Decision Systems Laboratory

Director: Deborah Thurston

The Decision Systems Laboratory research addresses the problem of tradeoffs under uncertainty during the design of engineering systems. Examples of systems include the product design and manufacturing system, a portfolio for product take-back and remanufacturing system, and an energy generation and supply system. Tradeoffs include attributes such as cost, environmental impact, quality, and reliability. A normative approach is taken; what design decisions best reflect the decision maker's true preferences? External funding for this research comes from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, industry, and the Environmental Protection Agency.