BACK TO THE FUTURE IN MADEIRA ISLAND?
Prof. José Manuel Pinto Paixão
Vice-Rector of the University of Lisbon, Portugal
He graduated in Mathematics from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (1973) and holds a doctorate in Management Science from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, UK (1984).
He currently serves as Vice-Rector of the University of Lisbon (ULisboa), having previously held several academic management positions. In particular, he was Director of the Faculty of Sciences of ULisboa (1993-02 and 2009-13).
In 1993, he founded an Operational Research Center, funded by FCT (national research agency in Portugal) whose management took over until 2003. His research activity has been especially devoted to the study and development of Combinatorial Optimization models applied to the resolution of real-life problems.
He is the author or co-author on circa a hundred scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals and books. He has led several R&D projects funded by the National Scientific Research Board (JNICT), the Innovation Agency (AdI) and the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He was the advisor of 13 PhD dissertations, 24 Master theses and 44 Internship reports.
He is a member of APDIO where he held different positions and organized several scientific meetings. At the international level, it has participated and collaborated in several EURO initiatives. In particular, it was the local organizer of the EURO Summer Institute on DSS (Madeira, 1989) and EURO XXIV (Lisbon, 2010).
From April to October 2003, he held the position of Deputy Secretary of State of the Minister of Science and Higher Education in the XV Government of Portugal, with direct intervention in the legislative package approved by the Portuguese Parliament in 2003 (amendments to the Basic Law of Education, Law of the Financing of Higher Education and Law of University Autonomy).
Talk: Back to the Future in the Madeira Island?
Thirty years ago, a group of young researchers from 16 different nationalities gathered at Madeira Island for a Summer Institute on Decision Support Systems (DSS), promoted by EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies).
The subject of the meeting was extremely challenging for the operational research community since, at the time, practitioners had difficulties to distinct a decision support system (DSS) from an expert systems (ES), an artificial intelligence technique.
The purpose of the Institute was to bring together a group of young scientists for contributing to the clarification of the concept of DSS from an Operational Research perspective. Eventually, making clearer the distinction between DSS and ES.
Today, I can say that much more than that has been achieved as it is well proven by the vitality of the EWG-DSS, a joint venture of the “Madeira Group” that became one of the most active working groups in the EURO.
In a simple tribute, I will try to outline the aspects that were fundamental for the success of the meeting held 30 years ago in Madeira. I believe that some of them still remain current and may be useful to achieve the objectives of ICDSST 2019.
In fact, research on DSS cannot ignore the vertiginous technology wave that we are seeing today and that poses questions that go beyond the technical and conceptual aspects dominant 30 years ago.
Inspired by the famous Zemeckis’ movie, I am strongly convinced that new “young McFly’s” will come to Madeira Island, enjoy the nice local atmosphere and pave the way for future developments on DSS research.