Comparative Decision Making Studies

Analysis and Decision Support Tools

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Annual Conference - Invited Speakers

May 13-15, 2011
Lexington, KY

Our speakers are broad thinkers, differing in disciplinary affiliations and "centroids of expertise," whose work connects at some level with the theme of decision making analysis.

The Invited Papers (in alphabetical order)

The papers are in Adobe Acrobat format and password protected. You will be given instructions on how to access them when you register. You can also request a password from CDMS Contacts.



Ambiguous decisions in the human brain. Levy, I.
Ifat Levy, Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neurobiology at Yale University, works on neural mechanisms underlying human decision making.  

Behavioral approaches to decision making and problem solving. Fantino E. (presenter) & Stolarz-Fantino, S.
Edmund Fantino, Professor of Psychology, University of California San Diego, works on learning and motivation, illogical thinking and decisions, and other topics.  He collaborates with Stephanie Stolarz-Fantino, Research Professor of Psychology at the University of California San Diego. 

Can neuroeconomics help us understand economic decision making? Dean, M.
 Mark Dean, Assistant Professor of Economics at Brown University, is studying behavioral economics and neuroeconomics.

Computational decision support: regret-based models for optimization and preference elicitation. Boutilier, C.
 Craig Boutilier, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, works on decision making under uncertainty, including preference elicitation, mechanism design, game theory and multi-agent decision processes, economic models, social choice, computational advertising, Markov decision processes, reinforcement learning, and probabilistic inference. 

Creating institutions and incentives to improve risk management decisions: lessons from index-based livestock insurance in Mongolia. Skees, J. & Cavanaugh, G.
Jerry Skees, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky, works on public policy for natural disaster risk. He collaborates here with doctoral student Grant Cavanaugh.

Environmental decision making in the Argentine delta. Kane, S.
Stephanie Kane, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University, is an ethnographer who studies environmental activism and social justice. 

Forensic judgment and decision making. Fraser-Mackenzie, P. A. F. (presenter), Bucht, R. E. & Dror I. E.
Itiel Dror is a Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, and the Principal Consultant for Cognitive Consultants International (CCI).  He collaborates with Peter Fraser-Mackenzie, a Researcher at the Centre for Risk Research, University of Southampton, with expertise in cognitive psychology; and Rebecca Bucht,  forensic science advisor, working on a number of projects for the US Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Free will and its institutional boundaries: an economic perspective. Korn, E. & Ziesecke, J.
Evelyn Korn, Professor of microeconomics at the University of Marburg, Germany, has studied reproduction from both economic and biological perspectives.  She collaborates with Johannes Ziesecke, a doctoral student in microeconomics at the University of Marburg.

Historicity of understanding: why making a decision involves more than decision making. Bruce, B.C.
Bertram C. (Chip) Bruce, Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has worked extensively on applied epistemology in educational and community contexts. 

How People Make Security Decisions. Schneier, B.
Bruce Schneier is the Chief Security Technology Officer of BT, and an internationally renowned security technologist and author. 

Individual skills and decisions in novel environments. Sih, A.
Andrew Sih, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California Davis, is a behavioral ecologist working on individual variation in decision making based on animal personalities (aka behavioral syndromes).

Smarter lunchrooms: finding the right tools for the job. Just, D.
David Just, Associate Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, is Director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

The social nature of decision making. Morrow, J.
James Morrow is a Professor of Political Science and Research Professor for the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan; his work addresses theories of international politics.

Unjust convictions: shifting the balance of criminal justice from finality to accuracy. Crowley, S.A. & Neufeld, P. (presenter)
Peter Neufeld, is a co-founder and director of The Innocence Project at the Cardozo School of Law and is a partner in the civil rights law firm Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, in New York City. He collaborates with Sarah A. Crowley, associate in the law firm Gross Belsky Alonso, LLP, in San Francisco.