information will then be sent to you.

If you have any other question, please feel free to contact Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad via e-mail:

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