The EURO Working Group on Decision Support System EWG-DSS was founded during a memorable EURO Summer Institute on DSS that took place at Madeira, Portugal, in May 1989. This Summer Institute was organised by Prof. Jean-Pierre Brans and Prof. José Paixão (Honorary Chairs of the ICDSST 2019), among others. It counted with the participation of 24 young researchers of 16 different nationalities, shown in the group picture below.
Most of the participants of the EURO Summer Institute on DSS in Madeira in 1989 still continue nowadays to pursue their goals, working actively in their research areas related to OR and Decision Support Systems.
Since the foundation of the EWG-DSS, the number of members has substantially grown along the years. Now we are over 320 registered members coming from various nationalities. There has also been established quiet a few well-qualified research co-operations within the group members, which have generated valuable contributions to the DSS field in journal publications.
In 2019, apart from deploying the 5th EWG-DSS annual International Conference on Decision Support System Technology, the ICDSST 2019 event also has the objective of celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the EURO Working Group of Decision Support Systems EWG-DSS. Since 1989, the research area in DSS has substantially advanced and the EWG-DSS has consolidated its importance among the EURO Working Groups, by currently being one of its most stable and active groups considering its research initiatives and activities, and has considerably contributed to the research and development of DSS and co-related areas within the DSS communities at European and International levels.
The organization of the ICDSST 2019 in Madeira aims at recapitulating the developments of the Decision Support Systems area in the last 30 years, as well as enforcing the trends and new technologies in use, so that a consensus about the appropriate steps to be taken in future DSS research work can be established.
The EWG-DSS founding and long-term members: Rita Ribeiro, Fatima Dargam, Ana Luisa Respício, and António Rodrigues compose the core team of Conference Chairs, together with Pascale Zaraté and the local organizers: Paulo Sérgio Freitas and Jorge Nélio Ferreira. They are making all necessary arrangements so that the next ICDSST in Madeira in 2019 to be a success and a great celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the group!
Most of the participants of the original DSS EURO Summer Institute in Madeira in 1989 are expected to take part in the EWG-DSS 30th Anniversary Celebration!
If you are one of the EWG-DSS founding members, do not wait to be contacted first. Get in touch for arrangements of your participation in the ICDSST 2019!
Check the Call for Papers for ICDSST 2019 HERE!