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Sample records for decision making tools

  1. Influence Diagrams as Decision-Making Tools for Pesticide Risk Management

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    Newman, Michael C.

    Influence Diagrams as Decision-Making Tools for Pesticide Risk Management John F Carriger-based decisions about pesticide usage. Aside from technical data, pesticide risk management relies on diverse information on spraying efficacy and valuation of outcomes that would be necessary for making risk management

  2. Augmented cognition tool for rapid military decision making.

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    Taylor, Shawn Ellis; Bernard, Michael Lewis; Verzi, Stephen J.; Dubicka, Irene; Vineyard, Craig Michael

    2011-10-01

    This report describes the laboratory directed research and development work to model relevant areas of the brain that associate multi-modal information for long-term storage for the purpose of creating a more effective, and more automated, association mechanism to support rapid decision making. Using the biology and functionality of the hippocampus as an analogy or inspiration, we have developed an artificial neural network architecture to associate k-tuples (paired associates) of multimodal input records. The architecture is composed of coupled unimodal self-organizing neural modules that learn generalizations of unimodal components of the input record. Cross modal associations, stored as a higher-order tensor, are learned incrementally as these generalizations form. Graph algorithms are then applied to the tensor to extract multi-modal association networks formed during learning. Doing so yields a novel approach to data mining for knowledge discovery. This report describes the neurobiological inspiration, architecture, and operational characteristics of our model, and also provides a real world terrorist network example to illustrate the model's functionality.

  3. Developing shape analysis tools to assist complex spatial decision making

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    Mackey, H.E.; Ehler, G.B.; Cowen, D.

    1996-05-31

    The objective of this research was to develop and implement a shape identification measure within a geographic information system, specifically one that incorporates analytical modeling for site location planning. The application that was developed incorporated a location model within a raster-based GIS, which helped address critical performance issues for the decision support system. Binary matrices, which approximate the object`s geometrical form, are passed over the grided data structure and allow identification of irregular and regularly shaped objects. Lastly, the issue of shape rotation is addressed and is resolved by constructing unique matrices corresponding to the object`s orientation

  4. Nottingham Prognostic Index Plus (NPI+): a modern clinical decision making tool in breast cancer

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    Aickelin, Uwe

    1 Nottingham Prognostic Index Plus (NPI+): a modern clinical decision making tool in breast cancer , IO Ellis*1,4 1 Breast Cancer Pathology Research Group, Division of Oncology, School of Medicine and 2: Nottingham Prognostic Index Plus #12;2 Abstract Current management of breast cancer (BC) relies on risk

  5. System and method for integrating hazard-based decision making tools and processes

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Hodgin, C. Reed (Westminster, CO)

    2012-03-20

    A system and method for inputting, analyzing, and disseminating information necessary for identified decision-makers to respond to emergency situations. This system and method provides consistency and integration among multiple groups, and may be used for both initial consequence-based decisions and follow-on consequence-based decisions. The system and method in a preferred embodiment also provides tools for accessing and manipulating information that are appropriate for each decision-maker, in order to achieve more reasoned and timely consequence-based decisions. The invention includes processes for designing and implementing a system or method for responding to emergency situations.

  6. Contributions to risk-informed decision making

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    Elliott, Michael A. (Michael Alfred)

    2010-01-01

    Risk-informed decision-making (RIDM) is a formal process that assists stakeholders make decisions in the face of uncertainty. At MIT, a tool known as the Analytic Deliberative Decision Making Process (ADP) has been under ...

  7. InterTwinkles : online tools for non-hierarchical, consensus-oriented decision making

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    DeTar, Charles (Charles Frederick)

    2013-01-01

    Non-hierarchical, participatory, consensus-based decision making has seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. The traditional techniques of formal consensus, however, are limited to face-to-face meetings, which can ...

  8. Commissioning Aid and Decision Making Assistance Tool 'Implementation & Assessment' - Case Study 

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    Belkadi-Hannachi, N.; Jandon, M.; Nejad, H. V.; Guena, F.; Diab, Y.

    2006-01-01

    The precedent paper, published in ICEBO 2005 presented the approach and methodology for information flow management in the commissioning of low energy buildings. Within this methodology, commissioning and decision making are included in the low...

  9. Visual Analysis as a Design and Decision-Making Tool in the Development of a Quarry1

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    Visual Analysis as a Design and Decision-Making Tool in the Development of a Quarry1 Randall Boyd mining area from the adjacent community required a visual im- pact analysis in the planning and design of the project. The Visual Analysis defined design criteria for the min- ing and reclamation plans to minimize

  10. ELSEVIER The Scienceof the TotalEnvironment178(1996)55-61 Chemical sequential extraction as decision-making tool

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    Short, Daniel

    1996-01-01

    contamina- tion and accumulation in the food chain is the major limit to the application of urban compost or compost-amended soils [13,141, whereas few works deal with its direct application to waste [15]. As MSW as decision-making tool: application to municipal solid waste and its individual constituents P. Prudent*a'b M

  11. Aging and decision making 

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    Miller, Sophie

    2010-06-30

    The study sought to clarify the effects of aging in regard to decision making abilities. Decision making is dependent upon the Frontal Cortex structures; the Orbitofrontal Cortex and the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. These structures are thought...

  12. Essays in decision making

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    Chang, Tom Y., 1976-

    2009-01-01

    This thesis explores the impact of individual decision making on the functioning of firms and markets. The first chapter examines how deviations from strict rationality by individuals impact the market for consumer goods. ...

  13. Applying Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making:...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Applying Climate Information for Adaptation Decision-Making: A Guidance and Resource Document Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Applying Climate...

  14. EVALUATING ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS.

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    SULLIVAN, T.

    2004-10-01

    Effective contaminated land management requires a number of decisions addressing a suite of technical, economic, and social concerns. These concerns include human health risks, ecological risks, economic costs, technical feasibility of proposed remedial actions, and the value society places on clean-up and re-use of formerly contaminated lands. Decision making, in the face of uncertainty and multiple and often conflicting objectives, is a vital and challenging role in environmental management that affects a significant economic activity. Although each environmental remediation problem is unique and requires a site-specific analysis, many of the key decisions are similar in structure. This has led many to attempt to develop standard approaches. As part of the standardization process, attempts have been made to codify specialist expertise into decision support tools. This activity is intended to facilitate reproducible and transparent decision making. The process of codifying procedures has also been found to be a useful activity for establishing and rationalizing management processes. This study will have two primary objectives. The first is to develop taxonomy for Decision Support Tools (DST) to provide a framework for understanding the different tools and what they are designed to address in the context of environmental remediation problems. The taxonomy will have a series of subject areas for the DST. From these subjects, a few key areas will be selected for further study and software in these areas will be identified. The second objective, will be to review the existing DST in the selected areas and develop a screening matrix for each software product.

  15. FEATURE ARTICLES Group Decision Making

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    FEATURE ARTICLES Group Decision Making in Honey Bee Swarms When 10,000 bees go house hunting, how a neighboring colony. A striking example of decision mak- ing by an animal group is the choice of a nesting site paper on house hunting by honey bees. Lindauer was then a postdtx:toral stu- dent at the University

  16. A. Kusiak, Data Mining and Decision Making, in B.V. Dasarathy (Ed.), Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery: Theory, Tools, and Technology IV, Vol. 4730, SPIE, Orlando, FL, April 2002, pp. 155-165.

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    Kusiak, Andrew

    A. Kusiak, Data Mining and Decision Making, in B.V. Dasarathy (Ed.), Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery: Theory, Tools, and Technology IV, Vol. 4730, SPIE, Orlando, FL, April 2002, pp. 155-165. Data Mining and Decision Making Andrew Kusiak Department of Mechanical

  17. Making Compressed Air System Decisions 

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    Porri, R. E.

    1996-01-01

    stream_source_info ESL-IE-96-04-32.pdf.txt stream_content_type text/plain stream_size 5121 Content-Encoding ISO-8859-1 stream_name ESL-IE-96-04-32.pdf.txt Content-Type text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 MAKING COMPRESSED AIR... SYSTEM DECISIONS Richard E. Porri Product Manager ABSTRACT This paper presents a decision making process that will pennit the design, installation and operation ofa high efficiency and reliable compressed air system. The design of a compressed air...

  18. Interactions between learning and decision making

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    Tulabandhula, Theja

    2014-01-01

    We quantify the effects of learning and decision making on each other in three parts. In the first part, we look at how knowledge about decision making can influence learning. Let the decision cost be the amount spent by ...

  19. Naturalistic Decision Making For Power System Operators

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    Greitzer, Frank L.; Podmore, Robin; Robinson, Marck; Ey, Pamela

    2009-06-23

    Abstract: Motivation -- As indicated by the Blackout of 2003, the North American interconnected electric system is vulnerable to cascading outages and widespread blackouts. Investigations of large scale outages often attribute the causes to the three T’s: Trees, Training and Tools. A systematic approach has been developed to document and understand the mental processes that an expert power system operator uses when making critical decisions. The approach has been developed and refined as part of a capability demonstration of a high-fidelity real-time power system simulator under normal and emergency conditions. To examine naturalistic decision making (NDM) processes, transcripts of operator-to-operator conversations are analyzed to reveal and assess NDM-based performance criteria. Findings/Design -- The results of the study indicate that we can map the Situation Awareness Level of the operators at each point in the scenario. We can also identify clearly what mental models and mental simulations are being performed at different points in the scenario. As a result of this research we expect that we can identify improved training methods and improved analytical and visualization tools for power system operators. Originality/Value -- The research applies for the first time, the concepts of Recognition Primed Decision Making, Situation Awareness Levels and Cognitive Task Analysis to training of electric power system operators. Take away message -- The NDM approach provides an ideal framework for systematic training management and mitigation to accelerate learning in team-based training scenarios with high-fidelity power grid simulators.

  20. Simulation of human decision making

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Forsythe, J. Chris (Sandia Park, NM); Speed, Ann E. (Albuquerque, NM); Jordan, Sabina E. (Albuquerque, NM); Xavier, Patrick G. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2008-05-06

    A method for computer emulation of human decision making defines a plurality of concepts related to a domain and a plurality of situations related to the domain, where each situation is a combination of at least two of the concepts. Each concept and situation is represented in the computer as an oscillator output, and each situation and concept oscillator output is distinguishable from all other oscillator outputs. Information is input to the computer representative of detected concepts, and the computer compares the detected concepts with the stored situations to determine if a situation has occurred.

  1. Investigating online decision-making styles 

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    Park, Young A

    2009-05-15

    As one of the factors influencing consumers purchase behavior, decision-making styles are crucial for understanding consumer shopping behavior and for developing successful marketing strategies. Decision-making styles have ...

  2. Politically rational foreign policy decision-making 

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    Kent, Charles Todd

    2006-10-30

    This dissertation is an analysis of how presidents make foreign policy decisions. Rather than explaining foreign policy decisions by focusing on individuals or institutions, I stress the role of political pressures and ...

  3. Information, decision-making and health

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    Abaluck, Jason T

    2011-01-01

    This thesis consists of three essays on information, decision-making and health. All three concern the relationship between the choices consumers would make if they were "fully informed" in an appropriate sense and the ...

  4. Preferences, Information, and Group Decision Making 

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    Espinoza, Alejandro

    2009-05-15

    This study will examine how the structure of preferences of group members in a decision-making group, as well as the information they have, affects the collection and the processing of information by individual members of ...

  5. Rock Slopes from Mechanics to Decision Making

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    Einstein, Herbert H.

    Rock slope instabilities are discussed in the context of decision making for risk assessment and management. Hence, the state of the slope and possible failure mechanism need to be defined first. This is done with geometrical ...

  6. Executive decision making processes and outcomes : structure and robustness

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    Chacon, Vince

    2003-01-01

    Uncertainty in the decision making environment complicates the decision making process because future events may change the effect of a particular decision or series of decisions. This thesis explores the possibility of ...

  7. DOE Secretarial Memorandum on Improved Decision Making through...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Decision Making through the Integration of Program and Project Management with National Environmental Policy Act Compliance DOE Secretarial Memorandum on Improved Decision Making...

  8. Risk Analysis and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: A Strategy...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Risk Analysis and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: A Strategy and its Applications Risk Analysis and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: A Strategy and its Applications Ming Ye...

  9. Probabilistic Modeling and Phase 2 Decision Making at the West...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    and Phase 2 Decision Making at the West Valley Demonstration Project and the Western New York Nuclear Service Center Probabilistic Modeling and Phase 2 Decision Making at the...

  10. Risk Analysis and Decision Making FY 2013 Milestone Report

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    Engel, David W.; Dalton, Angela C.; Dale, Crystal; Jones, Edward; Thompson, J.

    2013-06-01

    Risk analysis and decision making is one of the critical objectives of CCSI, which seeks to use information from science-based models with quantified uncertainty to inform decision makers who are making large capital investments. The goal of this task is to develop tools and capabilities to facilitate the development of risk models tailored for carbon capture technologies, quantify the uncertainty of model predictions, and estimate the technical and financial risks associated with the system. This effort aims to reduce costs by identifying smarter demonstrations, which could accelerate development and deployment of the technology by several years.

  11. Decision-making in autism spectrum conditions

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    Luke, Lydia R.

    2011-02-08

    at the critical point [and] she was not capable of making a decision’ (Re MB, p427). Similarly, cognitively able patients with anorexia nervosa may lack the capacity to consent to feeding treatment due to their intense fear of weight gain and...

  12. The cognitive dynamics underlying decision-making

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    Jeong, Jaeseung

    )Temporal dynamics 2)Sequential dynamics #12;How does the brain make effective real-world decisions dependent A B C D 0 25 50 75 100 Choicepercentage(%) Options A B C D 0 25 50 75 100 Choicepercentage(%) Options A B C D 0 25 50 75 100 Choicepercentage(%) Options B-Index 0

  13. Climate Information Needs for Financial Decision Making

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    Higgins, Paul

    2013-11-19

    Climate Information Needs for Financial Decision Making (Final Report) This Department of Energy workshop award (grant #DE-SC0008480) provided primary support for the American Meteorological Society’s study on climate information needs for financial decision making. The goal of this study was to help advance societal decision making by examining the implications of climate variability and change on near-term financial investments. We explored four key topics: 1) the conditions and criteria that influence returns on investment of major financial decisions, 2) the climate sensitivity of financial decisions, 3) climate information needs of financial decision makers, and 4) potential new mechanisms to promote collaboration between scientists and financial decision makers. Better understanding of these four topics will help scientists provide the most useful information and enable financial decision makers to use scientific information most effectively. As a result, this study will enable leaders in business and government to make well-informed choices that help maximize long-term economic success and social wellbeing in the United States The outcomes of the study include a workshop, which brought together leaders from the scientific and financial decision making communities, a publication of the study report, and a public briefing of the results to the policy community. In addition, we will present the results to the scientific community at the AMS Annual Meeting in February, 2014. The study results were covered well by the media including Bloomberg News and E&E News. Upon request, we also briefed the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on the outcomes. We presented the results to the policy community through a public briefing in December on Capitol Hill. The full report is publicly available at www.ametsoc.org/cin. Summary of Key Findings The United States invests roughly $1.5 trillion U.S. dollars (USD) in capital assets each year across the public and private sectors (Orszag 2008; United States Census Bureau 2013). Extreme weather events create and exacerbate risks to these financial investments by contributing to: • Direct physical impacts on the investments themselves • Degradation of critical supporting infrastructure • Changes in the availability of key natural resources • Changes to workforce availability or capacity • Changes in the customer base • Supply chain disruptions • Legal liability • Shifts in the regulatory environment • Reductions in credit ratings Even small changes in weather can impact operations in critical economic sectors. As a result, maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately understanding and effectively accounting for these risks. Climate variability and change can either exacerbate existing risks or cause new sources of risk to emerge. Managing these risks most effectively will depend on scientific advances and increases in the capacity of financial decision makers to use the scientific knowledge that results. Barriers to using climate information must also be overcome. This study proposes three predefined levels of certainty for communicating about weather and climate risks: 1) possible (i.e., unknown likelihood or less than 50% chance of occurrence), 2) probable (greater than 50% chance of occurrence), and 3) effectively certain (at least 95% chance of occurrence). For example, it is effectively certain that a change in climate will alter weather patterns. It is probable that climate warming will cause increases in the intensity of some extreme events. It is possible that climate change will cause major and widespread disruptions to key planetary life-support services. Key recommendations of this study: 1) Identify climate-related risks and opportunities for financial decision making. 2) Create a framework to translate scientific information in clear and actionable terms for financial decision makers. 3) Analyze existing climate assessments and translate projected impacts into possible, probable,

  14. Cellular Decision Making and Biological Noise: From Microbes to Mammals

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    Balazsi, Gabor

    Cellular decision making is the process whereby cells assume different, functionally important and heritable fates without an associated genetic or environmental difference. Such stochastic cell fate decisions generate ...

  15. Computer-aided decision making for Medical Device Reporting 

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    Chen, Jih-Horn

    1987-01-01

    , and answer the questions'- "What to do, How, and When?" MDRSOFT, a computer-aided decision making aid for medical de ricr reporting, attempts to capture dynamic problem- solving knowledge through modeling man processed decision making in the domain...

  16. Essays on household decision making in developing countries

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    Berry, James W. (James Wesley)

    2009-01-01

    This dissertation contains three essays on household decision making in the areas of education and health in developing countries. The first chapter explores intra-household decision making in the context of conditional ...

  17. A decision making framework for cruise ship design

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    Katsoufis, George P. (George Paraskevas)

    2006-01-01

    This thesis develops a new decision making framework for initial cruise ship design. Through review of effectiveness analysis and multi-criteria decision making, a uniform philosophy is created to articulate a framework ...

  18. Evidence-based Decision Making: Influences on Central-Office Administrators' Decision-Making Practices 

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    Haecker, Bonnie Minnia

    2013-12-05

    of this quantitative non-experimental study was to identify the evidence-based decision-making practices of central office administrators (n = 268) and the factors that influence them. Based on the findings in the literature, a survey was developed to collect data...

  19. D2 Dopamine Receptor Mediation of Risky Decision-making 

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    Simon, Nicholas Wayne

    2011-08-08

    of D2 cRNA hybridization in both orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) predicted risky decision-making behavior as assessed by nonlinear curve estimation analyses. Interestingly, opposite relationships between D2 m...-making ............................................................................. 85 Prefrontal Cortex Dopaminergic Mediation of Risky Decision-making ......... 85 Striatal Dopaminergic Mediation of Risky Decision-making ......................... 87 The Relationship between D2 Receptors and Other Forms of Cost...

  20. EY and LANL make new cybersecurity tools available to private...

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    EY, LANL make new cybersecurity tools available to private sector EY, LANL make new cybersecurity tools available to private sector Ernst & Young LLP and Los Alamos National...

  1. Tool Improves Electricity Demand Predictions to Make More Room...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Tool Improves Electricity Demand Predictions to Make More Room for Renewables Tool Improves Electricity Demand Predictions to Make More Room for Renewables October 3, 2011 -...

  2. EM Risk and Cleanup Decision Making Presentation by Mark Gilbertson...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    * Existing environment and health risk www.em.doe.gov 2 * Existing environment and health risk analysis to support decision-making * Considerations going forward The Past Five...

  3. Rangeland Risk Management for Texans: Making Better Decisions 

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    White, Larry D.

    2000-11-01

    The commonsense guidelines in this publication can help rangeland managers make better decisions. They include being cautious about wishful thinking, being realistic about the value of your assets, and making sure you have all the facts....

  4. INTERIM REPORT IMPROVED METHODS FOR INCORPORATING RISK IN DECISION MAKING

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    Clausen, M. J.; Fraley, D. W.; Denning, R. S.

    1980-08-01

    This paper reports observations and preliminary investigations in the first phase of a research program covering methodologies for making safety-related decisions. The objective has been to gain insight into NRC perceptions of the value of formal decision methods, their possible applications, and how risk is, or may be, incorporated in decision making. The perception of formal decision making techniques, held by various decision makers, and what may be done to improve them, were explored through interviews with NRC staff. An initial survey of decision making methods, an assessment of the applicability of formal methods vis-a-vis the available information, and a review of methods of incorporating risk and uncertainty have also been conducted.

  5. Enhancing Financial Decision-Making Using Social Behavior Modeling

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    movements. This pro- cess can be modeled by connecting online social behavior and future trading behaviorEnhancing Financial Decision-Making Using Social Behavior Modeling Ruoqian Liu, Ankit Agrawal, Wei is a social activity that involves every par- ticipant's decision making. Meanwhile, people's online be

  6. Evolving OWA Operators for Cyber Security Decision Making Problems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Aickelin, Uwe

    Evolving OWA Operators for Cyber Security Decision Making Problems Simon Miller Jonathan M cyber security experts took part in an exercise in which they independently assessed a realistic system--Ordered Weighted Average, Evolutionary Algo- rithms, Simulated Annealing, Cyber Security, Expert Decision Making I

  7. Smarter Cropping: Internet program helps farmers make decisions about crops 

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Wythe, Kathy

    2009-01-01

    Wythe tx H2O | pg. 26 Smarter Cropping Internet program helps farmers make decisions about crops Along the coastal plains of Texas, farmers and crop managers are using the Internet to make more informed decisions about growing cotton. This Web...

  8. Total cost model for making sourcing decisions

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    Morita, Mark, M.B.A. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2007-01-01

    This thesis develops a total cost model based on the work done during a six month internship with ABB. In order to help ABB better focus on low cost country sourcing, a total cost model was developed for sourcing decisions. ...

  9. Consciousness, Decision-Making and Neural Computation

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    Rolls, Edmund T.

    , and an implicit, unconscious route for well-learned actions to obtain goals. Then a higher order syntactic thought the planning, HOST system and not feel like something. Neurally plausible models of decision-Action Cycle: Models, Architectures, and Hardware, Springer Series in Cognitive and Neural Systems 1, DOI 10

  10. Risk perception & strategic decision making :general insights, a framework, and specific application to electricity generation using nuclear energy.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Brewer, Jeffrey D.

    2005-11-01

    The objective of this report is to promote increased understanding of decision making processes and hopefully to enable improved decision making regarding high-consequence, highly sophisticated technological systems. This report brings together insights regarding risk perception and decision making across domains ranging from nuclear power technology safety, cognitive psychology, economics, science education, public policy, and neural science (to name a few). It forms them into a unique, coherent, concise framework, and list of strategies to aid in decision making. It is suggested that all decision makers, whether ordinary citizens, academics, or political leaders, ought to cultivate their abilities to separate the wheat from the chaff in these types of decision making instances. The wheat includes proper data sources and helpful human decision making heuristics; these should be sought. The chaff includes ''unhelpful biases'' that hinder proper interpretation of available data and lead people unwittingly toward inappropriate decision making ''strategies''; obviously, these should be avoided. It is further proposed that successfully accomplishing the wheat vs. chaff separation is very difficult, yet tenable. This report hopes to expose and facilitate navigation away from decision-making traps which often ensnare the unwary. Furthermore, it is emphasized that one's personal decision making biases can be examined, and tools can be provided allowing better means to generate, evaluate, and select among decision options. Many examples in this report are tailored to the energy domain (esp. nuclear power for electricity generation). The decision making framework and approach presented here are applicable to any high-consequence, highly sophisticated technological system.

  11. Developing an alternative model for travel decision-making 

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    Hung, Kam

    2009-05-15

    This study proposes an alternative travel decision making model and situates its arguments in the Motivation-Opportunity-Ability (MOA) theoretical construct. The MOA model suggests that motivation, opportunity, and ability ...

  12. Making a Decision to Intervene: Adaptive Guidelines to Humanitarian Intervention

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    Ahmed, Ranya

    2011-12-31

    This thesis seeks to examine multilateral humanitarian intervention as a universal norm of international law, and analyze the decision making process, including the political and moral reasons, justifications, procedures, ...

  13. Statistical learning for decision making : interpretability, uncertainty, and inference

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    Letham, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    Data and predictive modeling are an increasingly important part of decision making. Here we present advances in several areas of statistical learning that are important for gaining insight from large amounts of data, and ...

  14. On Committee Decision Making: A Game Theoretical Approach

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Shenoy, Prakash P.

    1980-04-01

    In this paper, we study committee decision making process using game theory. By a committee, we mean any group of people who have to pick one option from a given set of alternatives. A well defined voting rule is specified ...

  15. Decision-making under Ambiguity in Neurodegenerative Disease 

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Rogers, Denise

    2011-11-23

    Decision-making is a complex skill that is essential for daily life. Yet the complexities of this process are often overlooked in favour of more obvious cognitive deficits during neuropsychological assessment, such as ...

  16. Balancing influence between actors in healthcare decision making

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    Kaplan, Robert M; Babad, Yair M

    2011-01-01

    Kaplan and Babad BMC Health Services Research 2011, 11:85decision making Robert M Kaplan 1* and Yair M Babad 22006, 355(9):920-927. 16. Kaplan RM: Measuring quality of

  17. DEVELOPMENTOF A DECISION MAKING ALGORITHMFOR AIRBAG CONTROL

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    Mahmud, Syed Masud

    is the energy per unit mass. However, there are several problems in using the change in Car energy and the change in occupant position with respect to the car, other algorithms first filter the signal at a random low cutoff frequency and make different analyses [1],[4]. This paper presents a new algorithm

  18. Neural reactivation links unconscious thought to decision-making performance

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    Creswell, J. David

    Neural reactivation links unconscious thought to decision-making performance John David Creswell,1 of Psychology, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA Brief periods of unconscious-making performance after the UT period. These results provide initial evidence for post-encoding unconscious neural

  19. As sustainability becomes integrated into public policy decision making,comprehensive and easily accessible sustainability

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    Hall, Sharon J.

    As sustainability becomes integrated into public policy decision making,comprehensive and easily accessible sustainability information will be needed to assist policy analysis.As visual analytics emerges as a major tool of policy analysis,sustainability information,particularly sustainability indicators

  20. Initial Risk Analysis and Decision Making Framework

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    Engel, David W.

    2012-02-01

    Commercialization of new carbon capture simulation initiative (CCSI) technology will include two key elements of risk management, namely, technical risk (will process and plant performance be effective, safe, and reliable) and enterprise risk (can project losses and costs be controlled within the constraints of market demand to maintain profitability and investor confidence). Both of these elements of risk are incorporated into the risk analysis subtask of Task 7. Thus far, this subtask has developed a prototype demonstration tool that quantifies risk based on the expected profitability of expenditures when retrofitting carbon capture technology on a stylized 650 MW pulverized coal electric power generator. The prototype is based on the selection of specific technical and financial factors believed to be important determinants of the expected profitability of carbon capture, subject to uncertainty. The uncertainty surrounding the technical performance and financial variables selected thus far is propagated in a model that calculates the expected profitability of investments in carbon capture and measures risk in terms of variability in expected net returns from these investments. Given the preliminary nature of the results of this prototype, additional work is required to expand the scope of the model to include additional risk factors, additional information on extant and proposed risk factors, the results of a qualitative risk factor elicitation process, and feedback from utilities and other interested parties involved in the carbon capture project. Additional information on proposed distributions of these risk factors will be integrated into a commercial implementation framework for the purpose of a comparative technology investment analysis.

  1. Delegation in Tourism Decision Making: Toward an Understanding of the Role of Social Surrogate 

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    Stone, Matthew John

    2014-07-30

    Tourism is often a group-based activity, but tourism decision-making research has primarily focused on individual decision making and who makes decisions in families. However, there are numerous situations in which individuals ...

  2. Robust decision-support tools for airport surface traffic

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    Carr, Francis R. (Francis Russell), 1976-

    2004-01-01

    Forecasts of departure demand are one of the driving inputs to tactical decision-support tools (DSTs) for airport surface traffic. While there are well-known results on average- or worst-case forecast uncertainty, it is ...

  3. Robust Decision-Support Tools for Airport Surface Traffic

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    Carr, Francis R.

    Forecasts of departure demand are one of the driving inputs to tactical decision-support tools (DSTs) for airport surface traffic. While there are well-known results on average- or worst-case forecast uncertainty, it is ...

  4. Energy Signal Tool for Decision Support in Building Energy Systems...

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    Signal Tool for Decision Support in Building Energy Systems Henze, G. P.; Pavlak, G. S.; Florita, A. R.; Dodier, R. H.; Hirsch, A. I. 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND...

  5. Public Discourse in Energy Policy Decision-Making: Final Report

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    Idaho Citizen; Eileen DeShazo; John Freemuth; Tina Giannini; Troy Hall; Ann Hunter; Jeffrey C. Joe; Michael Louis; Carole Nemnich; Jennie Newman; Steven J. Piet; Stephen Sorensen; Paulina Starkey; Kendelle Vogt; Patrick Wilson

    2010-08-01

    The ground is littered with projects that failed because of strong public opposition, including natural gas and coal power plants proposed in Idaho over the past several years. This joint project , of the Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho has aimed to add to the tool box to reduce project risk through encouraging the public to engage in more critical thought and be more actively involved in public or social issues. Early in a project, project managers and decision-makers can talk with no one, pro and con stakeholder groups, or members of the public. Experience has shown that talking with no one outside of the project incurs high risk because opposition stakeholders have many means to stop most (if not all) energy projects. Talking with organized stakeholder groups provides some risk reduction from mutual learning, but organized groups tend not to change positions except under conditions of a negotiated settlement. Achieving a negotiated settlement may be impossible. Furthermore, opposition often arises outside pre-existing groups. Standard public polling provides some information but does not reveal underlying motivations, intensity of attitudes, etc. Improved methods are needed that probe deeper into stakeholder (organized groups and members of the public) values and beliefs/heuristics to increase the potential for change of opinions and/or out-of-box solutions. The term “heuristics” refers to the mental short-cuts, underlying beliefs, and paradigms that everyone uses to filter and interpret information, to interpret what is around us, and to guide our actions and decisions. This document is the final report of a 3-year effort to test different public discourse methods in the subject area of energy policy decision-making. We analyzed 504 mail-in surveys and 80 participants in groups on the Boise State University campus for their preference, financial support, and evaluations of eight attributes for energy conservation and efficiency, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, hydropower, and renewable energy. All participants saw a 7-person diverse energy expert panel. Some participants attended deliberation sessions; some received a 35-page briefing document that included pros and cons of the different energy options.

  6. Decision Support Tool: Integrated REDD+ accounting frameworks...

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    approaches AgencyCompany Organization: USAID LEAF Focus Area: Other Topics: Analysis Tools Resource Type: Guidemanual User Interface: Website ComplexityEase of Use: Simple...

  7. University Dining Decisions: Do College Students Make Rational Decisions in the Market for Meal Plans 

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    Struble, Matthew

    2013-02-04

    When students come to college they take on many responsibilities their parents used to cover for them, including making significant purchase decisions. My research examines the dining plan purchases of students at Texas A&M over time to determine...

  8. Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty: Experimental Assessment of Decision Models 

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    Vedlitz, Arnold; Mintz, Alex; Redd, Steven B.; Liu, Xinsheng; Alston, Letitia T.

    2005-01-01

    for Science, Technology and Public Policy, George Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University INTRODUCTION Senior Department of Defense leaders make numerous decisions about the appropriate utilization of complex scientific...-0084 Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, George Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University The poliheuristic theory thus embodies fundamental elements of two disciplines concerned with decision making...

  9. A KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR JUSTIFIED INFORMATION SECURITY DECISION-MAKING

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    Newcastle upon Tyne, University of

    A KNOWLEDGE BASE FOR JUSTIFIED INFORMATION SECURITY DECISION-MAKING Daria Stepanova, Simon E.K. dasha stepanova@list.ru, s.e.parkin@ncl.ac.uk, aad.vanmoorsel@ncl.ac.uk Keywords: Information security Information Security Officer (CISO) within an organisation to ensure that such information is adequately

  10. Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making: An Overview and Future Course

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    Kaber, David B.

    within the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Work that falls into this area of research and study practicing human factors/ergonomics to exceed the boundaries of specifying the human-machine inter- face and Decision Making, Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2007, pp. 1­21 ©2007 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. All

  11. Decision making performance in a combined heat and noise environment 

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    Pope, Mattison Scott

    1993-01-01

    This thesis was performed in order to determine the ability to make correct decisions when presented with two stressors under four conditions: controlled (70'F and 65 dBA); heat (105'F and 65 dBA); noise (70'F and 83 dBA); ...

  12. Low Stream Flows: Making Decisions in an Uncertain Climate

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    and Oceans Canada) through CRMI (Cooperative Resource Management Institute), CCIRC (Climate Change Impact for the Degree of Master of Resource Management in the School of Resource and Environmental Management Faculty of Resource Management Report No. 528 Title of Thesis: Low Stream Flows: Making Decisions in an Uncertain

  13. Multi-criteria Decision Making in Embedded System Design

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    Zitzler, Eckart

    Multi-criteria Decision Making in Embedded System Design Simon K¨unzli, Lothar Thiele and Eckart. On the other hand, this ap- proach sacrifices almost all other quality criteria of a design. As a consequence Zitzler Abstract This chapter introduces design space exploration as one of the major tasks in embedded

  14. Learning in Dynamic Decision Making: Information Utilization and Future Planning

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    Spirtes, Peter

    Learning in Dynamic Decision Making: Information Utilization and Future Planning Wai-Tat Fu improved through better utilization of critical information. Subjects also learned to engage in better future planning by anticipating changes in the system. In the second experiment, we provided only

  15. LNG, Public Opinion and Decision-making: Conflict in Oregon

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    Scott, Christopher

    LNG, Public Opinion and Decision-making: Conflict in Oregon Lisa MB Harrington Kansas State University #12;2 LNG · Liquified Natural Gas · Natural gas condensed into a liquid by cooling to about -163º;· LNG is considered cleaner than coal and petroleum- based fuels, but development also poses issues

  16. The Feasibility of Studying Decision Making Using a Virtual World

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    McShea, Daniel W.

    The Feasibility of Studying Decision Making Using a Virtual World Environment Jerry W. Hedge Brooke/judgmental · Research Test Bed ­ Real World ­ Naturalistic ­ Simulated #12;Border Crossing Checkpoint #12;Current Study and Procedures · Development of Virtual World Environment · Beta Test of VWE and Measurement Technologies #12

  17. Design for manufacturing: application of collaborative multidisciplinary decision making methodology

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    Seepersad, Carolyn Conner

    EO 1623 Design for manufacturing: application of collaborative multidisciplinary decision making-963-6900/912-966-7910. #12;Abstract Design for manufacturing is often difficult for mechanical parts since significant manufacturing knowledge is required to adjust part designs for manufacturability. The traditional trial

  18. Plant-Wide Waste Management. 2. Decision Making under Uncertainty

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    Linninger, Andreas A.

    Plant-Wide Waste Management. 2. Decision Making under Uncertainty Aninda Chakraborty and Andreas A of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607 The synthesis and optimization of plant-wide waste management flowsheet produces a superstructure that embeds all plant-wide waste management policies. In the subsequent

  19. SupernetworksSupernetworks Decision-Making in the 21Decision-Making in the 21stst

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    Nagurney, Anna

    events; · complex interactions among decision- makers in organizations; · alternative and at times and energy networks. No longer are networks independent of one another but critically linked with major were laid, bridges built, and waterways crossed so that humans, be they on foot, on animal, or vehicle

  20. The impact and dynamics of centralization in supply chain decision-making

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    Sohn, Tae-Hee

    2008-01-01

    Companies with a corporate supply chain department and multiple business units use one of two methods for their supply chain decision-making: centralized decision-making where supply chain decisions are made at the corporate ...

  1. Exploiting Visualization and Direct Manipulation to Make Parallel Tools More

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    Pancake, Cherri M.

    Exploiting Visualization and Direct Manipulation to Make Parallel Tools More Communicative Cherri M@cs.orst.edu http://www.cs.orst.edu/ pancake Abstract. Parallel tools rely on graphical techniques to improve be exploited in parallel tools, in order to improve the naturalness with which the user interacts

  2. Decision making under uncertainty: An investigation into the application of formal decision-making methods to safety issue decisions

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    Bohn, M P [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)] [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1992-12-01

    As part of the NRC-sponsored program to study the implications of Generic Issue 57, Effects of Fire Protection System Actuation on Safety-Related Equipment,'' a subtask was performed to evaluate the applicability of formal decision analysis methods to generic issues cost/benefit-type decisions and to apply these methods to the GI-57 results. In this report, the numerical results obtained from the analysis of three plants (two PWRs and one BWR) as developed in the technical resolution program for GI-57 were studied. For each plant, these results included a calculation of the person-REM averted due to various accident scenarios and various proposed modifications to mitigate the accident scenarios identified. These results were recomputed to break out the benefit in terms of contributions due to random event scenarios, fire event scenarios, and seismic event scenarios. Furthermore, the benefits associated with risk (in terms of person-REM) averted from earthquakes at three different seismic ground motion levels were separately considered. Given this data, formal decision methodologies involving decision trees, value functions, and utility functions were applied to this basic data. It is shown that the formal decision methodology can be applied at several different levels. Examples are given in which the decision between several retrofits is changed from that resulting from a simple cost/benefit-ratio criterion by virtue of the decision-makinger's expressed (and assumed) preferences.

  3. Make-buy decisions in the face of radical innovations.

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    Perrons, Robert Kirby

    2004-10-26

    Connect DEC Digital Equipment Corporation DVD Digital Video Disc EM Expectation Maximization GDP Gross Domestic Product GE General Electric GM General Motors IBM International Business Machines IP Intellectual Property... ______________________________________________________________________________ Make-Buy Decisions in the Face of Radical Innovations 5 Balloon Tire Bicycle,” the “Aero Cycle,” and the built-in “Cycle Lock” brought about a quantum leap in the industry. Instead of outsourcing the production of the parts for his bicycles as had been...

  4. OMS as a decision support tool

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    Ordaz, L. [Florida Power Corp. (United States); Stinson, J. [Integraph Corp., Huntsville, AL (United States)

    1999-11-01

    Competitive business drivers have changed Florida Power Corporation`s (FPC`s) management of strategic technology deployments. The utility has re-evaluated many aspects of its business, using new methods and new tools. Delivery 2000, which supports FPC`s corporate vision, will be a key component in meeting the de-regulation and re-regulation challenges of the new millennium. FPC evaluated a variety of systems, or combinations of systems, with over 70 desirable interfaces. To minimize the overwhelming tasks of development, maintenance, and synchronization, FPC decided to use integrated off-the-shelf solutions. This approach changes the following: the methodology for studying and implementing new technology and processes, the justification approach and financial model, and the RFP and selection processes. Using integrated off-the-shelf solutions will have a dramatic effect on everyday operations and will shift the end-users` perspectives from customization to corporate conformity and the acceptance of evolving industry standards. This paper focuses on a segment of a larger suite of technology that is compartmentalized into modular deployments with incremental costs, benefits, and risks. It defines an integrated GIS/OMS/CAD with a goal of reduced service interruption, as measured by SAIDI results. It describes the study methods, financial analysis justification process, and the selected Integraph integrated solution.

  5. Dynamic Decision Making for Graphical Models Applied to Oil Exploration

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    Martinelli, Gabriele; Hauge, Ragnar

    2012-01-01

    We present a framework for sequential decision making in problems described by graphical models. The setting is given by dependent discrete random variables with associated costs or revenues. In our examples, the dependent variables are the potential outcomes (oil, gas or dry) when drilling a petroleum well. The goal is to develop an optimal selection strategy that incorporates a chosen utility function within an approximated dynamic programming scheme. We propose and compare different approximations, from simple heuristics to more complex iterative schemes, and we discuss their computational properties. We apply our strategies to oil exploration over multiple prospects modeled by a directed acyclic graph, and to a reservoir drilling decision problem modeled by a Markov random field. The results show that the suggested strategies clearly improve the simpler intuitive constructions, and this is useful when selecting exploration policies.

  6. Achieving Robustness to Uncertainty for Financial Decision-making

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    Barnum, George M.; Van Buren, Kendra L.; Hemez, Francois M.; Song, Peter

    2014-01-10

    This report investigates the concept of robustness analysis to support financial decision-making. Financial models, that forecast future stock returns or market conditions, depend on assumptions that might be unwarranted and variables that might exhibit large fluctuations from their last-known values. The analysis of robustness explores these sources of uncertainty, and recommends model settings such that the forecasts used for decision-making are as insensitive as possible to the uncertainty. A proof-of-concept is presented with the Capital Asset Pricing Model. The robustness of model predictions is assessed using info-gap decision theory. Info-gaps are models of uncertainty that express the “distance,” or gap of information, between what is known and what needs to be known in order to support the decision. The analysis yields a description of worst-case stock returns as a function of increasing gaps in our knowledge. The analyst can then decide on the best course of action by trading-off worst-case performance with “risk”, which is how much uncertainty they think needs to be accommodated in the future. The report also discusses the Graphical User Interface, developed using the MATLAB® programming environment, such that the user can control the analysis through an easy-to-navigate interface. Three directions of future work are identified to enhance the present software. First, the code should be re-written using the Python scientific programming software. This change will achieve greater cross-platform compatibility, better portability, allow for a more professional appearance, and render it independent from a commercial license, which MATLAB® requires. Second, a capability should be developed to allow users to quickly implement and analyze their own models. This will facilitate application of the software to the evaluation of proprietary financial models. The third enhancement proposed is to add the ability to evaluate multiple models simultaneously. When two models reflect past data with similar accuracy, the more robust of the two is preferable for decision-making because its predictions are, by definition, less sensitive to the uncertainty.

  7. Needs for Risk Informing Environmental Cleanup Decision Making - 13613

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    Zhu, Ming; Moorer, Richard

    2013-07-01

    This paper discusses the needs for risk informing decision making by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM). The mission of the DOE EM is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from the nation's five decades of nuclear weapons development and production and nuclear energy research. This work represents some of the most technically challenging and complex cleanup efforts in the world and is projected to require the investment of billions of dollars and several decades to complete. Quantitative assessments of health and environmental risks play an important role in work prioritization and cleanup decisions of these challenging environmental cleanup and closure projects. The risk assessments often involve evaluation of performance of integrated engineered barriers and natural systems over a period of hundreds to thousands of years, when subject to complex geo-environmental transformation processes resulting from remediation and disposal actions. The requirement of resource investments for the cleanup efforts and the associated technical challenges have subjected the EM program to continuous scrutiny by oversight entities. Recent DOE reviews recommended application of a risk-informed approach throughout the EM complex for improved targeting of resources. The idea behind this recommendation is that by using risk-informed approaches to prioritize work scope, the available resources can be best utilized to reduce environmental and health risks across the EM complex, while maintaining the momentum of the overall EM cleanup program at a sustainable level. In response to these recommendations, EM is re-examining its work portfolio and key decision making with risk insights for the major sites. This paper summarizes the review findings and recommendations from the DOE internal reviews, discusses the needs for risk informing the EM portfolio and makes an attempt to identify topics for R and D in integrated risk assessment that could assist in the EM prioritization efforts. (authors)

  8. The Psychophysiology of Risk Processing and Decision Making at a Regional Stock Exchange

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    Perry, John C.

    2007-06-12

    A longstanding controversy in philosophy is whether decision-making isgoverned by reason or emotion. I study the role of physiologicalresponses in the decision-making process within the realm of financialmarkets, where ...

  9. The psychophysiology of risk processing and decision making at a regional stock exchange

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    Perry, John Christian, 1971-

    2007-01-01

    A longstanding controversy in philosophy is whether decision-making is governed by reason or emotion. I study the role of physiological responses in the decision-making process within the realm of financial markets, where ...

  10. Technology Evaluation and Decision Making for Sustainability Enhancement of Industrial Systems Under Uncertainty

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    Huang, Yinlun

    Technology Evaluation and Decision Making for Sustainability Enhancement of Industrial Systems. A case study on sustainable development of biodiesel manufacturing demonstrates methodological efficacy: sustainability enhancement, decision making, uncertainty, interval-parameter-based analysis, technology

  11. Online Produced Water Treatment Catalog and Decision Tool

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    J. Arthur

    2012-03-31

    The objective of this project was to create an internet-based Water Treatment Technology Catalog and Decision Tool that will increase production, decrease costs and enhance environmental protection. This is to be accomplished by pairing an operator's water treatment cost and capacity needs to specific water treatments. This project cataloged existing and emerging produced water treatment technologies and allows operators to identify the most cost-effective approaches for managing their produced water. The tool captures the cost and capabilities of each technology and the disposal and beneficial use options for each region. The tool then takes location, chemical composition, and volumetric data for the operator's water and identifies the most cost effective treatment options for that water. Regulatory requirements or limitations for each location are also addressed. The Produced Water Treatment Catalog and Decision Tool efficiently matches industry decision makers in unconventional natural gas basins with: 1) appropriate and applicable water treatment technologies for their project, 2) relevant information on regulatory and legal issues that may impact the success of their project, and 3) potential beneficial use demands specific to their project area. To ensure the success of this project, it was segmented into seven tasks conducted in three phases over a three year period. The tasks were overseen by a Project Advisory Council (PAC) made up of stakeholders including state and federal agency representatives and industry representatives. ALL Consulting has made the catalog and decision tool available on the Internet for the final year of the project. The second quarter of the second budget period, work was halted based on the February 18, 2011 budget availability; however previous project deliverables were submitted on time and the deliverables for Task 6 and 7 were completed ahead of schedule. Thus the application and catalog were deployed to the public Internet. NETL did not provide additional funds and work on the project stopped on February 18, 2011. NETL ended the project on March 31, 2012.

  12. Decision making in a non-profit engineering environment

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    Christensen, D.C.

    1997-06-01

    A conceptual management framework is developed and applied in a science and engineering organization located within a non-profit, public institution. The goal of this research is to select a set of projects whose combined contributions to the organization`s strategic interests satisfy sponsor desires and can be completed within existing time and resource constraints. The development of the rationale for project selection and implementation within the plutonium facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory is studied. This includes the integration of prioritization decision tools, optimization techniques, and advanced planning and scheduling tools. The Nuclear Materials Technology Division is the custodian of the plutonium facility, whose mission is to develop, demonstrate, and deploy technologies necessary to address the nation`s and world`s plutonium problems. This includes management of nuclear weapon stockpile components, stabilization of plutonium residues, clean-up of contaminated soils and facilities, support to non-proliferation and arms control initiatives, and the eventual disposition of surplus plutonium. In this study, projects are evaluated against selection criteria deemed to be of critical program importance. The Analytic Hierarchy Process is used to evaluate and rank the importance of the suite of candidate projects. Because individual projects may be of interest to a number of business sectors and sponsors, the approach must be capable of using funding sources in an integrated manner in order to meet overall facility and program strategies. Finally, project planning and scheduling tools are integrated into the decision network in order to ensure that appropriate resource leveling occurs and that the actual project selection takes into account the temporal relationships among available resources.

  13. Clean Air Act compliance - the decision making challenge

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    Niemczewski, A. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States)); Walls, D.J. (Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA (United States))

    1994-03-01

    A flexible and robust compliance strategy is the best way to manage the risks of fulfilling the responsibilities of the Clean Air Act. Title IV of the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 and its introduction of transferable emission allowances (EA) gave electric utility companies the possibility of substantial cost reductions in compliance strategies compared with an emission-standard regulation. However, as with every market mechanism, the EA approach also introduced considerable economic risks into compliance planning. The future price of allowances, the price of fuels, and generating unit availability are only a few examples of the uncertainties contributing to compliance planning risk. In contrast, a non-market based externality regulation would only require decision makers to make a choice between different technologies guaranteeing a minimum required emission reduction. A market-based regulation is much more challenging to decision makers, as it offers the promise of superior economic solutions but also an increased danger of making a mistake. The utility companies which are capable of successfully managing the added compliance market risk will be able to take much bigger advantage of the potential cost reductions.

  14. Cognitive skill training for nuclear power plant operational decision making

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    Mumaw, R.J.; Swatzler, D.; Roth, E.M. [Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Thomas, W.A. [Quantum Technologies, Inc., Oak Brook, IL (United States)

    1994-06-01

    Training for operator and other technical positions in the commercial nuclear power industry traditionally has focused on mastery of the formal procedures used to control plant systems and processes. However, decisionmaking tasks required of nuclear power plant operators involve cognitive skills (e.g., situation assessment, planning). Cognitive skills are needed in situations where formal procedures may not exist or may not be as prescriptive, as is the case in severe accident management (SAM). The Westinghouse research team investigated the potential cognitive demands of SAM on the control room operators and Technical Support Center staff who would be most involved in the selection and execution of severe accident control actions. A model of decision making, organized around six general cognitive processes, was developed to identify the types of cognitive skills that may be needed for effective performance. Also, twelve SAM scenarios were developed to reveal specific decision-making difficulties. Following the identification of relevant cognitive skills, 19 approaches for training individual and team cognitive skills were identified. A review of these approaches resulted in the identification of general characteristics that are important in effective training of cognitive skills.

  15. New Solutions for Substation Sensing, Signal Processing and Decision Making M. Kezunovic, Fellow IEEE

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    New Solutions for Substation Sensing, Signal Processing and Decision Making M. Kezunovic, Fellow describes a new solution for integrating substation sensing, signal processing and decision making for more multiplexed network, distributed signal processing, and neural network based decision making are discussed

  16. Demonstration of Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Development

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    Shropshire, David Earl; Jacobson, Jacob Jordan; Berrett, Sharon; Cobb, D. A.; Worhach, P.

    2000-11-01

    The Demonstration of Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Development project integrated the Bechtel/Nexant Industrial Materials Exchange Planner and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory System Dynamic models, demonstrating their capabilities on alternative fuel applications in the Greater Yellowstone-Teton Park system. The combined model, called the Dynamic Industrial Material Exchange, was used on selected test cases in the Greater Yellow Teton Parks region to evaluate economic, environmental, and social implications of alternative fuel applications, and identifying primary and secondary industries. The test cases included looking at compressed natural gas applications in Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming, and studying ethanol use in Yellowstone National Park and gateway cities in Montana. With further development, the system could be used to assist decision-makers (local government, planners, vehicle purchasers, and fuel suppliers) in selecting alternative fuels, vehicles, and developing AF infrastructures. The system could become a regional AF market assessment tool that could help decision-makers understand the behavior of the AF market and conditions in which the market would grow. Based on this high level market assessment, investors and decision-makers would become more knowledgeable of the AF market opportunity before developing detailed plans and preparing financial analysis.

  17. Risk-Quantified Decision-Making at Rocky Flats

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    Myers, Jeffrey C.

    2008-01-15

    Surface soils in the 903 Pad Lip Area of the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) were contaminated with {sup 239/240}Pu by site operations. To meet remediation goals, accurate definition of areas where {sup 239/240}Pu activity exceeded the threshold level of 50 pCi/g and those below 50- pCi/g needed definition. In addition, the confidence for remedial decisions needed to be quantified and displayed visually. Remedial objectives needed to achieve a 90 percent certainty that unremediated soils had less than a 10 percent chance of {sup 239/240}Pu activity exceeding 50-pCi/g. Removing areas where the chance of exceedance is greater than 10 percent creates a 90 percent confidence in the remedial effort results. To achieve the stipulated goals, the geostatistical approach of probability kriging (Myers 1997) was implemented. Lessons learnt: Geostatistical techniques provided a risk-quantified approach to remedial decision-making and provided visualizations of the excavation area. Error analysis demonstrated compliance and confirmed that more than sufficient soils were removed. Error analysis also illustrated that any soils above the threshold that were not removed would be of nominal activity. These quantitative approaches were useful from a regulatory, engineering, and stakeholder satisfaction perspective.

  18. Naturalistic Decision Making in Power Grid Operations: Implications for Dispatcher Training and Usability Testing

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    Greitzer, Frank L.; Podmore, Robin

    2008-11-17

    The focus of the present study is on improved training approaches to accelerate learning and improved methods for analyzing effectiveness of tools within a high-fidelity power grid simulated environment. A theory-based model has been developed to document and understand the mental processes that an expert power system operator uses when making critical decisions. The theoretical foundation for the method is based on the concepts of situation awareness, the methods of cognitive task analysis, and the naturalistic decision making (NDM) approach of Recognition Primed Decision Making. The method has been systematically explored and refined as part of a capability demonstration of a high-fidelity real-time power system simulator under normal and emergency conditions. To examine NDM processes, we analyzed transcripts of operator-to-operator conversations during the simulated scenario to reveal and assess NDM-based performance criteria. The results of the analysis indicate that the proposed framework can be used constructively to map or assess the Situation Awareness Level of the operators at each point in the scenario. We can also identify the mental models and mental simulations that the operators employ at different points in the scenario. This report documents the method, describes elements of the model, and provides appendices that document the simulation scenario and the associated mental models used by operators in the scenario.

  19. MULTI-CRITERIA DECISION MAKING IN DESIGN OF PRINTED WIRE , O. Palusinski

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    Palusinski, Olgierd A.

    MULTI-CRITERIA DECISION MAKING IN DESIGN OF PRINTED WIRE BOARDS by Y. Tokat 1 , O. Palusinski 2 , and F. Szidarovszky 1 Abstract This paper presents an application of multi-criteria decision making in system level design of printed wire boards. The main decision variable is the number of signal layers

  20. Identifying teacher expertise: An examination of researchers' decision-making 

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    Stough, Laura

    2005-01-01

    This dissertation is focused on investigating the integration of inventory and facility location decisions in different supply chain settings. Facility location and inventory decisions are interdependent due to the economies ...

  1. Including model uncertainty in risk-informed decision-making

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    Reinert, Joshua M

    2005-01-01

    Model uncertainties can have a significant impact on decisions regarding licensing basis changes. We present a methodology to identify basic events in the risk assessment that have the potential to change the decision and ...

  2. 16.410 / 16.413 Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making, Fall 2003

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    Williams, Brian C.

    This course surveys a variety of reasoning, optimization, and decision-making methodologies for creating highly autonomous systems and decision support aids. The focus is on principles, algorithms, and their applications, ...

  3. 16.410 / 16.413 Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making, Fall 2005

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    Williams, Brian

    This course surveys a variety of reasoning, optimization, and decision-making methodologies for creating highly autonomous systems and decision support aids. The focus is on principles, algorithms, and their applications, ...

  4. An experimental test of the poliheuristic theory of foreign policy decision making using military leaders 

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    Carnes, Amy Elizabeth

    1995-01-01

    This is a study in foreign policy decision making which assesses the impact of dynamic choice sets (where new alternatives appear during the decision process), on strategy selection and choice in international politics. The hypotheses tested involve...

  5. Modeling and analysis of affective influences on human experience, prediction, decision making, and behavior

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    Ahn, Hyungil, 1976-

    2010-01-01

    Subjective and affective elements are well-known to influence human decision making. This dissertation presents a theoretical and empirical framework on how human decision makers' subjective experience and affective ...

  6. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 16 (2003) 237250 Hierarchical decision making for proactive quality control: system

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    Huang, Yinlun

    2003-01-01

    Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 16 (2003) 237­250 Hierarchical decision making by resorting to artificial intelligence and engineering fundamentals. The approach is developed for solving control; Intelligent decision support; Artificial intelligence; Fuzzy logic; Automotive coating 1

  7. Climate Change Scenario Planning in Alaska's National Parks: Stakeholder Involvement in the Decision-Making Process

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    Ernst, Kathleen M; Van Riemsdijk, Dr. Micheline

    2013-01-01

    This article studies the participation of stakeholders in climate change decision-making in Alaska s National Parks. We place stakeholder participation within literatures on environmental and climate change decision-making. We conducted participant observation and interviews in two planning workshops to investigate the decision-making process, and our findings are three-fold. First, the inclusion of diverse stakeholders expanded climate change decision-making beyond National Park Service (NPS) institutional constraints. Second, workshops of the Climate Change Scenario Planning Project (CCSPP) enhanced institutional understandings of participants attitudes towards climate change and climate change decision-making. Third, the geographical context of climate change influences the decision-making process. As the first regional approach to climate change decision-making within the NPS, the CCSPP serves as a model for future climate change planning in public land agencies. This study shows how the participation of stakeholders can contribute to robust decisions, may move climate change decision-making beyond institutional barriers, and can provide information about attitudes towards climate change decision-making.

  8. User participation in building scale energy decision making

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    Brown, G.Z.; Kellett, R.; Reynolds, J.S.

    1980-01-01

    The energy related portions of an architectural design process that directly incorporated the needs, values, and aspirations of the people who will construct and use the buildings are described. The project is an example of a viable, comprehensive, energy-responsive publicly formed building. Hundreds of hours of group designing, discussion, and learning afford a unique opportunity to examine the potential of citizen involvement in building scale energy decision making as a means of public education and policy definition. The project was to design the first public buildings (a community center and firehall) for the rural community of Deadwood, Oregon. In addition to designing and constructing the buildings on an extremely limited budget, the community was very interested in providing a significant learning experience for its members. They intended to organize, design and construct these buildings as much on their own and with as much local material and volunteer labor as possible. It was their intention that the project process as well as the completed buildings be an expression of community values, purpose, and vision.

  9. LCA-IWM: A decision support tool for sustainability assessment of waste management systems

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    Boer, J. den [Institute of Water Supply and Groundwater Protection, Wastewater Technology, Waste Management, Industrial Material Cycles, Environmental and Spatial Planning (Institute WAR), Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 13, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)], E-mail: j.denboer@iwar.tu-darmstadt.de; Boer, E. den; Jager, J. [Institute of Water Supply and Groundwater Protection, Wastewater Technology, Waste Management, Industrial Material Cycles, Environmental and Spatial Planning (Institute WAR), Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 13, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The paper outlines the most significant result of the project 'The use of life cycle assessment tools for the development of integrated waste management strategies for cities and regions with rapid growing economies', which was the development of two decision-support tools: a municipal waste prognostic tool and a waste management system assessment tool. The article focuses on the assessment tool, which supports the adequate decision making in the planning of urban waste management systems by allowing the creation and comparison of different scenarios, considering three basic subsystems: (i) temporary storage; (ii) collection and transport and (iii) treatment, disposal and recycling. The design and analysis options, as well as the assumptions made for each subsystem, are shortly introduced, providing an overview of the applied methodologies and technologies. The sustainability assessment methodology used in the project to support the selection of the most adequate scenario is presented with a brief explanation of the procedures, criteria and indicators applied on the evaluation of each of the three sustainability pillars.

  10. Performance-Based Decision-Making in Post-Earthquake Highway Bridge Repair

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    Gordin, Eugene

    2010-01-01

    = AFT = BRDF = Caltrans = CBA = CCRM = CDM = CSMIP = DCC =Choosing by Advantages (CBA) is a decision-making systemimportance of advantages. The CBA system is centered around

  11. Environmental life cycle assessment as a decision making tool

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    Grossmann, Ignacio E.

    Variables (0,1): Drivers selection between electrical motors and steam turbines boilers, air fans and pumps · Bi-objective optimization to consider environmental and economic metrics · Steam and Power Plant #12;PASI 2011 Steam and power plant #12;PASI 2011 Steam and power demands #12;Martínez P. and Eliceche

  12. Decision making under epistemic uncertainty : an application to seismic design

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    Agarwal, Anna

    2008-01-01

    The problem of accounting for epistemic uncertainty in risk management decisions is conceptually straightforward, but is riddled with practical difficulties. Simple approximations are often used whereby future variations ...

  13. Finding Common Ground: Exploring the Experiences of Client Involvement in Medication Decisions Using a Shared Decision Making Model

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    Goscha, Richard J.

    2009-12-01

    medications. Purposeful sampling, with an emphasis on achieving maximum variation, was used to better understand the interactive processes that contribute to as well as hinder client involvement in shared decision making. Multiple interviews with all...

  14. Climate change scenario planning in Alaska's National Parks: Stakeholder involvement in the decision-making process

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    Ernst, Kathleen M; Van Riemsdijk, Dr. Micheline

    2013-01-01

    This article studies the participation of stakeholders in climate change decision-making in Alaska s National Parks. We place stakeholder participation within literatures on environmental and climate change decision-making. We conducted participant observation and interviews in two planning workshops to investigate the decision-making process, and our findings are three-fold. First, the inclusion of diverse stakeholders expanded climate change decision-making beyond National Park Service (NPS) institutional constraints. Second, workshops of the Climate Change Scenario Planning Project (CCSPP) enhanced institutional understandings of participants attitudes towards climate change and climate change decision-making. Third, the geographical context of climate change influences the decisionmaking process. As the first regional approach to climate change decision-making within the NPS, the CCSPP serves as a model for future climate change planning in public land agencies. This study shows how the participation of stakeholders can contribute to robust decisions, may move climate change decision-making beyond institutional barriers, and can provide information about attitudes towards climate change decision-making.

  15. Efficient Sequential Decision-Making Algorithms for Container Inspection

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    Madigan, David

    formulate a port of entry inspection sequencing task as a problem of finding an optimal binary decision tree for an appropriate Boolean decision function. We report on new algorithms for finding such optimal trees the method. Finding algorithms for sequential diagnosis that minimize the total "cost" of the inspection

  16. DAM SAFETY DECISION-MAKING: COMBINING ENGINEERING ASSESSMENTS WITH RISK INFORMATION

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    Bowles, David S.

    DAM SAFETY DECISION-MAKING: COMBINING ENGINEERING ASSESSMENTS WITH RISK INFORMATION David S. Bowles breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14 (NIV) ABSTRACT A decision assessments and risk assessments. The approach can be adapted to any dam owner's unique decision context

  17. Community and public participation: Risk Communication and Improving Decision Making in Flood and

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    Jones, Peter JS

    Community and public participation: Risk Communication and Improving Decision Making in Flood Street, London (Jeremy.Richardson@Scottwilson.com) Joanne Reilly, Social Research Officer, Flood Defence communication and improving decision making in flood and coastal defence. Presentation at 38th DEFRA Flood

  18. Integrating human and robot decision-making dynamics with feedback: Models and convergence analysis

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    Leonard, Naomi

    , a well-studied decision-making task in behavioral experiments. The human subject chooses between two structures, the behavioral experiments show convergence to suboptimal choices. We propose a human- supervised and the kinds of decisions humans make in psychology experiments. We consider a class of sequential binary

  19. The influence of predicted arm biomechanics on decision making Ignasi Cos, Nicolas Blanger, and Paul Cisek

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    Gribble, Paul

    The influence of predicted arm biomechanics on decision making Ignasi Cos, Nicolas Bélanger arm biomechanics on decision making. J Neurophysiol 105: 3022­3033, 2011. First published March 30, 2011; doi:10.1152/jn.00975.2010.-- There is considerable debate on the extent to which biomechanical

  20. Environmental laws regulating chemicals: Uses of information in decision making under environmental statutes

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    Gaba, J.M.

    1990-12-31

    Three areas are addressed in this paper: generic issues that arise simply in the process of decision-making under environmental statutes; different decision-making standards under various environmental statutes; and efforts to legislate a {open_quotes}safe{close_quotes} or {open_quotes}acceptable{close_quotes} risk from exposure to carcinogenic chemicals.

  1. Economics and Decision-Making for Climate Change and Sustainability

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    Schmittner, Andreas

    summer on record ·Polar bears could disappear within a century ·Global warming, economic decisions are driving phenomena such as global warming and biodiversity is a global externality ­ very difficult to tackle from an economic point of view

  2. Reliability improvement project decision making : water cooling system redesign

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    Devine, Paul (Paul S.)

    2006-01-01

    Deciding on which reliability & performance improvement projects to launch or to reject has historically been an extremely challenging responsibility of Teradyne management. Incorrect decisions can lead to major customer ...

  3. Value stream financial modeling for improved production decision making

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    Hopkins, Christopher Warren

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the overall impact of a decision in a manufacturing system can be challenging given the complex production and financial structures in today's companies. While knowing the direct result of a local change may ...

  4. Decision-making processes in shipping acquisitions and shipbuilding

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    Maroulis, Vasileios

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis is to expand and analyze the decisions that are constantly being made by shipping companies concerning acquisition of newbuildings, the construction of newbuildings, operational aspects as well ...

  5. Two Axiomatic Approaches to Decision Making Using Possibility Theory

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    Giang, Phan H.; Shenoy, Prakash P.

    2005-04-16

    } min(? i ,? i (x)). (1) See [3]for more details. To the decision maker, the value of decision d is the same as the value of the induced lottery ? d . And thanks to the mixture construct, the set ? X is rich enough to encode not only a simple lottery... mapping from uncertainty scale V onto util- ity scale U such that h(1) = 1 and h(0) = 0. A pessimistic qualitative utility function QU ? :? X ?U is de?ned as follows: QU ? (?) def =min x?X max(nh(?(x)),u(x)) (5) where nh def = n?h is composition of n and h...

  6. Learning environment simulator: a tool for local decision makers and first responders

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    Leclaire, Rene J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hirsch, Gary B [CLE, INCORPORATED

    2009-01-01

    The National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC) has developed a prototype learning environment simulator (LES) based on the Critical Infrastructure Protection Decision Support System (CIPDSS) infrastructure and scenario models. The LES is designed to engage decision makers at the grass-roots level (local/city/state) to deepen their understanding of an evolving crisis, enhance their intuition and allow them to test their own strategies for events before they occur. An initial version is being developed, centered on a pandemic influenza outbreak and has been successfully tested with a group of hospital administrators and first responders. LES is not a predictive tool but rather a simulated environment allowing the user to experience the complexities of a crisis before it happens. Users can contrast various approaches to the crisis, competing with alternative strategies of their own or other participants. LES is designed to assist decision makers in making informed choices by functionally representing relevant scenarios before they occur, including impacts to critical infrastructures with their interdependencies, and estimating human health & safety and economic impacts. In this paper a brief overview of the underlying models are given followed by a description of the LES, its interface and usage and an overview of the experience testing LES with a group of hospital administrators and first responders. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the work remaining to make LES operational.

  7. Robust Decision Making using a Risk-Averse Utility Set

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    2012-03-17

    Mar 17, 2012 ... economics, energy, finance, health care, management, marketing, etc. ... functions preserves a decision maker's primary preference (see e.g., M?ller and .... supply-demand case, the utility function constructed by the market demand ? is ...... Based on the set S of signed measures on ? of finite total mass, we.

  8. The Design of an Intelligent Decision Support Tool for Submarine Commanders

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    Cummings, Mary "Missy"

    1 The Design of an Intelligent Decision Support Tool for Submarine Commanders by Geoffrey P, or the U.S. Government. #12;3 The Design of an Intelligent Decision Support Tool for Submarine Commanders search of headlines shows a high number of maritime collisions and accidents. The USS Hartford, a nuclear

  9. Impacts of Personality on Herding in Financial Decision-Making

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    Baddeley, Michelle; Burke, C.; Schultz, Wolfram; Tobler, T.

    Bayesian principles of statistical inference. This paper outlines the results from a herding task designed to extend these analyses. Empirically, we estimate logistic functions using panel fixed effect estimation techniques to quantify the impact of herd... inference in practice (Salop 1987; Tversky and Kahneman 1974; Baddeley et al. 2005). For example, cognitive biases may limit rational behaviour in ?reverse cascades‘ –when incorrect decisions lead to information cascades down the wrong path (Sgroi 2003...

  10. ORISE: Training Tools for Healthy Schools | How ORISE is Making...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Training Tools for Healthy Schools CDC gains wider audience through e-learning developed by ORAU Training Tools for Healthy Schools ORAU instructional designers and developers are...

  11. Scott Nicholson -The Bibliomining Process: Data Warehousing and Data Mining for Library Decision-Making Nicholson, S. (2003) The Bibliomining Process: Data Warehousing and Data Mining for Library Decision-Making.

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    Nicholson, Scott

    2003-01-01

    for Library Decision-Making Scott Nicholson, Ph.D., MLIS, Syracuse University School of Information Studies, 4

  12. New information technologies in public participation : a challenge to old decision-making institutional frameworks

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    Ferraz de Abreu, Pedro Manuel Barbosa

    2002-01-01

    Given the progress in information technology (IT) in the past 30 years, I hypothesized that new conditions exist for considerable improvements in public participation in decision-making. In order to test my hypothesis, I ...

  13. Multi-objective constrained optimization for decision making and optimization for system architectures

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    Lin, Maokai

    2010-01-01

    This thesis proposes new methods to solve three problems: 1) how to model and solve decision-making problems, 2) how to translate between a graphical representation of systems and a matrix representation of systems, and ...

  14. Asian real estate investment : data utilization for the decision making process

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    Huh, Keun, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2007-01-01

    Many investors in developed countries believe the Asian emerging market to be highly risky due to numerous uncertainties including limited market information to make sound investment decisions. However, still successful ...

  15. A Mobile Robot Testbed for Prognostics-Enabled Autonomous Decision Making

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    Daigle, Matthew

    A Mobile Robot Testbed for Prognostics-Enabled Autonomous Decision Making Edward Balaban1 , Sriram sriram.narasimhan-1@nasa.gov matthew.j.daigle@nasa.gov 4, 5 SGT Inc., NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett

  16. Spirituality and Race in Career Decision Making: Perspectives of Blacks Who Recently Graduated from Undergraduate Programs 

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    Turner-Driver, Tonya

    2014-06-30

    The purpose of this study was to examine how racial and spiritual identities influenced career decision making among a select group of Blacks who recently graduated from undergraduate programs at a Predominately White ...

  17. Decision making based on optical excitation transfer via near-field interactions between quantum dots

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    Naruse, Makoto, E-mail: naruse@nict.go.jp [Photonic Network Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4-2-1 Nukui-kita, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795 (Japan); Nomura, Wataru; Ohtsu, Motoichi [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Aono, Masashi [Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguru-ku, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Sonnefraud, Yannick; Drezet, Aurélien; Huant, Serge [Université Grenoble Alpes, Inst. NEEL, F-38000 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Inst. NEEL, F-38042 Grenoble (France); Kim, Song-Ju [WPI Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2014-10-21

    Optical near-field interactions between nanostructured matters, such as quantum dots, result in unidirectional optical excitation transfer when energy dissipation is induced. This results in versatile spatiotemporal dynamics of the optical excitation, which can be controlled by engineering the dissipation processes and exploited to realize intelligent capabilities such as solution searching and decision making. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the ability to solve a decision making problem on the basis of optical excitation transfer via near-field interactions by using colloidal quantum dots of different sizes, formed on a geometry-controlled substrate. We characterize the energy transfer behavior due to multiple control light patterns and experimentally demonstrate the ability to solve the multi-armed bandit problem. Our work makes a decisive step towards the practical design of nanophotonic systems capable of efficient decision making, one of the most important intellectual attributes of the human brain.

  18. Voluntary Participation in Organizational Decision-Making: A Model and an Experimental Test 

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    McMahon, Anne; Camilleri, Santo F

    2015-08-11

    -Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 by Anne McMahon Stanford University and Santo F. Camilleri Michigan State University VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL DECISION-MAKING: A MODEL AND AN EXPERIMENTAL TEST* Technical Report No. 44 1972...

  19. A Decision-Making Model for the Asian Intelligent Building Index 

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    Hong, J.; Chen, Z.; Li, H.; Xu, Q.

    2006-01-01

    The paper presents a multi-criteria decision-making model to evaluate the sustainable performances of intelligent buildings based on the Asian IB index, which is recommended by the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings. To undertake this task...

  20. Investigating the Relationship between the Perceptions of Principals and Teachers on Site-Based Decision Making 

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    Owens, Sandra Deshon

    2013-12-06

    The purpose of this record of study was to investigate the nature of relationships between the perceptions of principals and teachers on site-based decision making (SBDM) and to uncover patterns existing in relationships between and among state...

  1. Modeling and analysis of dynamic decision making in sequential two-choice tasks

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    is calculated, and thus needs to explore through a series of A and B using rewards as feedback. In this type is related to human factors such as personality. Human decision making in sequential two-choice tasks has

  2. Environmental Assessment of Pavement Alternatives: Decision-Making in Light of

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    Handy, Susan L.

    Environmental Assessment of Pavement Alternatives: Decision-Making in Light of Current Knowledge areas) · All have same issues regarding materials, design, management, environmental impact · Focus maintenance and rehabilitation · 90 % of work is maintenance, preservation, rehabilitation, recycling

  3. Application of multi-criteria decision-making on strategic municipal solid waste management in Dalmatia, Croatia

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    Vego, Goran Kucar-Dragicevic, Savka Koprivanac, Natalija

    2008-11-15

    The efficiency of providing a waste management system in the coastal part of Croatia consisting of four Dalmatian counties has been modelled. Two multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) methods, PROMETHEE and GAIA, were applied to assist with the systematic analysis and evaluation of the alternatives. The analysis covered two levels; first, the potential number of waste management centres resulting from possible inter-county cooperation; and second, the relative merits of siting of waste management centres in the coastal or hinterland zone was evaluated. The problem was analysed according to several criteria; and ecological, economic, social and functional criteria sets were identified as relevant to the decision-making process. The PROMETHEE and GAIA methods were shown to be efficient tools for analysing the problem considered. Such an approach provided new insights to waste management planning at the strategic level, and gave a reason for rethinking some of the existing strategic waste management documents in Croatia.

  4. The Roles of Nicotinic and Muscarinic Cholinergic Receptors in Risky and Impulsive Decision Making 

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    Mendez, Ian Alfredo

    2012-02-14

    -1 THE ROLES OF NICOTINIC AND MUSCARINIC CHOLINERGIC RECEPTORS IN RISKY AND IMPULSIVE DECISION MAKING A Dissertation by IAN ALFREDO MENDEZ Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY December 2010 Major Subject: Psychology The Roles of Nicotinic and Muscarinic Cholinergic Receptors in Risky and Impulsive Decision Making Copyright...

  5. Designating marine protected areas in the United States and Ecuador: understanding the decision-making process 

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    Kendrick, Amrit Work

    1991-01-01

    DESIGNATING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ECUADOR: UNDERSTANDING THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS A Thesis by AMRIT WORK KENDRICK Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A 8 M University in partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE May 1991 Major Subject: Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences DESIGNATING MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ECUADOR: UNDERSTANDING THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS A Thesis by AMRIT WORK KENDRICK A...

  6. Robust Decision-making Applied to Model Selection

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    Hemez, Francois M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-08-06

    The scientific and engineering communities are relying more and more on numerical models to simulate ever-increasingly complex phenomena. Selecting a model, from among a family of models that meets the simulation requirements, presents a challenge to modern-day analysts. To address this concern, a framework is adopted anchored in info-gap decision theory. The framework proposes to select models by examining the trade-offs between prediction accuracy and sensitivity to epistemic uncertainty. The framework is demonstrated on two structural engineering applications by asking the following question: Which model, of several numerical models, approximates the behavior of a structure when parameters that define each of those models are unknown? One observation is that models that are nominally more accurate are not necessarily more robust, and their accuracy can deteriorate greatly depending upon the assumptions made. It is posited that, as reliance on numerical models increases, establishing robustness will become as important as demonstrating accuracy.

  7. Research Focus A general mechanism for decision-making in the

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    Newsome, William

    Research Focus A general mechanism for decision-making in the human brain? Alan E. Rorie by flipping coins, rolling dice or drawing straws. Ideally, jurors attend carefully and equally to all sources-making in human subjects. Functional MRI data obtained while subjects categorized visual images suggest

  8. Ecosystem Services in Decision Making: Time to Deliver Author(s): Gretchen C. Daily, Stephen Polasky, Joshua Goldstein, Peter M. Kareiva, Harold A.

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    Vermont, University of

    Ecosystem Services in Decision Making: Time to Deliver Author(s): Gretchen C. Daily, Stephen. 7, No. 1, The Role of Ecosystem Services in Conservation and Resource Management (Feb., 2009), pp of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity

  9. Shared Decision Making in Early Childhood Research: A Foundation for Successful Community-University Partnerships

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    Lamb-Parker, Faith; Greenfield, Daryl B.; Fantuzzo, John W.; Clark, Cheryl; Coolahan, Kathleen Coyle

    2002-01-01

    -university partnerships. Dia- logue from the Field, 5(2 & 3), 356-377. Turnbull, A.P., Summers, J.A., Santelli, B., & Markey, U. (2002). Commentary on shared decision making. Dialogue from the Field, 5(2 & 3), 377-378. The study by Lamb-Parker and associates provides... of their partnerships, the re- searchers received responses from 58 of 75 Head-Start funded research projects requiring university-Head Start partnerships. They found significant differences be- tween programs with high levels of shared decision making and those...

  10. Gains and losses in the eyes of the beholder: a comparative study of foreign policy decision making under risk 

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    Yang, Yi

    2006-04-12

    Prospect theory is a descriptive model of individual decision-making under risk (Kahneman and Tversky 1979). The central tenet of prospect theory posits that the risk orientation of decision-makers is affected by the gains vs. losses domains...

  11. COMPARING DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS FOR CARGO SCREENING PROCESSES Peer-Olaf Siebers(a)

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    Aickelin, Uwe

    the decision making is Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) (Hanley and Spash 1993). While CBA is useful in our case monetary inputs into account. It can use the results of a CBA as monetary input and service quality

  12. 15.060 Data, Models, and Decisions, Fall 2002

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    Freund, Robert Michael

    Introduces students to the basic tools in using data to make informed management decisions. Covers introductory probability, decision analysis, basic statistics, regression, simulation, linear and nonlinear optimization, ...

  13. AN ASSESSMENT OF ENERGY INTENSITY INDICATORS AND THEIR ROLE AS POLICY -MAKING TOOLS

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    AN ASSESSMENT OF ENERGY INTENSITY INDICATORS AND THEIR ROLE AS POLICY - MAKING TOOLS by Mallika as policy tools in the context of issues related to the development, interpretation and application trends in energy use, their role as climate change policy tools is limited, particularly

  14. Policy Gradient Planning for Environmental Decision Making with Existing Mark Crowley and David Poole

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    Poole, David

    Policy Gradient Planning for Environmental Decision Making with Existing Simulators Mark Crowley policies for sustainable harvest planning of a forest. Introduction In many environmental and natural and David Poole University of British Columbia crowley@cs.ubc.ca poole@cs.ubc.ca Abstract In environmental

  15. Decision-making in structure solution using Bayesian estimates of map quality: the PHENIX autosol wizard

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    Terwilliger, Thomas C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Adams, Paul D [LBNL; Read, Randy J [UNIV OF CAMBRIDGE; Mccoy, Airlie J [UNIV OF CAMBRIDGE

    2008-01-01

    Ten measures of experimental electron-density-map quality are examined and the skewness of electron density is found to be the best indicator of actual map quality. A Bayesian approach to estimating map quality is developed and used in the PHENIX AutoSol wizard to make decisions during automated structure solution.

  16. Decision Making of Mobile Robot in the Presence of Risk on Its Surroundings 

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    Huh, Sung

    2012-02-14

    Mobile robots are used on many areas and its demand on extreme terrain, hazardous area, or life-threatening place is increasing to reduce the loss of life. A good decision making capability is essential for successful navigation of autonomous robot...

  17. TransDec: A Data-Driven Framework for Decision-Making in Transportation Systems

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    Shahabi, Cyrus

    Transportation Systems). The RIITS dataset is collected by various organizations based in Los Angeles County1 TransDec: A Data-Driven Framework for Decision-Making in Transportation Systems Ugur Demiryurek Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781 [demiryur, banaeika, shahabi]@usc.edu ABSTRACT In this paper, we present

  18. Distributed Smart-home Decision-making in a Hierarchical Interactive Smart Grid

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    Jayaweera, Sudharman K.

    1 Distributed Smart-home Decision-making in a Hierarchical Interactive Smart Grid Architecture Ding develop a comprehensive real-time interactive framework for the Utility and customers in a smart grid complicated smart grid architectures beyond the assumed abstract model. Index Terms--Bayesian Nash equilibria

  19. MEASURING READINESS FOR CAREER-DECISION MAKING WITH THE CAREER THOUGHTS INVENTORY IN FINLAND

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    McQuade, D. Tyler

    1 MEASURING READINESS FOR CAREER-DECISION MAKING WITH THE CAREER THOUGHTS INVENTORY IN FINLAND University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland. James Sampson, Ph.D., is Associate Dean, College of Educational Research Methodology, the Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

  20. Much Needed Structure [Structured Decision-Making with DMRCS. Define-Measure-Reduce-Combine-Select

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    Anderson-Cook, Christine M.; Lu, Lu

    2015-10-01

    We have described a new DMRCS process for structured decision making, which mirrors the approach of the DMAIC process which has become so popular within Lean Six Sigma. By dividing a complex often unstructured process into distinct steps, we hope to have made the task of balancing multiple competing objectives less daunting.

  1. Thesis proposal CSF Brazil 2014 Sustainability based decision making framework for bio-refining processes

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    Bordenave, Charles

    are forcing industries to investigate the sustainable environmental performance of their processesThesis proposal CSF Brazil 2014 Title: Sustainability based decision making framework for bio: Diverse policies such as REACH regulation, VOC directives, AIChE sustainability metrics and indicators

  2. Incorporating Uncertainty in Watershed Management Decision-Making: A Mercury TMDL Case Study

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    Stanford University

    Incorporating Uncertainty in Watershed Management Decision-Making: A Mercury TMDL Case Study-4020, Stanford, CA 94305-4020; email: labiosa@stanford.edu 2 Department of Management Science. Several mercury Total Maximum Daily Load regulations are currently being developed to address this problem

  3. Trustworthy Decision Making via Commitments Anup K. Kalia, Zhe Zhang, and Munindar P. Singh

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    Trustworthy Decision Making via Commitments Anup K. Kalia, Zhe Zhang, and Munindar P. Singh North Carolina State University {akkalia, zzhang13}@ncsu.edu, m.singh@ieee.org Abstract. Existing approaches and determine trust values between agents based on the progression of these relationships. Singh [16

  4. City-Level Energy Decision Making. Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities

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    Aznar, Alexandra; Day, Megan; Doris, Elizabeth; Mathur, Shivani; Donohoo-Vallett, Paul

    2015-07-08

    The Cities-LEAP technical report, City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities, explores how a sample of cities incorporates data into making energy-related decisions. This report provides the foundation for forthcoming components of the Cities-LEAP project that will help cities improve energy decision making by mapping specific city energy or climate policies and actions to measurable impacts and results.

  5. ENERGY-10: The making of a design tool

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    Balcomb, J.D.; Prowler, D.

    1997-12-31

    The ENERGY-10 computer program, released in June 1996, is a design tool, distinct from other energy-evaluation programs. Energy performance simulation, based on an hourly time step through a year of typical data, is an essential part of the process, however, ENERGY-10 goes far beyond this to facilitate the integration of energy efficiency into the design process of a building, ENERGY-10 incorporates time-saving features, AutoBuild, APPLY, RANK, and KEEP, and produces a rich graphical output. The program was described in a paper, The ENERGY-10 Design Tool Computer Program, presented at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) conference, Solar 95, in Minneapolis, MN, and in a Solar Today article, ENERGY-10, Saving Energy by Design, by Rick Clyne (May/June 1996, pp 24-27). This paper describes the origins of ENERGY-10. It evaluates how well the approach has succeeded and describes proposed remedies to shortcomings. The purpose is fourfold--to expand on the rationale for the design of the program, to describe enhancements that are planned for future releases of the program, to evaluate user feedback, and to discuss ENERGY-10 as a tool for getting new strategies into the marketplace.

  6. 402 Int. J. Management and Decision Making, Vol. 10, Nos. 5/6, 2009 Copyright 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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    Casillas Barranquero, Jorge

    and Decision Making, Vol. 10, Nos. 5/6, pp.402­428. Biographical notes: Jorge Casillas received the MSc and Ph

  7. Energy Signal Tool for Decision Support in Building Energy Systems

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    Henze, G. P.; Pavlak, G. S.; Florita, A. R.; Dodier, R. H.; Hirsch, A. I.

    2014-12-01

    A prototype energy signal tool is demonstrated for operational whole-building and system-level energy use evaluation. The purpose of the tool is to give a summary of building energy use which allows a building operator to quickly distinguish normal and abnormal energy use. Toward that end, energy use status is displayed as a traffic light, which is a visual metaphor for energy use that is either substantially different from expected (red and yellow lights) or approximately the same as expected (green light). Which light to display for a given energy end use is determined by comparing expected to actual energy use. As expected, energy use is necessarily uncertain; we cannot choose the appropriate light with certainty. Instead, the energy signal tool chooses the light by minimizing the expected cost of displaying the wrong light. The expected energy use is represented by a probability distribution. Energy use is modeled by a low-order lumped parameter model. Uncertainty in energy use is quantified by a Monte Carlo exploration of the influence of model parameters on energy use. Distributions over model parameters are updated over time via Bayes' theorem. The simulation study was devised to assess whole-building energy signal accuracy in the presence of uncertainty and faults at the submetered level, which may lead to tradeoffs at the whole-building level that are not detectable without submetering.

  8. Avoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three: Maintaining an Institutional Record for Library Decision-Making Please cite as

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    Nicholson, Scott

    for Library Decision-Making in Threatening Times By Dr. Scott Nicholson, MLIS; Assistant Professor, Syracuse

  9. Reducing Subjectivity in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making (Presentation); NREL(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Akar, S.; Young, K.

    2015-01-01

    Geothermal exploration projects have a significant amount of risk associated with uncertainties encountered in the discovery of the geothermal resource. Two of the largest challenges for increased geothermal deployment are 1) understanding when and how to proceed in an exploration program, and 2) when to walk away from a site. Current methodologies for exploration decision-making are formulatedby subjective expert opinion which can be incorrectly biased by expertise (e.g. geochemistry, geophysics), geographic location of focus, and the assumed conceptual model. The aim of this project is to develop a methodology for more objective geothermal exploration decision making at a given location, including go/no-go decision points to help developers and investors decide when to give up on alocation. In this scope, two different approaches are investigated: 1) value of information analysis (VOIA) which is used for evaluating and quantifying the value of a data before they are purchased, and 2) enthalpy-based exploration targeting based on reservoir size, temperature gradient estimates, and internal rate of return (IRR). The first approach, VOIA, aims to identify the value of aparticular data when making decisions with an uncertain outcome. This approach targets the pre-drilling phase of exploration. These estimated VOIs are highly affected by the size of the project and still have a high degree of subjectivity in assignment of probabilities. The second approach, exploration targeting, is focused on decision making during the drilling phase. It starts with a basicgeothermal project definition that includes target and minimum required production capacity and initial budgeting for exploration phases. Then, it uses average temperature gradient, reservoir temperature estimates, and production capacity to define targets and go/no-go limits. The decision analysis in this approach is based on achieving a minimum IRR at each phase of the project. This secondapproach was determined to be less subjective, since numerical inputs come from the collected data. And it helps to facilitate communication between project managers and exploration geologists in making objective go/no-go decisions throughout the different project phases.

  10. Unified Data Access/query over Integrated Data-views for Decision Making in Geographic Information Systems

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    disaster planning, crisis management and early-warning systems. Decision making in Geographic Information in Astronomy and Geographic Information Systems, respectively. We are now at the point that we can put management and early-warning systems. Decision making in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) increasingly

  11. EERE 'Buildings Prioritization Tool' Helps Shape EERE Projects...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    make investment decisions within resource constraints to maximize value and for the taxpayer. Strategic programs created a novel tool for supporting these decisions and...

  12. Knowledge-to-Action Guides: Preparing Families to Be Partners in Making Educational Decisions

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    Turnbull, Ann P.; Zuna, Nina; Hong, Joo Young; Hu, Xiaoyi; Kyzar, Kathleen; Obremski, Shea; Summers, Jean Ann; Turnbull, H. Rutherford; Stowe, Matthew J.

    2010-01-01

    parents become experts in special education, and help make good decisions about their children's education programs? Knowledge to action (KTA) guides are one resource, providing families access to top tier knowledge on evidence- based practice... Coordination Providing Emotional Snppoil to Families Through Parent to Parent Programs Video in English and Spajiish Parent quotes/action steps from Community of Practice 4 family stories 4 stale education department family- friendly guides 3 family stories...

  13. The Role of MAS as a Decision Support Tool in a Water-Rights Market

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    Garrido, Antonio

    The Role of MAS as a Decision Support Tool in a Water-Rights Market Vicente Botti1 , Antonio@iiia.csic.es Abstract. Water is getting a more and more scarce resource, which motivates the idea of designing a framework where water rights may be exchanged more freely, thus leading to a more efficient use of water

  14. Decision-support tool for assessing future nuclear reactor generation portfolios.

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    Oosterlee, Cornelis W. "Kees"

    Decision-support tool for assessing future nuclear reactor generation portfolios. Shashi Jain, where especially capital costs are known to be highly uncertain. Differ- ent nuclear reactor types uncertainties in the cost elements of a nuclear power plant, to provide an optimal portfolio of nuclear reactors

  15. StarVis: A Configural Decision Support Tool for Schedule Management of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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    Cummings, Mary "Missy"

    in Aeronautics and Astronautics Abstract As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) become increasingly autonomousStarVis: A Configural Decision Support Tool for Schedule Management of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Aerial Vehicles by Amy S. Brzezinski Submitted to the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  16. A Cumulative Energy Demand indicator (CED), life cycle based, for industrial waste management decision making

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    Puig, Rita, E-mail: rita.puig@eei.upc.edu [Escola d’Enginyeria d’Igualada (EEI), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Plaça del Rei, 15, 08700 Igualada (Spain); Fullana-i-Palmer, Pere [UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), c/Passeig Pujades, 1, 08003 Barcelona (Spain); Baquero, Grau; Riba, Jordi-Roger [Escola d’Enginyeria d’Igualada (EEI), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Plaça del Rei, 15, 08700 Igualada (Spain); Bala, Alba [UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), c/Passeig Pujades, 1, 08003 Barcelona (Spain)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: • We developed a methodology useful to environmentally compare industrial waste management options. • The methodology uses a Net Energy Demand indicator which is life cycle based. • The method was simplified to be widely used, thus avoiding cost driven decisions. • This methodology is useful for governments to promote the best environmental options. • This methodology can be widely used by other countries or regions around the world. - Abstract: Life cycle thinking is a good approach to be used for environmental decision-support, although the complexity of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies sometimes prevents their wide use. The purpose of this paper is to show how LCA methodology can be simplified to be more useful for certain applications. In order to improve waste management in Catalonia (Spain), a Cumulative Energy Demand indicator (LCA-based) has been used to obtain four mathematical models to help the government in the decision of preventing or allowing a specific waste from going out of the borders. The conceptual equations and all the subsequent developments and assumptions made to obtain the simplified models are presented. One of the four models is discussed in detail, presenting the final simplified equation to be subsequently used by the government in decision making. The resulting model has been found to be scientifically robust, simple to implement and, above all, fulfilling its purpose: the limitation of waste transport out of Catalonia unless the waste recovery operations are significantly better and justify this transport.

  17. Community participation and environmental decision-making in the Niger Delta

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    Adomokai, Rosemary; Sheate, William R

    2004-07-01

    The participation of communities in the process of environmental decision-making in Nigeria and the Niger Delta region in particular is a relatively new process. There are many practical problems ranging from financial support, methods used and the willingness of identified stakeholders to participate. This paper seeks to highlight recent developments in community participation and environmental decision-making in the Niger Delta, using the EIA Decree of 1992 as a reference point. The EIA Decree of 1992 is the only legislation that refers to participation of the communities when environmental decisions are being made. The study reported here aimed to examine differences and similarities between the identified stakeholders interviewed in the research, in order to highlight areas of improvement that will encourage positive changes to the process and foster better relations between the stakeholders. The paper provides a brief background to community participation in the Niger Delta region and reports on the research approach adopted. Interviews with stakeholders in the EIA process were undertaken to provide a better understanding of public participation in practice under the EIA Decree. While participation was found to be now firmly on the agenda, there is still much to do to engender greater awareness of EIA and the potential benefits participation can hold.

  18. A model of human collective decision-making in complex environments

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    Carbone, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    A continuous-time Markov process is proposed to analyze how a group of humans solves a complex task, consisting in the search of the optimal set of decisions on a fitness landscape. Individuals change their opinions driven by two different forces: (i) the rational behavior which pushes them to change their opinions as to increase their own fitness values, and (ii) the social interactions which push individuals to reduce the diversity of their opinions in order to reach consensus. Results show that the performance of the group is strongly affected by the strength of social interactions and by the level of knowledge of the individuals. Increasing the strength of social interactions improves the performance of the team. However, too strong social interactions slow down the search of the optimal solution and worsen the performance of the group. We prove that a moderate level of knowledge is already enough to guarantee high performance of the group in making decisions.

  19. Managing the global commons decision making and conflict resolution in response to climate change

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    Rayner, S. ); Naegeli, W.; Lund, P. )

    1990-07-01

    A workshop was convened to develop a better understanding of decision-making matters concerning management of the global commons and to resolve conflicts in response to climate change. This workshop report does not provide a narrative of the proceedings. The workshop program is included, as are the abstracts of the papers that were presented. Only the introductory paper on social science research by William Riebsame and the closing summary by Richard Rockwell are reprinted here. This brief report focuses instead on the deliberations of the working groups that developed during the workshop. 4 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Decision-Making for High Renewable Electricity Futures in the United States

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    This short Report Review highlights aspects of policy, regulation, finance, markets and operations that can help enable high penetration renewable energy electricity generation futures. It uses analytical results from the NREL Renewable Electricity Futures (REF) Study as a basis for discussion. As technical issues have been shown not to be key impediments for this pathway at the hourly level for the bulk system, we focus on other aspects of public and private decision-making. We conclude by describing how the REF might inform future research and development by the scientific community.

  1. Scanner Data in Managerial Decision-Making: A Case Study for Supermarkets. 

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    Capps, Oral Jr.; Thomas, Jeffrey M.; Long, Don L.

    1988-01-01

    . Hypotheses It appears that changes in scanning systems have been so rapid and varied that techniques for effectively incorporating the technology into managerial decision making systems are lacking. Even after more than a dec ade, food retailers... Percent Of Year Scanning A Year Ago Per Month Total Sales 1979 1387 159 71 6 1980 2931 111 129 14 1981 4568 56 137 21 1982 6486 42 159 28 1983 8150 26 139 35 1984 9930 22 148 40 Future Projected Growth 1985 11550 16 135 45 1 986 12990 1 2 120 50...

  2. Use of Science in Gulf of Mexico Decision Making Involving Climate Change 

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    Vedlitz, Arnold; Alston, Letitia T.; Laska, Shirley B.; Gramling, Robert B.; Harwell, Mark A.; Worthen, Helen D.

    2007-01-01

    Decision Making Involving Climate Change EPA COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT: R?83023601?0 September 2002 ? December 2007 Dr. ArnolD VeDlitz, Director & BoB Bullock chAir in GoVernment AnD PuBlic Policy institute for science, technoloGy AnD PuBlic Policy... Policy ? The Bush School ? Texas A&M University i Acknowledgements Research Support This material is based upon research supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Assessment/Global Change Research...

  3. Measuring the Efficacy of Leaders to Assess Information and Make Decisions in a Crisis: The C-LEAD Scale

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    Pittinsky, Todd L.

    2009-07-01

    Based on literature and expert interviews, we developed the Crisis Leader Efficacy in Assessing and Deciding scale (C-LEAD) to capture the efficacy of leaders to assess information and make decisions in a public health and ...

  4. What Impacts Decision-Making in the Iowa Gambling Task? A Study into Depressive Symptoms, Personality, Affect and Motivation 

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    Varney, Fiona

    2013-07-02

    that are associated with depressive symptoms such as affect and personality have not necessarily been shown to advantageously impact decision-making on the Iowa Gambling Task, which seems rather inconsistent. Furthermore, task motivation, which would be presumed...

  5. Cross-cultural effects of casualties on foreign policy decision making: South Korea and the United States 

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    Park, Nam Tae

    2009-06-02

    It is well accepted that casualties incurred as a result of interstate militarized disputes have a significant influence on domestic public opinion and ultimately on foreign policy decision making (FPDM). Although scholars ...

  6. Corporate social responsibility and its impact on the corporate decision-making process for university undergraduate research fellows 

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    Bain, Joseph E

    2013-02-22

    This study seeks to answer the question, "How does corporate social responsibility (CSR) influence corporate decision making?" It does so in two steps. The first step is the building of a theoretical framework in order ...

  7. Factors which affect programming decision-making of public information radio tape service by Spanish-language broadcasters in Texas 

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    Pina, Manuel

    1974-01-01

    FACTORS WHICH AFFECT PROGRAMMING DECISION-MAKING OF PUBLIC INFORMATION RADIO TAPE SERVICE BY SPANISH-LANGUAGE BROADCASTERS IN TEXAS A Thesis by MANUEL Pl NA, JR. Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial... fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE August 1974 Major Subject: Educational Administration (public Relations) FACTORS WHICH AFFECT PROGRAMMING DECISION-MAKING OF PUBLIC INFORMATION RADIO TAPE SERVICE BY SPANISH...

  8. Adapting Decisions, Optimizing Facts and Predicting Figures: Can Convergence of Concepts, Tools, Technologies and Standards Catalyze Innovation?

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    Datta, Shoumen

    2008-07-31

    Managing uncertainty is key in decision systems, such as supply chain management or military readiness. We propose a reasonable confluence of existing concepts, tools, technologies and standards that may, collectively, ...

  9. Applications of neural networks to monitoring and decision making in the operation of nuclear power plants

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    Uhrig, R.E. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States) Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States))

    1990-01-01

    Application of neural networks to monitoring and decision making in the operation of nuclear power plants is being investigated under a US Department of Energy sponsored program at the University of Tennessee. Projects include the feasibility of using neural networks for the following tasks: (1) diagnosing specific abnormal conditions or problems in nuclear power plants, (2) detection of the change of mode of operation of the plant, (3) validating signals coming from detectors, (4) review of noise'' data from TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant, and (5) examination of the NRC's database of Letter Event Reports'' for correlation of sequences of events in the reported incidents. Each of these projects and its status are described briefly in this paper. This broad based program has as its objective the definition of the state-of-the-art in using neural networks to enhance the performance of commercial nuclear power plants.

  10. Evaluating the impact of government energy R&D investments through a multi-attribute utility-based decision tool

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    Gerst, Kacy J. (Kacy Jean)

    2011-01-01

    Government agencies characteristically face dynamic policy and investment environments yet frequently rely on ad-hoc decision-making methods in response to complexities inherent in their operating landscape. Additionally, ...

  11. Knowledge Integration to Make Decisions About Complex Systems: Sustainability of Energy Production from Agriculture

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    Danuso, Francesco [University of Udine, Italy

    2010-01-08

    A major bottleneck for improving the governance of complex systems, rely on our ability to integrate different forms of knowledge into a decision support system (DSS). Preliminary aspects are the classification of different types of knowledge (a priori or general, a posteriori or specific, with uncertainty, numerical, textual, algorithmic, complete/incomplete, etc.), the definition of ontologies for knowledge management and the availability of proper tools like continuous simulation models, event driven models, statistical approaches, computational methods (neural networks, evolutionary optimization, rule based systems etc.) and procedure for textual documentation. Following these views at University of Udine, a computer language (SEMoLa, Simple, Easy Modelling Language) for knowledge integration has been developed.  SEMoLa can handle models, data, metadata and textual knowledge; it implements and extends the system dynamics ontology (Forrester, 1968; Jørgensen, 1994) in which systems are modelled by the concepts of material, group, state, rate, parameter, internal and external events and driving variables. As an example, a SEMoLa model to improve management and sustainability (economical, energetic, environmental) of the agricultural farms is presented. The model (X-Farm) simulates a farm in which cereal and forage yield, oil seeds, milk, calves and wastes can be sold or reused. X-Farm is composed by integrated modules describing fields (crop and soil), feeds and materials storage, machinery management, manpower  management, animal husbandry, economic and energetic balances, seed oil extraction, manure and wastes management, biogas production from animal wastes and biomasses.

  12. Argument structure hierarchy system and method for facilitating analysis and decision-making processes

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    Janssen, Terry (9840 Faust Dr., Vienna, VA 22182)

    2000-01-01

    A system and method for facilitating decision-making comprising a computer program causing linkage of data representing a plurality of argument structure units into a hierarchical argument structure. Each argument structure unit comprises data corresponding to a hypothesis and its corresponding counter-hypothesis, data corresponding to grounds that provide a basis for inference of the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis, data corresponding to a warrant linking the grounds to the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis, and data corresponding to backing that certifies the warrant. The hierarchical argument structure comprises a top level argument structure unit and a plurality of subordinate level argument structure units. Each of the plurality of subordinate argument structure units comprises at least a portion of the grounds of the argument structure unit to which it is subordinate. Program code located on each of a plurality of remote computers accepts input from one of a plurality of contributors. Each input comprises data corresponding to an argument structure unit in the hierarchical argument structure and supports the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis. A second programming code is adapted to combine the inputs into a single hierarchical argument structure. A third computer program code is responsive to the second computer program code and is adapted to represent a degree of support for the hypothesis and its corresponding counter-hypothesis in the single hierarchical argument structure.

  13. Approved Module Information for BF2210, 2014/5 Module Title/Name: Making Managerial Decisions Module Code: BF2210

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    Neirotti, Juan Pablo

    Approved Module Information for BF2210, 2014/5 Module Title/Name: Making Managerial Decisions Module Code: BF2210 School: Aston Business School Module Type: Standard Module New Module? No Module Credits: 20 Module Management Information Module Leader Name Florian Gebreiter Email Address gebreif1

  14. Innovative decision-making methods for the preliminary design and operations of air-cushion and other marine vehicles

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    Gougoulidis, Georgios

    2011-01-01

    Ship design is a large-scale, multi-level, complex problem that requires decision-making at every stage of the design process. As such, it requires a great deal of time and resources. The evolution of the process of ship ...

  15. Utilization of Science-Based Information on Climate Change in Decision Making and the Public Policy Process - Phase 1 

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    Vedlitz, Arnold; Alston, Letitia T.; Wood, B. Dan; North, Gerald R.; Lindquist, Eric

    2008-01-01

    Utilization of Science-Based Information on Climate Change in Decision Making and the Public Policy Process - Phase I Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy The Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University Institute... for Science, Technology and Public Policy ? The Bush School ? Texas A&M University 1 Acknowledgements Research Support...

  16. Information technology and decision support tools for stakeholder-driven river basin salinity management

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    Quinn, N.W.T; Cozad, D.B.; Lee, G.

    2010-01-01

    Innovative strategies for effective basin-scale salinity management have been developed in the Hunter River Basin of Australia and more recently in the San Joaquin River Basin of California. In both instances web-based stakeholder information dissemination has been a key to achieving a high level of stakeholder involvement and the formulation of effective decision support salinity management tools. A common element to implementation of salinity management strategies in both river basins has been the concept of river assimilative capacity for controlling export salt loading and the potential for trading of the right to discharge salt load to the river - the Hunter River in Australia and the San Joaquin River in California. Both rivers provide basin drainage and the means of exporting salt to the ocean. The paper compares and contrasts the use of monitoring, modeling and information dissemination in the two basins to achieve environmental compliance and sustain irrigated agriculture in an equitable and socially and politically acceptable manner.

  17. Decision-making in structure solution using Bayesian estimates of map quality: the PHENIX AutoSol wizard

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    Terwilliger, Thomas C., E-mail: terwilliger@lanl.gov [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Adams, Paul D. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, One Cyclotron Road, Building 64R0121, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Read, Randy J.; McCoy, Airlie J. [Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0XY (United Kingdom); Moriarty, Nigel W.; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Afonine, Pavel V.; Zwart, Peter H. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, One Cyclotron Road, Building 64R0121, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Hung, Li-Wei [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2009-06-01

    Ten measures of experimental electron-density-map quality are examined and the skewness of electron density is found to be the best indicator of actual map quality. A Bayesian approach to estimating map quality is developed and used in the PHENIX AutoSol wizard to make decisions during automated structure solution. Estimates of the quality of experimental maps are important in many stages of structure determination of macromolecules. Map quality is defined here as the correlation between a map and the corresponding map obtained using phases from the final refined model. Here, ten different measures of experimental map quality were examined using a set of 1359 maps calculated by re-analysis of 246 solved MAD, SAD and MIR data sets. A simple Bayesian approach to estimation of map quality from one or more measures is presented. It was found that a Bayesian estimator based on the skewness of the density values in an electron-density map is the most accurate of the ten individual Bayesian estimators of map quality examined, with a correlation between estimated and actual map quality of 0.90. A combination of the skewness of electron density with the local correlation of r.m.s. density gives a further improvement in estimating map quality, with an overall correlation coefficient of 0.92. The PHENIX AutoSol wizard carries out automated structure solution based on any combination of SAD, MAD, SIR or MIR data sets. The wizard is based on tools from the PHENIX package and uses the Bayesian estimates of map quality described here to choose the highest quality solutions after experimental phasing.

  18. THE ROLE OF LAND USE IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION MAKING AT THREE DOE MEGA-CLEANUP SITES FERNALD & ROCKY FLATS & MOUND

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    JEWETT MA

    2011-01-14

    This paper explores the role that future land use decisions have played in the establishment of cost-effective cleanup objectives and the setting of environmental media cleanup levels for the three major U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites for which cleanup has now been successfully completed: the Rocky Flats, Mound, and Fernald Closure Sites. At each site, there are distinct consensus-building histories throughout the following four phases: (1) the facility shut-down and site investigation phase, which took place at the completion of their Cold War nuclear-material production missions; (2) the decision-making phase, whereby stakeholder and regulatory-agency consensus was achieved for the future land-use-based environmental decisions confronting the sites; (3) the remedy selection phase, whereby appropriate remedial actions were identified to achieve the future land-use-based decisions; and (4) the implementation phase, whereby the selected remedial actions for these high-profile sites were implemented and successfully closed out. At each of the three projects, there were strained relationships and distrust between the local community and the DOE as a result of site contamination and potential health effects to the workers and local residents. To engage citizens and interested stakeholder groups - particularly in the role of final land use in the decision-making process, the site management teams at each respective site developed new public-participation strategies to open stakeholder communication channels with site leadership, technical staff, and the regulatory agencies. This action proved invaluable to the success of the projects and reaching consensus on appropriate levels of cleanup. With the implementation of the cleanup remedies now complete, each of the three DOE sites have become models for future environmental-remediation projects and associated decision making.

  19. A Comparison of Axiomatic Approaches to Qualitative Decision Making Using Possibility Theory

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    Giang, Phan H.; Shenoy, Prakash P.

    2001-08-01

    ;? 2 2 ? X and ?;? 2 [0;1] such that max(?;?)=1,amixture of ? 1 ;? 2 with weights ?;? denoted by (?=? 1 ;?=? 2 ) can be de?ned as follows (?=? 1 ;?=? 2 )(x)=max(min(?;? 1 (x));min(?;? 2 (x))): Mixture operation is pairwise commutative in the sense...?m min(? i ;? i (x)): (1) To a decision maker, the value of decision d is the same as the value of the induced ? d . And thanks to the mixture construct, set ? X is rich enough to encode not only a simple decision but also a \\compound" de- cision...

  20. WEIGHTING WAITING IN COLLECTIVE DECISION MAKING ROBERT PLANQUE1,3,

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    Planqué, Bob

    , but it is partic- ularly good when emigration conditions are harsh. #12;WEIGHTING WAITING IN COLLECTIVE DECISION that ant colonies have found a good compromise between impatience and procrastination. Early flexibility

  1. Value of more sophistication : capital investment decision-making with competitive dynamics in the mining industry

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    Li, Yuanjian Carla

    2014-01-01

    In many mining markets, one of the central business planning decisions faced by firms is where, when, and by how much to expand their production capacity. Appropriate investment planning methodology is important to both ...

  2. Revised process for work zone decision-making based on quantitative performance measures 

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    Hartmann, Thomas Wayne

    2008-10-10

    Work zones create one of the most challenging environments for drivers. Implementing work zones on urban freeways creates many issues, especially with respect to mobility. Decisions made regarding the work zone should be informed by quantitative...

  3. AN ECONOMIC EXPLORATION OF PREVENTION VERSUS RESPONSE IN ANIMAL RELATED BIOTERRORISM DECISION MAKING

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    McCarl, Bruce A.

    AN ECONOMIC EXPLORATION OF PREVENTION VERSUS RESPONSE IN ANIMAL RELATED BIOTERRORISM DECISION Major Subject: Agricultural Economics #12;AN ECONOMIC EXPLORATION OF PREVENTION VERSUS RESPONSE of Department) December 2004 Major Subject: Agricultural Economics #12;iii ABSTRACT An Economic Exploration

  4. Does It Make Sense To Modify Tropical Cyclones? A Decision-Analytic Assessment

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    Klima, Kelly

    Recent dramatic increases in damages caused by tropical cyclones (TCs) and improved understanding of TC physics have led DHS to fund research on intentional hurricane modification. We present a decision analytic assessment ...

  5. Framework for Selecting Leading Performance Tools for Achieving Leed 3.0 Credits 

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    Pathak, Rutuparna

    2010-10-12

    energy simulation software. They may require resources (tools) to support their decisions and to assess the risk involved in decision making. This research has presented a framework that links building performance assessment tools with the LEED rating...

  6. Computer-Aided Dispatch System as a Decision Making Tool in Public and Private Sectors

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    Lee, I-Jen

    We describe in detail seven distinct areas in both public and private sectors in which a real-time computer-aided dispatch system is applicable to the allocation of scarce resources. Characteristics of a real-time ...

  7. Intersecting Philosophies: A Qualitative Study of Student Conduct Administrators and Their Decision Making Utilizing the Concepts of Justice and Care 

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    Waller, Jennifer

    2013-07-31

    -1 INTERSECTING PHILOSOPHIES: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF STUDENT CONDUCT ADMINISTRATORS AND THEIR DECISION MAKING UTILIZING THE CONCEPTS OF JUSTICE AND CARE A Dissertation by JENNIFER LYNN WALLER Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M... University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Chair of Committee, Fred Bonner Co-Chair of Committee, Kelli Peck Parrott Committee Members, David W. Parrott Manda Rosser Head of Department, Fred M...

  8. Risk Aware Robust Decision Making in Power Systems with Renewable Resources 

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    Thatte, Anupam Ajit

    2014-10-29

    for the combination of a wind farm and an energy storage device participating in a deregulated electricity market. The selection of the uncertainty set for the robust optimization problem, based on the decision maker’s risk preference, is also discussed. From...

  9. Decision Making under Interval and Fuzzy Uncertainty: Towards an Operational Approach

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    Kreinovich, Vladik

    State Oil Academy, Baku, Azerbaijan raliev@asoa.edu.az, oleg huseynov@yahoo.com 2 Azerbaijan Association assumption that for each two alterna- tives, a user can always meaningfully decide which of them. Traditional decision theory is based on a simplifying assumption that for each two alternatives, a user can

  10. Calculus Formation: Nurses' Decision-Making in Abortion-Related Care

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    McLemore, MR; Kools, S; Levi, AJ

    2015-01-01

    Registered Nurses (RNs) routinely provide care to patientsDay, 2010). Enabling RNs to make real-time clinicallyhave depicted how expert RNs develop clinical skills, criti-

  11. Assessment of health-care waste disposal methods using a VIKOR-based fuzzy multi-criteria decision making method

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    Liu, Hu-Chen [School of Management, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan); Wu, Jing [Department of Public Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Li, Ping, E-mail: yiwuchulp@126.com [Shanghai Pudong New Area Zhoupu Hospital, No. 135 Guanyue Road, Shanghai 201318 (China); East Hospital Affiliated to Tongji University, No. 150 Jimo Road, Shanghai 200120 (China)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: • Propose a VIKOR-based fuzzy MCDM technique for evaluating HCW disposal methods. • Linguistic variables are used to assess the ratings and weights for the criteria. • The OWA operator is utilized to aggregate individual opinions of decision makers. • A case study is given to illustrate the procedure of the proposed framework. - Abstract: Nowadays selection of the appropriate treatment method in health-care waste (HCW) management has become a challenge task for the municipal authorities especially in developing countries. Assessment of HCW disposal alternatives can be regarded as a complicated multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) problem which requires consideration of multiple alternative solutions and conflicting tangible and intangible criteria. The objective of this paper is to present a new MCDM technique based on fuzzy set theory and VIKOR method for evaluating HCW disposal methods. Linguistic variables are used by decision makers to assess the ratings and weights for the established criteria. The ordered weighted averaging (OWA) operator is utilized to aggregate individual opinions of decision makers into a group assessment. The computational procedure of the proposed framework is illustrated through a case study in Shanghai, one of the largest cities of China. The HCW treatment alternatives considered in this study include “incineration”, “steam sterilization”, “microwave” and “landfill”. The results obtained using the proposed approach are analyzed in a comparative way.

  12. Utility of Choice: An Information Theoretic Approach to Investment Decision-making

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    M. Khoshnevisan; Sukanto Bhattacharya; Florentin Smarandache

    2002-12-10

    In this paper we have devised an alternative methodological approach for quantifying utility in terms of expected information content of the decision-maker's choice set. We have proposed an extension to the concept of utility by incorporating extrinsic utility; which we have defined as the utility derived from the element of choice afforded to the decision-maker by the availability of an object within his or her object set. We have subsequently applied this extended utility concept to the case of investor utility derived from a structured, financial product - an custom-made investment portfolio incorporating an endogenous capital-guarantee through inclusion of cash as a risk-free asset, based on the Black-Scholes derivative-pricing formulation.

  13. The effects of stress on nuclear power plant operational decision making and training approaches to reduce stress effects

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    Mumaw, R.J.

    1994-08-01

    Operational personnel may be exposed to significant levels of stress during unexpected changes in plant state an plant emergencies. The decision making that identifies operational actions, which is strongly determined by procedures, may be affected by stress, and performance may be impaired. ER report analyzes potential effects of stress in nuclear power plant (NPP) settings, especially in the context of severe accident management (SAM). First, potential sources of stress in the NPP setting are identified. This analysis is followed by a review of the ways in which stress is likely to affect performance, with an emphasis on performance of cognitive skills that are linked to operational decision making. Finally, potential training approaches for reducing or eliminating stress effects are identified. Several training approaches have the potential to eliminate or mitigate stress effects on cognitive skill performance. First, the use of simulated events for training can reduce the novelty and uncertainty that can lead to stress and performance impairments. Second, training to make cognitive processing more efficient and less reliant on attention and memory resources can offset the reductions in these resources that occur under stressful conditions. Third, training that targets crew communications skills can reduce the likelihood that communications will fail under stress.

  14. Demonstration of Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Development - An Application on Alternative Fuels in the Greater Yellowstone-Teton Region

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    Shropshire, D.E.; Cobb, D.A.; Worhach, P.; Jacobson, J.J.; Berrett, S.

    2000-12-30

    The Demonstration of Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Development project integrated the Bechtel/Nexant Industrial Materials Exchange Planner and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory System Dynamic models, demonstrating their capabilities on alternative fuel applications in the Greater Yellowstone-Teton Park system. The combined model, called the Dynamic Industrial Material Exchange, was used on selected test cases in the Greater Yellow Teton Parks region to evaluate economic, environmental, and social implications of alternative fuel applications, and identifying primary and secondary industries. The test cases included looking at compressed natural gas applications in Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming, and studying ethanol use in Yellowstone National Park and gateway cities in Montana. With further development, the system could be used to assist decision-makers (local government, planners, vehicle purchasers, and fuel suppliers) in selecting alternative fuels, vehicles, and developing AF infrastructures. The system could become a regional AF market assessment tool that could help decision-makers understand the behavior of the AF market and conditions in which the market would grow. Based on this high level market assessment, investors and decision-makers would become more knowledgeable of the AF market opportunity before developing detailed plans and preparing financial analysis.

  15. Utilization of Science-Based Information on Climate Change in Decision Making and the Public Policy Process - Phase 2 

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    Vedlitz, Arnold; Lindquist, Eric; Liu, Xinsheng; Zahran, Sammy; Wood, B. Dan; Alston, Letitia T.; North, Gerald

    2010-01-01

    -1 Utilization of Science-Based Information on Climate Change in Decision Making and the Public Policy Process - Phase 2 Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy The Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University Dr. Arnold... Vedlitz, Director & Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy The Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 77843-4350 Phone 979.862.8855 avedlitz...

  16. A GIS based Decision Support Tool for the Management of Industrial Risk S.A Karkanis and G.S.Bonanos

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    Athens, University of

    A GIS based Decision Support Tool for the Management of Industrial Risk S.A Karkanis and G that are based on geographical considerations of the extent of risk. A tool has been developed on a GIS. The tool uses the capabilities of a GIS platform to combine each map with the corresponding information

  17. THREE ESSAYS ON THE CHOICE OF DECISION-MAKING STRUCTURES IN ALLIANCES AND OTHER COMBINED VENTURES AND THE PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS OF SUCH CHOICE AT THE DYADIC AND FIRM LEVELS

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    Martynov, Aleksey

    2011-07-07

    The optimal choice of a decision-making structure in alliances and other combined ventures is an important yet underexplored question. There is no single theory that predicts what types of decision-making structures will be optimal in different...

  18. Preferences play a significant role in human decision making, partic-ularly as they relate to deciding how to act. As such, it comes as no sur-

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    McIlraith, Sheila

    Preferences play a significant role in human decision making, partic- ularly as they relate, but the problem specification provides no addi- tional criteria to distinguish between good and bad plans

  19. A Force-Field Analysis on the Organizational Landscape Influencing Presidential Decision-Making at Small, Private, Liberal Arts Colleges in Iowa 

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    Parker, Gerald Coleman

    2013-04-25

    This study serves the purpose of understanding presidential leadership and the forces that either restrain or influence their decision-making for change and adaptability at six small, private, liberal arts colleges (SPLACs) in Iowa. By utilizing a...

  20. ASSESSING PERFORMANCE OF ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS TO IMPROVE PHILANTHROPIC DECISION-MAKING

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    Farrell, Anthony P.

    that many participants felt the sector would benefit from the use of more quantitative and qualitative-MAKING by Leanne Katherine McConnachie B.A., The University of Victoria, 1988 A thesis submitted in partial in an in-depth qualitative study to establish which performance criteria best determine the effectiveness

  1. Real option analysis as a decision tool in oil field developments

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    Babajide, Abisoye (Abisoye E.)

    2007-01-01

    This thesis shows the applicability and value of real options analysis in developing an oil field, and how its use along with decision analysis can maximize the returns on a given project and minimize the losses. It focuses ...

  2. Assessment of the effectiveness of the advanced programmatic risk analysis and management model (apram) as a decision support tool for construction projects 

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    Imbeah, William Kweku Ansah

    2007-09-17

    Construction projects are complicated and fraught with so many risks that many projects are unable to meet pre-defined project objectives. Managers of construction projects require decision support tools that can be used ...

  3. Computeer-based decision support tools for evaluation of actions affecting flow and water quality in the San Joaquin Basin

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    Quinn, N.W.T.

    1993-01-01

    This document is a preliminary effort to draw together some of the important simulation models that are available to Reclamation or that have been developed by Reclamation since 1987. This document has also attempted to lay out a framework by which these models might be used both for the purposes for which they were originally intended and to support the analysis of other issues that relate to the hydrology and to salt and water quality management within the San Joaquin Valley. To be successful as components of a larger Decision Support System the models should to be linked together using custom designed interfaces that permit data sharing between models and that are easy to use. Several initiatives are currently underway within Reclamation to develop GIS - based and graphics - based decision support systems to improve the general level of understanding of the models currently in use, to standardize the methodology used in making planning and operations studies and to permit improved data analysis, interpretation and display. The decision support systems should allow greater participation in the planning process, allow the analysis of innovative actions that are currently difficult to study with present models and should lead to better integrated and more comprehensive plans and policy decisions in future years.

  4. The strategic use of an information system in supporting architectural design decisions for a design firm

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    Liu, Lu, M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    1985-01-01

    This thesis is to illustrate how a computer-based information system for supporting decision making, that is a Decision Support System (DSS), can be utilized as a strategic tool in architectural design for a firm. The ...

  5. Applications of neural networks to monitoring and decision making in the operation of nuclear power plants. Summary

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    Uhrig, R.E. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States)]|[Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1990-12-31

    Application of neural networks to monitoring and decision making in the operation of nuclear power plants is being investigated under a US Department of Energy sponsored program at the University of Tennessee. Projects include the feasibility of using neural networks for the following tasks: (1) diagnosing specific abnormal conditions or problems in nuclear power plants, (2) detection of the change of mode of operation of the plant, (3) validating signals coming from detectors, (4) review of ``noise`` data from TVA`s Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant, and (5) examination of the NRC`s database of ``Letter Event Reports`` for correlation of sequences of events in the reported incidents. Each of these projects and its status are described briefly in this paper. This broad based program has as its objective the definition of the state-of-the-art in using neural networks to enhance the performance of commercial nuclear power plants.

  6. Enabling strategic fulfillment : a decision support tool for fulfillment network optimization

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    Drake, Bryan (Bryan G.)

    2012-01-01

    Dell's Third-Party (3P) Product network uses several different order fulfillment methods, though the determination of which products are fulfilled under which method is not clearly delineated. We have developed a tool to ...

  7. Taking Risk Assessment and Management to the Next Level: Program-Level Risk Analysis to Enable Solid Decision-Making on Priorities and Funding

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    Nelson, J. G.; Morton, R. L.; Castillo, C.; Dyer, G.; Johnson, N.; McSwain, J. T.

    2011-02-01

    A multi-level (facility and programmatic) risk assessment was conducted for the facilities in the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Readiness in Technical Base and Facilities (RTBF) Program and results were included in a new Risk Management Plan (RMP), which was incorporated into the fiscal year (FY) 2010 Integrated Plans. Risks, risk events, probability, consequence(s), and mitigation strategies were identified and captured, for most scope areas (i.e., risk categories) during the facilitated risk workshops. Risk mitigations (i.e., efforts in addition to existing controls) were identified during the facilitated risk workshops when the risk event was identified. Risk mitigation strategies fell into two broad categories: threats or opportunities. Improvement projects were identified and linked to specific risks they mitigate, making the connection of risk reduction through investments for the annual Site Execution Plan. Due to the amount of that was collected, analysis to be performed, and reports to be generated, a Risk Assessment/ Management Tool (RAMtool) database was developed to analyze the risks in real-time, at multiple levels, which reinforced the site-level risk management process and procedures. The RAMtool database was developed and designed to assist in the capturing and analysis of the key elements of risk: probability, consequence, and impact. The RAMtool calculates the facility-level and programmatic-level risk factors to enable a side-by-side comparison to see where the facility manager and program manager should focus their risk reduction efforts and funding. This enables them to make solid decisions on priorities and funding to maximize the risk reduction. A more active risk management process was developed where risks and opportunities are actively managed, monitored, and controlled by each facility more aggressively and frequently. risk owners have the responsibility and accountability to manage their assigned risk in real-time, using the RAMtool database.

  8. Micronet Annual Workshop 2003 A Tool for Verifying ASM Models Using Multiway Decision Graphs

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    Tahar, Sofiène

    and provides a powerful means of modeling various kinds of systems. An ASM model de- scribes the state space specifications, then formal verification techniques provided by the MDG tool, such as model checking verification of ASM descriptions. ASM is a formal specification method for soft- ware and hardware modeling

  9. A case study of an expert mathematics teacher's interactive decision-making system using physiological and behavioral time series data 

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    Jensen, Deborah Larkey

    2005-02-17

    . The mean and standard deviation of observable decision-action rates on teacher-identified ?teaching days? were higher than the rates on ?guiding? days. Bivariate time series analysis of decision-action rates and physiological response rates showed a...

  10. A Forest Fire Simulation Tool for Economic Planning in Fire Suppression Management

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    Standiford, Richard B.

    A Forest Fire Simulation Tool for Economic Planning in Fire Suppression Management Models fire spread behavior of forest fires provides important information for decision-making. Specific resource positioning to control and extinguish forest fire, decisions can be validated before

  11. Industrial Decision Making 

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    Elliott, R. N.; McKinney, V.; Shipley, A.

    2008-01-01

    Domestic industrial investment has declined due to unfavorable energy prices, and external markets. Investment behavior has changed over the past few years, and will continue due to high labor costs, tight markets and an unstable U.S. economy...

  12. Transportation Energy Futures: Key Opportunities and Tools for Decision Makers (Brochure)

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    2012-12-01

    The Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) project examines underexplored greenhouse gas-abatement and oil-savings opportunities by consolidating transportation energy knowledge, conducting advanced analysis, and exploring additional opportunities for sound strategic action. Led by NREL, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, the project's primary goal is to provide analysis to accompany DOE-EERE's long-term transportation energy planning by addressing high-priority questions, informing domestic decisions about transportation energy strategies, priorities, and investments. Research and analysis were conducted with an eye toward short-term actions that support long-term energy goals The project looks beyond technology to examine each key question in the context of the marketplace, consumer behavior, industry capabilities, and infrastructure. This updated fact sheet includes a new section on initial project findings.

  13. Intelligent urban water systems use state-of-the-art sensors, telemetry as well as decision-making and optimisation software

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    Cardell-Oliver, Rachel

    Overview Intelligent urban water systems use state-of-the-art sensors, telemetry as well as decision-making and optimisation software for various components of an urban water system. These elements are applied all the way from the catchment via water treatment facilities to households. This means sensor

  14. ORISE: Training Tools for Healthy Schools | How ORISE is Making a

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity ofkandz-cm11 Outreach Home Room NewsInformationJesseworkSURVEY UNIVERSEHow ORISE is MakingScienceOak Ridge

  15. Subtask 1.18 - A Decision Tool for Watershed-Based Effluent Trading

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    Xixi Wang; Bethany A. Kurz; Marc D. Kurz

    2006-11-30

    Handling produced water in an economical and environmentally sound manner is vital to coalbed methane (CBM) development, which is expected to increase up to 60% in the next 10-15 years as the demand for natural gas increases. Current produced water-handling methods (e.g., shallow reinjection and infiltration impoundments) are too costly when implemented on a well-by-well basis. A watershed-based effluent credit trading approach may be a means of managing produced water at reduced cost while meeting or surpassing water quality regulations. This market-based approach allows for improved water quality management by enabling industrial, agricultural, and municipal discharge facilities to meet water quality permit requirements by purchasing pollutant reduction credits from other entities within the same watershed. An evaluation of this concept was conducted for the Powder River Basin (PRB) of Montana and Wyoming by the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). To conduct this assessment, the EERC collected and evaluated existing water quality information and developed the appropriate tools needed to assess the environmental and economic feasibility of specific trading scenarios. The accomplishments of this study include (1) an exploration of the available PRB water quantity and quality data using advanced statistical techniques, (2) development of an integrated water quality model that predicts the impacts of CBM produced water on stream salinity and sodicity, (3) development of an economic model that estimates costs and benefits from implementing potential trading options, (4) evaluation of hypothetical trading scenarios between select watersheds of the PRB, and (5) communication of the project concept and results to key state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and stakeholders of the PRB. The preliminary results of a basinwide assessment indicate that up to $684 million could be saved basinwide without compromising water quality as a result of implementing a watershed-based credit-trading approach.

  16. Multicriteria Decision Aid Tool for Third-Party Logistics Providers' Selection Aicha Aguezzoul, Besoa Rabenasolo, Anne-Marie Jolly-Desodt

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Multicriteria Decision Aid Tool for Third-Party Logistics Providers' Selection Aicha Aguezzoul of logistics activities has become a common practice by many companies, which implies an efficient choice of the Third-Party Logistics (3PLs) providers. A literature review on the 3PLs provider's selection problem

  17. Environmental planning and categorical exclusions: Making the categorical exclusion an integral part of your NEPA tool kit

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    Holthoff, M.G.; Hanrahan, T.P.

    1994-06-01

    As contained in the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 40 CFR 1500--1508, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) directs federal agencies to adopt their own procedures for implementing the Act. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) are two examples of federal agencies with dissimilar but functionally equivalent CX processes. The DOE and USFS were selected as subjects for this study because of their distinctly different missions and as a results of the author`s familiarity with the policies of both agencies. The objectives of this study are to: (1) describe the CX policies and processes of the two agencies, (2) identify the similarities and differences between the two processes, and (3) suggest ways for improving these processes. In performing this evaluation, the authors will identify the components of each agency`s CX process that clearly contributes qualitative information for the purpose of making environmental planning decisions. Drawing from the best elements of each process, the authors will provide some general recommendations that should enable the agencies to fulfill their various obligations to the CX process while concurrently performing early, thorough, and expeditious environmental reviews under NEPA.

  18. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    Loads  and  Appliance   Energy  Usage  Profiles  for  use  Energy  Usage  .  345  reliably  predict  actual  energy  usage.  However,  these  

  19. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    about  the  Seattle  City  Light  Home  Energy  Audit?  of  the  Seattle  City  Light  home  energy  audit  The  Seattle  City  Light  Home  Energy  Audit  Program  

  20. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    that  is  what  my  carbon  footprint  really  is.   It  the  home’s  carbon  footprint,  and  shows  homeowners  reducing  their  carbon  footprint,  while  13  additional  

  1. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    Install  a  solar  water  heater  and  use  your  current  Install  a  solar  water  heater  and  new  backup  tank.  Install  a  solar  water  heater  and  use  your  current  

  2. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    technologies  (LED  lighting).   Upgrade  Recommendations  in  the  crawlspace.   LEDs   Lighting  recommendations  CFL  to  LED  upgrades  for  the  lighting  in  the  house  

  3. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    Solar  hot  water  heater  and  solar  panels   Solar  Install  a  solar  water  heater  and  use  your  current  Install  a  solar  water  heater  and  new  backup  tank.  

  4. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    to  condensing  gas  furnace.   Upgrade  to   high  high  efficiency  gas  furnace  and  I  upgraded  several  windows.   I  upgrade  the  furnace  system  2  years  

  5. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    heat  pump   Appliance  replacement   Attic  insulation   Buy  more  appliances   Changes  to  the  heating  system   Changing  the  furnace   Changing  to  a  hybrid  

  6. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    that  is  what  my  carbon  footprint  really  is.   It  energy  use,  our  carbon  footprint,  and  lower  the  To  reduce  our  carbon  footprint   We  are  losing  

  7. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    Programs. ”  Energy   “Home  Energy  Saver:  Engineering  I  started  using  Energy  Saver  light  bulbs.   I  try  from  factory  energy  saver  setting  to  more  

  8. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    water  heater  and  solar  panels   Solar  thermals   Some  windows   Solar  Panel   Solar  Water  Heater   Percent  the  refrigerator   Solar  panels   The  in-­?line  hot-­?

  9. A Robust Four-Fluid Transient Flow Simulator as an Analysis and Decision Making Tool for Dynamic Kill Operation 

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    Haghshenas, Arash

    2013-04-24

    The worst scenario of drilling operation is blowout which is uncontrolled flow of formation fluid into the wellbore. Blowouts result in environmental damage with potential risk of injuries and fatalities. Although not all blowouts result in disaster...

  10. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    were  cost  to  complete.  The  rebates  were  not  really  given  information  on  rebates  available  from  Puget  for  information  regarding  rebates   Auditor  receives  

  11. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    standard  occupant  behavior”  could   contribute  to  that  incorporate  occupant  behavior.   o Assess  the  to  represent  “standard  occupant   behavior”  differed  

  12. Decision-Making Aid Tool for the Evaluation and Improvement of the Energy Performance of Stock of Buildings 

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    Joutey, H. A.; Vaezi-Nejad, H.; Lahrech, R.

    2005-01-01

    Energy efficient glazing is necessary to reduce heat gains or losses that contribute to the high-energy use of buildings. However, high-rise commercial buildings that use energy efficient glazing are still consumptive. To reduce their energy use...

  13. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    other  wall  or  floor  heating  systems,  and  heating  other  wall  or  floor  heating  systems,  or  heating  attics,  or  floors,  air  sealing,  heating   system  

  14. Database for Regional Geology, Phase 1: A Tool for Informing Regional Evaluations of Alternative Geologic Media and Decision Making

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    Perry, Frank Vinton; Kelley, Richard E.; Birdsell, Suzanne M.; Lugo, Alexander Bryan; Dobson, Patrick; Houseworth, James

    2014-11-12

    Reported is progress in the following areas: Phase 1 and 2 websites for the regional geology GIS database; terrane maps of crystalline basement rocks; inventory of shale formations in the US; and rock properties and in-situ conditions for shale estimated from sonic velocity measurements.

  15. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    as  primary  sources  of   heating  my  home.   I  would  homes,  a  variety  of  supplemental  heating  sources  homes  that  used   fuel  oil  as  a  primary  heating  source—

  16. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    in  a  more  energy  efficient  roof  by  replacing  the  a  new  efficient  hot  water  system,  and  a  new  roof.  in  the  roof  already,  but  it  is  not  as  efficient.  

  17. Behavioral Perspectives on Home Energy Audits: The Role of Auditors, Labels, Reports, and Audit Tools on Homeowner Decision Making

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    Ingle, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    STAR  washing  machine.   Replace  dishwasher  with  a  high  efficiency  dishwasher.   Install  photovoltaic  machine.   Replace  dishwasher  with  a  high  efficiency  

  18. Strategic Decision-Making with Information and Extraction Externalities: A Structural Model of the Multi-Stage Investment Timing Game

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    Lin, C.-Y. Cynthia

    's exploration decision as a fraction of a firm's average de- velopment cost is given by |·drill_cost| = 049's average devel- opment cost is given by |·drill_cost| = 049|| = -159. Thus, when a neighbor explores, the mean pre-exploration shock is only a small frac- tion of the mean exploration costs: (;) = -·(drill_cost

  19. Adaptive tool selection strategies for drilling in flexible manufacturing systems 

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    Chander, Karthik Balachandran

    2004-09-30

    ) layout. The system designed serves as back end intelligence to drilling machines (INTELLIDRILL) in a Flexible Manufacturing System for making dynamic and real time decisions. INTELLIDRILL uses mathematical and adaptive tool reliability models to simulate...

  20. Integrated Simulation Development and Decision Support Tool-Set for Utility Market and Distributed Solar Power Generation Electricore, Inc.

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    Daye, Tony

    2013-09-30

    This project will enable utilities to develop long-term strategic plans that integrate high levels of renewable energy generation, and to better plan power system operations under high renewable penetration. The program developed forecast data streams for decision support and effective integration of centralized and distributed solar power generation in utility operations. This toolset focused on real time simulation of distributed power generation within utility grids with the emphasis on potential applications in day ahead (market) and real time (reliability) utility operations. The project team developed and demonstrated methodologies for quantifying the impact of distributed solar generation on core utility operations, identified protocols for internal data communication requirements, and worked with utility personnel to adapt the new distributed generation (DG) forecasts seamlessly within existing Load and Generation procedures through a sophisticated DMS. This project supported the objectives of the SunShot Initiative and SUNRISE by enabling core utility operations to enhance their simulation capability to analyze and prepare for the impacts of high penetrations of solar on the power grid. The impact of high penetration solar PV on utility operations is not only limited to control centers, but across many core operations. Benefits of an enhanced DMS using state-of-the-art solar forecast data were demonstrated within this project and have had an immediate direct operational cost savings for Energy Marketing for Day Ahead generation commitments, Real Time Operations, Load Forecasting (at an aggregate system level for Day Ahead), Demand Response, Long term Planning (asset management), Distribution Operations, and core ancillary services as required for balancing and reliability. This provided power system operators with the necessary tools and processes to operate the grid in a reliable manner under high renewable penetration.

  1. An Environmental and Economic Trade-off Analysis of Manufacturing Process Chains to Inform Decision Making for Sustainability

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    Robinson, Stefanie L.

    2013-01-01

    2010). Environmental analysis of milling machine tool use innumerical control (CNC) milling machine with 3-axis control,manual vertical milling machine (Todd et al. , Figure 4.32:

  2. Status Update on the NCRP Scientific Committee SC 5-1 Report: Decision Making for Late-Phase Recovery from Nuclear or Radiological Incidents - 13450

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    Chen, S.Y.

    2013-07-01

    In August 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final Protective Action Guide (PAG) for radiological dispersal device (RDD) and improvised nuclear device (IND) incidents. This document specifies protective actions for public health during the early and intermediate phases and cleanup guidance for the late phase of RDD or IND incidents, and it discusses approaches to implementing the necessary actions. However, while the PAG provides specific guidance for the early and intermediate phases, it prescribes no equivalent guidance for the late-phase cleanup actions. Instead, the PAG offers a general description of a complex process using a site-specific optimization approach. This approach does not predetermine cleanup levels but approaches the problem from the factors that would bear on the final agreed-on cleanup levels. Based on this approach, the decision-making process involves multifaceted considerations including public health, the environment, and the economy, as well as socio-political factors. In an effort to fully define the process and approach to be used in optimizing late-phase recovery and site restoration following an RDD or IND incident, DHS has tasked the NCRP with preparing a comprehensive report addressing all aspects of the optimization process. Preparation of the NCRP report is a three-year (2010-2013) project assigned to a scientific committee, the Scientific Committee (SC) 5-1; the report was initially titled, Approach to Optimizing Decision Making for Late- Phase Recovery from Nuclear or Radiological Terrorism Incidents. Members of SC 5-1 represent a broad range of expertise, including homeland security, health physics, risk and decision analysis, economics, environmental remediation and radioactive waste management, and communication. In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011, and guided by a recent process led by the White House through a Principal Level Exercise (PLE), the optimization approach has since been expanded to include off-site contamination from major nuclear power plant accidents as well as other nuclear or radiological incidents. The expanded application under the current guidance has thus led to a broadened scope of the report, which is reflected in its new title, Decision Making for Late-Phase Recovery from Nuclear or Radiological Incidents. The NCRP report, which is due for publication in 2013, will substantiate the current DHS guidance by clarifying and elaborating on the processes required for the development and implementation of procedures for optimizing decision making for late-phase recovery, enabling the establishment of cleanup goals on a site-specific basis. The report will contain a series of topics addressing important issues related to the long-term recovery from nuclear or radiological incidents. Special topics relevant to supporting the optimization of the decision-making process will include cost-benefit analysis, radioactive waste management, risk communication, stakeholder interaction, risk assessment, and decontamination approaches and techniques. The committee also evaluated past nuclear and radiological incidents for their relevance to the report, including the emerging issues associated with the Fukushima nuclear accident. Thus, due to the commonality of the late-phase issues (such as the potential widespread contamination following an event), the majority of the information pertaining to the response in the late-phase decision-making period, including site-specific optimization framework and approach, could be used or adapted for use in case of similar situations that are not due to terrorism, such as those that would be caused by major nuclear facility accidents or radiological incidents. To ensure that the report and the NCRP recommendations are current and relevant to the effective implementation of federal guidance, SC 5-1 has actively coordinated with the agencies of interest and other relevant stakeholders throughout the duration of the project. The resulting report will be an important resource to guide those involved

  3. The relationship between student performance and leadership practices as perceived by principals and selected site-based decision making (SBDM) committee members of middle schools in Region 5 Education Service Center (ESC), Texas: a cohort study 

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    Sheppard, Larry Scott

    2007-09-17

    This study, one of four cohort studies, was designed to determine the relationship between student performance and leadership practices as perceived by principals and selected site-based decision making committee members ...

  4. Tutorial 5: R programming basics While R is perhaps best known as a statistical tool for analyzing data or for making

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    Miller, Thomas E.

    1 Tutorial 5: R programming basics Tom Miller While R is perhaps best known as a statistical tool for analyzing data or for making graphs, it is also really useful as a simple programming language and compiler. Using R for programming is not "machine efficient" and the programs can be a tad clunky and slow

  5. Decision-Making in Structure Solution using Bayesian Estimates of Map Quality: The PHENIX AutoSol Wizard

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    Terwilliger, T. C.; Adams, P. D.; Read, R. J.; McCoy, A. J.; Moriarty, Nigel W.; Grosse-Kunstleve, R. W.; Afonine, P. V.; Zwart, P. H.; Hung, L.-W.

    2009-03-01

    Estimates of the quality of experimental maps are important in many stages of structure determination of macromolecules. Map quality is defined here as the correlation between a map and the map calculated based on a final refined model. Here we examine 10 different measures of experimental map quality using a set of 1359 maps calculated by reanalysis of 246 solved MAD, SAD, and MIR datasets. A simple Bayesian approach to estimation of map quality from one or more measures is presented. We find that a Bayesian estimator based on the skew of histograms of electron density is the most accurate of the 10 individual Bayesian estimators of map quality examined, with a correlation between estimated and actual map quality of 0.90. A combination of the skew of electron density with the local correlation of rms density gives a further improvement in estimating map quality, with an overall correlation coefficient of 0.92. The PHENIX AutoSol Wizard carries out automated structure solution based on any combination of SAD, MAD, SIR, or MIR datasets. The Wizard is based on tools from the PHENIX package and uses the Bayesian estimates of map quality described here to choose the highest-quality solutions after experimental phasing.

  6. Decision insight into stakeholder conflict for ERN.

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    Siirola, John; Tidwell, Vincent Carroll; Benz, Zachary O.; Stansbury, Melanie; Richards, Elizabeth H.; Turnley, Jessica Glicken; Warrender, Christina E.; Morrow, James Dan

    2012-02-01

    Participatory modeling has become an important tool in facilitating resource decision making and dispute resolution. Approaches to modeling that are commonly used in this context often do not adequately account for important human factors. Current techniques provide insights into how certain human activities and variables affect resource outcomes; however, they do not directly simulate the complex variables that shape how, why, and under what conditions different human agents behave in ways that affect resources and human interactions related to them. Current approaches also do not adequately reveal how the effects of individual decisions scale up to have systemic level effects in complex resource systems. This lack of integration prevents the development of more robust models to support decision making and dispute resolution processes. Development of integrated tools is further hampered by the fact that collection of primary data for decision-making modeling is costly and time consuming. This project seeks to develop a new approach to resource modeling that incorporates both technical and behavioral modeling techniques into a single decision-making architecture. The modeling platform is enhanced by use of traditional and advanced processes and tools for expedited data capture. Specific objectives of the project are: (1) Develop a proof of concept for a new technical approach to resource modeling that combines the computational techniques of system dynamics and agent based modeling, (2) Develop an iterative, participatory modeling process supported with traditional and advance data capture techniques that may be utilized to facilitate decision making, dispute resolution, and collaborative learning processes, and (3) Examine potential applications of this technology and process. The development of this decision support architecture included both the engineering of the technology and the development of a participatory method to build and apply the technology. Stakeholder interaction with the model and associated data capture was facilitated through two very different modes of engagement, one a standard interface involving radio buttons, slider bars, graphs and plots, while the other utilized an immersive serious gaming interface. The decision support architecture developed through this project was piloted in the Middle Rio Grande Basin to examine how these tools might be utilized to promote enhanced understanding and decision-making in the context of complex water resource management issues. Potential applications of this architecture and its capacity to lead to enhanced understanding and decision-making was assessed through qualitative interviews with study participants who represented key stakeholders in the basin.

  7. Qualitative and Quantitative Management Tools Used by Financial Officers in Public Research Universities 

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    Trexler, Grant 1961-

    2012-11-16

    This dissertation set out to identify effective qualitative and quantitative management tools used by financial officers (CFOs) in carrying out their management functions of planning, decision making, organizing, staffing, communicating, motivating...

  8. Essays in behavioral decision making

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    Shampanier, Kristina S

    2007-01-01

    Essay 1: Zero as a Special Price: the True Value of Free Products. When faced with a choice of selecting one of several available products (or possibly buying nothing), according to standard theoretical perspectives, people ...

  9. Training Adaptive Decision-Making.

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    Abbott, Robert G.; Forsythe, James C.

    2014-10-01

    Adaptive Thinking has been defined here as the capacity to recognize when a course of action that may have previously been effective is no longer effective and there is need to adjust strategy. Research was undertaken with human test subjects to identify the factors that contribute to adaptive thinking. It was discovered that those most effective in settings that call for adaptive thinking tend to possess a superior capacity to quickly and effectively generate possible courses of action, as measured using the Category Generation test. Software developed for this research has been applied to develop capabilities enabling analysts to identify crucial factors that are predictive of outcomes in fore-on-force simulation exercises.

  10. Incorporating LCA tools in integrated simulation environments

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    Pal, Vineeta; Papamichael, Konstantinos; Bourassa, Norman; Loffeld, John J.

    2001-01-01

    and Meil, J. K. , "ATHENA™: An LCA Decision Support Tool -in the Proceedings. INCORPORATING LCA TOOLS IN INTEGRATEDof Energy. INCORPORATING LCA TOOLS IN INTEGRATED SIMULATION

  11. Computational Tools to Accelerate Commercial Development

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    Miller, David C.

    2013-01-01

    The goals of the work reported are: to develop new computational tools and models to enable industry to more rapidly develop and deploy new advanced energy technologies; to demonstrate the capabilities of the CCSI Toolset on non-proprietary case studies; and to deploy the CCSI Toolset to industry. Challenges of simulating carbon capture (and other) processes include: dealing with multiple scales (particle, device, and whole process scales); integration across scales; verification, validation, and uncertainty; and decision support. The tools cover: risk analysis and decision making; validated, high-fidelity CFD; high-resolution filtered sub-models; process design and optimization tools; advanced process control and dynamics; process models; basic data sub-models; and cross-cutting integration tools.

  12. MIDAS : minor incident decision analysis software

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    Horng, Tze-Chieh, 1964-

    2004-01-01

    MIDAS is the minor incident decision analysis software that acts as an advisory tool for plant decision makers and operators to analyze the available decision alternatives for resolving minor incidents. The minor incidents ...

  13. Experimental Evaluation of Electric Power Grid Visualization Tools in the EIOC

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    Greitzer, Frank L.; Dauenhauer, Peter M.; Wierks, Tamara G.; Podmore, Robin; Dalton, Angela C.

    2009-12-01

    The present study follows an initial human factors evaluation of four electric power grid visualization tools and reports on an empirical evaluation of two of the four tools: Graphical Contingency Analysis, and Phasor State Estimator. The evaluation was conducted within specific experimental studies designed to measure the impact on decision making performance.

  14. Periodicals collection management using a decision support system

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    Compton, M.L.; Moser, E.C.

    1993-12-31

    Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram national laboratory established in 1949. The Library currently uses DOBIS for its automated system, including the Periodicals Control function for periodical check-in. DOBIS performs processing and control functions adequately, but could not meet our reporting needs. Therefore the Library`s Periodicals Decision Team decided that they needed another ``system`` for collection management. A Periodicals Decision Support System was created using information downloaded from DOBIS and uploaded into dBASE IV. The Periodical Decision Support System functions as an information-processing system that has aided us in making collection management decisions for periodicals. It certainly allows us to do interactive ad-hoc analysis; although there are no modeling tools currently incorporated in the system. We hope that these modeling tools will come later. We have been gathering information and developing needed reports to achieve this goal.

  15. Pay Tools Portfolio 2014-2015: Key Points to Optimize Impact (updated December 2014) 1. Values: While developing our pay initiatives, we have been mindful of our values.

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    Gasch, Audrey P.

    Pay Tools Portfolio 2014-2015: Key Points to Optimize Impact (updated December 2014) 1. Values be mindful of market and equity and build pay tools beyond the weak or non-existent pay plans of recent years. 2. Sequencing strategy for decision making: In the case of faculty, we have multiple tools in our

  16. Web tool for energy policy decision-making through geo-localized LCA models: A focus on offshore wind farms in Northern Europe

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    . To illustrate this issue, a web map service enabling "geolocalized life cycle assessment" of offshore wind farms makers in assess- ing the global environmental impacts caused by an offshore wind farm in Northern Europe of configurations and locations of offshore wind farms. A special interest is given to Northern Europe as offshore

  17. Harnessing Smart Sensor Technology for Industrial Energy Efficiency- Making Process-Specific Efficiency Projects Cost Effective with a Broadly Configurable, Network-Enabled Monitoring Tool 

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    Wiczer, J. J.; Wiczer, M. B.

    2011-01-01

    To improve monitoring technology often re-quired by industrial energy efficiency projects, we have developed a set of power and process monitoring tools based on the IEEE 1451.2 smart sensor interface standard. These tools enable a wide...

  18. EERE 'Buildings Prioritization Tool' Helps Shape EERE Projects...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    has supported evidence-based decision making, led to smarter investment in energy efficiency, and helped set national goals for efficiency. EERE must make investment decisions...

  19. Computational Tools for Accelerating Carbon Capture Process Development

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    Miller, David

    2013-01-01

    The goals of the work reported are: to develop new computational tools and models to enable industry to more rapidly develop and deploy new advanced energy technologies; to demonstrate the capabilities of the CCSI Toolset on non-proprietary case studies; and to deploy the CCSI Toolset to industry. Challenges of simulating carbon capture (and other) processes include: dealing with multiple scales (particle, device, and whole process scales); integration across scales; verification, validation, and uncertainty; and decision support. The tools cover: risk analysis and decision making; validated, high-fidelity CFD; high-resolution filtered sub-models; process design and optimization tools; advanced process control and dynamics; process models; basic data sub-models; and cross-cutting integration tools.

  20. Island Tools and Trainings

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    Islands can use the tools below to gather data for decision makers and run scenarios on potential energy investments. Tailored trainings provide in-person, onsite guidance and best practices for implementing clean energy solutions.

  1. Extending Old Compiler Tools with Meta-Tools John Aycock

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    Aycock, John

    Extending Old Compiler Tools with Meta-Tools John Aycock Department of Computer Science University between a new, more powerful software tool and an older, more established one. The best way to handle this problem may be to make the old tool more powerful through the use of meta-tools. Compiler tools suffer

  2. Assessment of New Approaches in Geothermal Exploration Decision...

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    approaches were investigated to develop a best-practices methodology for objective geothermal exploration decision making at a given location, including gono-go decision points...

  3. Robust Decision Making with the Same-Decision Probability

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    Chen, Suming Jeremiah

    2015-01-01

    Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, pp.Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), pp. 985–991,reasoning. ” Artificial Intelligence, 82:273 – 302, 1996. [

  4. Systems analysis of major consumer energy decisions

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    Sisler, Nicholas Daniel

    2011-01-01

    American consumers make a number of decisions that significantly impact their energy use. Some of the most important of these decisions were identified and analyzed for the purpose of including them in a Consumer Energy ...

  5. Single-photon decision maker

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    Naruse, Makoto; Drezet, Aurelien; Huant, Serge; Aono, Masashi; Hori, Hirokazu; Kim, Song-Ju

    2015-01-01

    Decision making is critical in our daily lives and for society in general and is finding evermore practical applications in information and communication technologies. Herein, we demonstrate experimentally that single photons can be used to make decisions in uncertain, dynamically changing environments. Using a nitrogen-vacancy in a nanodiamond as a single-photon source, we demonstrate the decision-making capability by solving the multi-armed bandit problem. This capability is directly and immediately associated with single-photon detection in the proposed architecture, leading to adequate and adaptive autonomous decision making. This study makes it possible to create systems that benefit from the quantum nature of light to perform practical and vital intelligent functions.

  6. Making Africa's Power Sector Sustainable: An Analysis of Power...

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    Making Africa's Power Sector Sustainable: An Analysis of Power Sector Reforms in Africa Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Making Africa's Power Sector...

  7. Decision analysis for geothermal energy

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    Yost, Keith A

    2012-01-01

    One of the key impediments to the development of enhanced geothermal systems is a deficiency in the tools available to project planners and developers. Weak tool sets make it difficult to accurately estimate the cost and ...

  8. Algorithmic modeling of decision making over networks

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    Vattani, Andrea

    2012-01-01

    than that with split contracts for small b, we plotted itsfixed-payment contracts not only for small branching factorsthan fixed-payment contracts not only for small branching

  9. Intertemporal Decision Making: a Mental Load Perspective

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    Treur, Jan

    in the present, and are helpful, for example, in coping with risks for addiction (e.g., [7]). In intertemporal, in line with basic intuitions in economics, for example, behind the well-known Labour Theory of Value (cf

  10. Essays on Decision Making under Uncertainty

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    Sautua, Santiago Ignacio

    2015-01-01

    Engineering; Applied Math; Astrophysics; Biochemistry;Engineering; Applied Mathematics; Architecture; Astrophysics; Biochemistry;

  11. Experiments on decision making and auctions 

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    Watson, Elizabeth Ann

    2009-06-02

    Experimental economics is often called upon to inform theory and aid in explaining real world behavior. As such it is important to carefully design laboratory experiments to test the validity of new theories and to reexamine ...

  12. Environmental decision making: supply-chain considerations

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David

    2008-01-01

    Water and the Environment. Ecoinvent (2007). Product Ecologyfor Europe and the US [Ecoinvent, 2007]; however the GWPOF ELECTRICITY CONSUMED [ECOINVENT, GWP (kg CO2eq/kWh) O r C

  13. Environmental decision making: supply-chain considerations

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David

    2008-01-01

    manufacturing environmental impact and enable the reductionthe supply chain (3) environmental impact and cost must bethe supply chain’s environmental impact and flexibility (

  14. Essays on microeconomics and statistical decision making

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    Nieto Barthaburu, Augusto

    2006-01-01

    A production allocation is a function s : F ? R N +M suchned a consumption allocation as a function c : A ? R N +M .functions and production sets are a?ected by the allocation

  15. Quantitative Decision-making in Software Engineering

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    Bhattacharya, Pamela

    2012-01-01

    features for engineering software development. Engineeringand Tao Xie. Mining software engineering data. In Proc.Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2012), Tutorial,

  16. Quantitative Decision-making in Software Engineering

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    Bhattacharya, Pamela

    2012-01-01

    and Tao Xie. Mining software engineering data. In Proc.Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2012), Tutorial,Conference on Software Engineering, 2008. [139] Peter C.

  17. The Effects of Elite Decision Making 

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    Johansen, Morgen S.

    2010-07-14

    and superintendents on performance. I also examine the effect of principals within in the organization, namely how principals affect the turnover of the workers under them. Results find that principals have a direct and beneficial influence on organizational...

  18. Quantitative Decision-making in Software Engineering

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    Bhattacharya, Pamela

    2012-01-01

    215 8.2.2 Measuring software quality and maintenanceof Programming Languages on Software Quality . . . . . .development of higher-quality software. However, the lack of

  19. PRACTICE MMI QUESTIONS* Placebo (Ethical Decision Making)

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    Saskatchewan, University of

    the approach will save health care costs? At what expense? Discuss this issue with the interviewer. Standard

  20. Quantitative Decision-making in Software Engineering

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    Bhattacharya, Pamela

    2012-01-01

    219 xiv 8.3.2 Software Networks for FailureSearching Software Repositories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9for assessing the effects of programming language software

  1. Quantitative Decision-making in Software Engineering

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    Bhattacharya, Pamela

    2012-01-01

    Ball. Use of relative code churn measures to predict systemsoftware dependencies and churn metrics to predict fieldet al. [115], e.g. , code churn over total eLOC. A Graph-

  2. Environmental decision making: supply-chain considerations

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David

    2008-01-01

    Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) model. ”input-output life-cycle assessment (EIOLCA) from Carnegieprocess based life-cycle assessments, the advantage of the

  3. Tank Farm Area Cleanup Decision-Making

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power AdministrationRobust,Field-effectWorking With U.S. Coal StocksSuppliers Tag:Take Action APPENDIX-11CoverArea

  4. Geospatial Decision Making System - Energy Innovation Portal

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration would likeUniverse (Journalvivo Low-Dose Low LET IonizingGeorge B.ThousandGeosciences

  5. A. Kusiak, S. Shah, and B. Dixon, Data mining based decision-making approach for predicting survival kidney dialysis patients, in D.D. Feng and E.R. Carson (Eds), Modelling and Control on Biomedical Systems 2003, Proceedings of the IFAC

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    Kusiak, Andrew

    35 A. Kusiak, S. Shah, and B. Dixon, Data mining based decision-making approach for predicting, Melbourne, Australia, published by Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 2003, pp. 35-39. DATA MINING interventions and the dialysis treatment prescription. In this research, a data mining approach is used

  6. The Internet of Decisions There is a need to change from systems thinking to infrastructural thinking about decision

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    Bisdorff, Raymond

    decision fusion and aiding methodologies especially for spatial data handling, and easily scalable, Internet, Decision Fusion, Decision Making and Aiding Practice, Multiple Criteria Decision Aid, Decision Star et al. (1996) and Edwards et al. (2007) we may recognize that DSSI emerges as: an embodiment

  7. North Slope Decision Support for Water Resource Planning and Management

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    Schnabel, William; Brumbelow, Kelly

    2013-03-31

    The objective of this project was to enhance the water resource decision-making process with respect to oil and gas exploration/production activities on Alaska’s North Slope. To this end, a web-based software tool was developed to allow stakeholders to assemble, evaluate, and communicate relevant information between and amongst themselves. The software, termed North Slope Decision Support System (NSDSS), is a visually-referenced database that provides a platform for running complex natural system, planning, and optimization models. The NSDSS design was based upon community input garnered during a series of stakeholder workshops, and the end product software is freely available to all stakeholders via the project website. The tool now resides on servers hosted by the UAF Water and Environmental Research Center, and will remain accessible and free-of-charge for all interested stakeholders. The development of the tool fostered new advances in the area of data evaluation and decision support technologies, and the finished product is envisioned to enhance water resource planning activities on Alaska’s North Slope.

  8. Clean Cities Tools

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    2014-12-19

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities offers a large collection of Web-based tools on the Alternative Fuels Data Center. These calculators, interactive maps, and data searches can assist fleets, fuels providers, and other transportation decision makers in their efforts to reduce petroleum use.

  9. Towards Better Approaches To Decision Support in Logistics Problems

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    Davidson, Ian

    Towards Better Approaches To Decision Support in Logistics Problems Ian Davidson and Ryszard a decision support framework for logistics problems. The research covers methodologies, technologies and software tools. The framework considers typical characteristics of real-world logistics problems, common

  10. Towards Better Approaches To Decision Support in Logistics Problems

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    Davidson, Ian

    Towards Better Approaches To Decision Support in Logistics Problems Ian Davidson and Ryszard a decision support framework for logistics problems. The research covers methodologies, technologies and software tools. The framework considers typical characteristics of real­world logistics problems, common

  11. Sustainability Enhancement Tool for State Departments of Transportation Using Performance Measurement

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    Quadrifoglio, Luca

    DOT's strategic plan. The multiattribute utility theory (MAUT) decision- making approach was applied to quantify

  12. Initial Decision and Risk Analysis

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    Engel, David W.

    2012-02-29

    Decision and Risk Analysis capabilities will be developed for industry consideration and possible adoption within Year 1. These tools will provide a methodology for merging qualitative ranking of technology maturity and acknowledged risk contributors with quantitative metrics that drive investment decision processes. Methods and tools will be initially introduced as applications to the A650.1 case study, but modular spreadsheets and analysis routines will be offered to industry collaborators as soon as possible to stimulate user feedback and co-development opportunities.

  13. Strategies and Decision Support Systems for Integrating Variable...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    the design of decision support tools, solutions and strategies for integrating more wind energy into their own power systems. The findings help to increase the industry-wide...

  14. America Makes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    America Makes advances additive manufacturing technology and products, and serves as a nationally recognized additive manufacturing center of innovation excellence, working to transform the U.S. manufacturing sector and yield significant advancements throughout industry. America Makes was formerly called the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).

  15. A risk assessment software tool for evaluating potential risks to human health and the environment

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    Drendel, G.; Allen, B.; Gentry, R.; Shipp, A.; Van Landingham, C.

    1994-12-31

    The Ecology and National Environmental Policy Act Division (END), is providing a sitewide evaluation of alternative strategies for the final disposition of the Rocky Flats Plant material inventory. This analysis is known as the Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA) for the Rocky Flats Plant. The primary intent of the SEA is to support the Rocky Flats Plant decision-making. As part of the SEA project, a risk assessment software tool has been developed which will assist in the analysis by providing an evaluation of potential risks to human health and the environment for the purpose of augmenting future decisions at the site.

  16. Manifold tool guide

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Djordjevic, A.

    1983-12-27

    A tool guide is described that makes possible the insertion of cleaning and/or inspection tools into a manifold pipe that will dislocate and extract the accumulated sediment in such manifold pipes. The tool guide basically comprises a right angled tube (or other angled tube as required) which can be inserted in a large tube and locked into a radially extending cross pipe by adjustable spacer rods and a spring-loaded cone, whereby appropriate cleaning tools can be inserted into the cross pipe for cleaning, inspection, etc. 3 figs.

  17. Manifold tool guide

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Djordjevic, A.

    1982-07-08

    A tool guide that makes possible the insertion of cleaning and/or inspection tools into a manifold pipe that will dislocate and extract the accumulated sediment in such manifold pipes. The tool guide basically comprises a right angled tube (or other angled tube as required) which can be inserted in a large tube and locked into a radially extending cross pipe by adjustable spacer rods and a spring-loaded cone, whereby appropriate cleaning tools can be inserted into to cross pipe for cleaning, inspection, etc.

  18. Manifold tool guide

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Djordjevic, Aleksandar (Thousand Oaks, CA)

    1983-12-27

    A tool guide that makes possible the insertion of cleaning and/or inspection tools into a manifold pipe that will dislocate and extract the accumulated sediment in such manifold pipes. The tool guide basically comprises a right angled tube (or other angled tube as required) which can be inserted in a large tube and locked into a radially extending cross pipe by adjustable spacer rods and a spring-loaded cone, whereby appropriate cleaning tools can be inserted into to cross pipe for cleaning, inspection, etc.

  19. Optimization-based decision support system for retail souring

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    Patel, Jalpa (Jalpa N.)

    2012-01-01

    Some of the biggest challenges in the retail sourcing lie in predicting demand for a new article and making purchase decisions such as quantity, source, transportation mode and time of the order. Such decisions become more ...

  20. Informing design decisions : an approach to corporate building design

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    Maxwell, Marc A

    1985-01-01

    This thesis is an investigation into design methodologies. How do we, as designers, prepare ourselves for decision making and evaluate our assumptions and decisions? The intent is to employ this information as a basis for ...

  1. Enhancing the systems decision process with flexibility analysis for optimal unmanned aircraft system selection

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    Bachmann, Chris H., III (Christopher Henry)

    2008-01-01

    Systems Engineers often conduct decision analysis in order to provide decision makers with a quantifiable means to make decisions. However, the field of Systems Engineering is often criticized for focusing on processes and ...

  2. Planning Tool for Strategic Evaluation of Facility Plans - 13570

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    Magoulas, Virginia; Cercy, Michael; Hall, Irin

    2013-07-01

    Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has developed a strategic planning tool for the evaluation of the utilization of its unique resources for processing and research and development of nuclear materials. The Planning Tool is a strategic level tool for assessing multiple missions that could be conducted utilizing the SRNL facilities and showcasing the plan. Traditional approaches using standard scheduling tools and laying out a strategy on paper tended to be labor intensive and offered either a limited or cluttered view for visualizing and communicating results. A tool that can assess the process throughput, duration, and utilization of the facility was needed. SRNL teamed with Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, to create the next generation Planning Tool. The goal of this collaboration was to create a simulation based tool that allows for quick evaluation of strategies with respect to new or changing missions, and clearly communicates results to the decision makers. This tool has been built upon a mature modeling and simulation software previously developed by NNS. The Planning Tool provides a forum for capturing dependencies, constraints, activity flows, and variable factors. It is also a platform for quickly evaluating multiple mission scenarios, dynamically adding/updating scenarios, generating multiple views for evaluating/communicating results, and understanding where there are areas of risks and opportunities with respect to capacity. The Planning Tool that has been developed is useful in that it presents a clear visual plan for the missions at the Savannah River Site (SRS). It not only assists in communicating the plans to SRS corporate management, but also allows the area stakeholders a visual look at the future plans for SRS. The design of this tool makes it easily deployable to other facility and mission planning endeavors. (authors)

  3. We investigate the role of risk perceptions in societal decision-making and as determinants of the social costs of alternative energy sources. Our point of departure is the internationally unique

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Utrecht, Universiteit

    -making and as determinants of the social costs of alternative energy sources. Our point of departure is the internationally in energy policy. The survey elicited explicitly the importance of subjective risks on preferences regarding

  4. Web Intelligence to Make Strategic

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    Ahrendt, Wolfgang

    Using Web Intelligence to Make Strategic (Business) Decisions Staffan Truvé, PhD Co-founder & CTO truve@recordedfuture.com #12;#12;#12;#12;Recorded Future · Web Intelligence · From data collection;#7 #12;#7 #12;#1 #12;#12;Sensors + predictive models #12;Web Intelligence Metrics UNSTRUCTURED TEXT

  5. An Argumentation-based Approach to Handling Trust in Distributed Decision Simon Parsons and Elizabeth Sklar

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    California at Davis, University of

    information from particu- lar sources impacts the decisions they have to make. We de- scribe the formal system to support decision making in situations where the source of the information on which decisions are based concentrate, in particular, on the trust that decision-makers have in information sources. The approach

  6. Algorithmic Decision Theory and the Smart Grid

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    surmount concomitant challenges: -Interoperating/distributed decision makers and decision-making devices. of Energy to the SIAM Science Policy Committee, October 2009. ·Others benefit from a presentation by Massoud ·Today's electric power systems have grown up incrementally and haphazardly ­ they were not designed from

  7. Evaluation of information bundles in engineering decisions 

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    Bakir, Niyazi Onur

    2004-11-15

    problems. In static insurance decisions, we analyze the case where the decision maker gathers information about the severity of the risk events and perform ranking of information bundles in a speci?c class. In dynamic insurance problems, we make a...

  8. Decision under uncertainty with limited information

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    Nikolaidis, Efstratios

    own land in oil rich region · Can sell it for $18,500 or drill · Drilling costs $70,000 · If no oil and countries depends on the ability of their leaders to make good decisions. #12;4 Example Drill for oil · You is found land becomes worthless · Sell or drill? #12;5 Decision tree: Graphical representation of sequence

  9. Microsoft Word - Improved Interfaces and Decision Support_FINAL...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    the skill sets and performance of today's system operators. * Customer Decision Making - Demand Response (DR) systems will provide information to customers in easily understood...

  10. Decision analysis for seismic retrofit of structures 

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    Williams, Ryan J.

    2009-05-15

    as well as the seismic hazard at a specific building location is incorporated into the decision-making process. The prescribed methodology is used to study two identical reinforced concrete buildings, one located in Memphis, Tennessee and one in San... in the NMFZ compared to that in California as well as human bias in the decision-making process, a quantitative measure of the economic costs and benefits of seismic retrofitting that considers the probability of occurrence of seismic events is necessary...

  11. Design intent tool: User guide

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    Mills, Evan; Abell, Daniel; Bell, Geoffrey; Faludi, Jeremy; Greenberg, Steve; Hitchcock, Rob; Piette, Mary Ann; Sartor, Dalei; Stum, Karl

    2002-08-23

    This database tool provides a structured approach to recording design decisions that impact a facility's design intent in areas such as energy efficiency.Owners and de signers alike can plan, monitor and verify that a facility's design intent is being met during each stage of the design process. Additionally, the Tool gives commissioning agents, facility operators and future owners and renovators an understanding of how the building and its subsystems are intended to operate, and thus track and benchmark performance.

  12. Percussion tool

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Reed, Teddy R.

    2006-11-28

    A percussion tool is described and which includes a housing mounting a tool bit; a reciprocally moveable hammer borne by the housing and which is operable to repeatedly strike the tool bit; and a reciprocally moveable piston enclosed within the hammer and which imparts reciprocal movement to the reciprocally moveable hammer.

  13. Summary of Training Workshop on the Use of NASA tools for Coastal Resource Management in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Judd, Chaeli; Judd, Kathleen S.; Gulbransen, Thomas C.; Thom, Ronald M.

    2009-03-01

    A two-day training workshop was held in Xalapa, Mexico from March 10-11 2009 with the goal of training end users from the southern Gulf of Mexico states of Campeche and Veracruz in the use of tools to support coastal resource management decision-making. The workshop was held at the computer laboratory of the Institute de Ecologia, A.C. (INECOL). This report summarizes the results of that workshop and is a deliverable to our NASA client.

  14. Stochastic methods for improving secondary production decisions under compositional uncertainty

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    de Weck, Olivier L.

    the usage of secondary or recycled materials. This thesis aims to improve materials decision making in two of these key areas: 1) blending decisions in manufacturing, and 2) alloy design decisions in product development. The usage of recycled aluminum in alloy blends is greatly hindered by variation in the raw

  15. ENHANCING DISCRETE CHOICE DEMAND MODELING FOR DECISION-BASED DESIGN

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    Chen, Wei

    the Decision-Based Design framework. Even though demand modeling techniques exist in market research, little design, in particular that facilitates engineering decision-making. In market research, two major demand1 ENHANCING DISCRETE CHOICE DEMAND MODELING FOR DECISION-BASED DESIGN In Press of ASME Journal

  16. Decision Summaries | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Information Center Decision Summaries Decision Summaries June 19, 2015 Summary of Decisions - June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015 Decisions were issued on: - Personnel Security (10...

  17. Piecewise Stationary Markov Decision Processes, I: Constant Gain

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    Shwartz, Adam

    -making models to which we refer as Piecewise Stationary Markov Decision Processes (PSMDPs). In these models, the decision making horizon can be partitioned into intervals, called renewal cycles, of N + 1 epochs. The transition law and reward function are identical over the #12;rst N epochs of each renewal cycle

  18. WINS. Market Simulation Tool for Facilitating Wind Energy Integration

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    Shahidehpour, Mohammad

    2012-10-30

    Integrating 20% or more wind energy into the system and transmitting large sums of wind energy over long distances will require a decision making capability that can handle very large scale power systems with tens of thousands of buses and lines. There is a need to explore innovative analytical and implementation solutions for continuing reliable operations with the most economical integration of additional wind energy in power systems. A number of wind integration solution paths involve the adoption of new operating policies, dynamic scheduling of wind power across interties, pooling integration services, and adopting new transmission scheduling practices. Such practices can be examined by the decision tool developed by this project. This project developed a very efficient decision tool called Wind INtegration Simulator (WINS) and applied WINS to facilitate wind energy integration studies. WINS focused on augmenting the existing power utility capabilities to support collaborative planning, analysis, and wind integration project implementations. WINS also had the capability of simulating energy storage facilities so that feasibility studies of integrated wind energy system applications can be performed for systems with high wind energy penetrations. The development of WINS represents a major expansion of a very efficient decision tool called POwer Market Simulator (POMS), which was developed by IIT and has been used extensively for power system studies for decades. Specifically, WINS provides the following superiorities; (1) An integrated framework is included in WINS for the comprehensive modeling of DC transmission configurations, including mono-pole, bi-pole, tri-pole, back-to-back, and multi-terminal connection, as well as AC/DC converter models including current source converters (CSC) and voltage source converters (VSC); (2) An existing shortcoming of traditional decision tools for wind integration is the limited availability of user interface, i.e., decision results are often text-based demonstrations. WINS includes a powerful visualization tool and user interface capability for transmission analyses, planning, and assessment, which will be of great interest to power market participants, power system planners and operators, and state and federal regulatory entities; and (3) WINS can handle extended transmission models for wind integration studies. WINS models include limitations on transmission flow as well as bus voltage for analyzing power system states. The existing decision tools often consider transmission flow constraints (dc power flow) alone which could result in the over-utilization of existing resources when analyzing wind integration. WINS can be used to assist power market participants including transmission companies, independent system operators, power system operators in vertically integrated utilities, wind energy developers, and regulatory agencies to analyze economics, security, and reliability of various options for wind integration including transmission upgrades and the planning of new transmission facilities. WINS can also be used by industry for the offline training of reliability and operation personnel when analyzing wind integration uncertainties, identifying critical spots in power system operation, analyzing power system vulnerabilities, and providing credible decisions for examining operation and planning options for wind integration. Researches in this project on wind integration included (1) Development of WINS; (2) Transmission Congestion Analysis in the Eastern Interconnection; (3) Analysis of 2030 Large-Scale Wind Energy Integration in the Eastern Interconnection; (4) Large-scale Analysis of 2018 Wind Energy Integration in the Eastern U.S. Interconnection. The research resulted in 33 papers, 9 presentations, 9 PhD degrees, 4 MS degrees, and 7 awards. The education activities in this project on wind energy included (1) Wind Energy Training Facility Development; (2) Wind Energy Course Development.

  19. Screening and Evaluation Tool (SET) Users Guide

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    Layne Pincock

    2014-10-01

    This document is the users guide to using the Screening and Evaluation Tool (SET). SET is a tool for comparing multiple fuel cycle options against a common set of criteria and metrics. It does this using standard multi-attribute utility decision analysis methods.

  20. Queer Tools

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    Hacker, Randi; Tsutsui, William

    2007-11-19

    Broadcast Transcript: Chindogu. Did someone say "Bless you?" No need. This is a Japanese word that means "queer tools" and it was coined to describe the Japanese penchant for unusual inventions. From toilet paper rolls that attach to the head...

  1. Workflow Tools

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    at NERSC go here. Galaxy - Galaxy is a web based workflow tool that is use by the genomics community. It allows you to define job dependencies via a web based workflow engine....

  2. A framework for decision support in systems architecting

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    Simmons, Willard Lennox

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this thesis is to provide a method and tool to leverage computational resources to empower a systems architect to reason about architectural decisions more comprehensively and effectively compared to ...

  3. Making your presentation fun: creative presentation techniques

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    KEENEN,MARTHA JANE

    2000-05-18

    What possesses someone to volunteer and go through hoops and red tape to make a presentation at a conference? For that matter, why does anyone ever present anything to anyone? Actually, presentations are a fact of life and there are many reasons for doing a presentation and doing it well. New and existing staff need training and orientation to the way things are done here. Handing all of them a manual and hoping they read it is pretty much a waste of paper. On the other hand, an effective, entertaining and upbeat presentation on the relevant topics is more likely to stick with those people. They will even have a name and face to remember and seek out when they have an issue on or with that topic. This can be a very effective beginning for networking with new peers. The presenter is seen as knowledgeable, as a source of information on company topics and possibly evaluated as a potential mentor or future manager. Project staff and/or peers benefit from clear, concise, presentations of topical knowledge. This is one way that a group working on various aspects of the same project or program can stay in touch and in step with each other. Most importantly, presentations may be the best or only door into the minds (and budgets) of management and customers. These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to address legal and compliance issues, budget, staffing, and services. Here is a chance, maybe the only one, to demonstrate and explain the wonderfulness of a program and the benefit they get by using the services offered most effectively. An interactive presentation on legal and compliance issues can be an effective tool in helping customers and/or management make good risk management decisions.

  4. Which Is The Best of Them All – Hard Decisions, Smart Choices

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    Leong, Tze Yun

    How do we make the best decisions in face of voluminous, complex, changing, and uncertain information? We describe a multi-disciplinary effort in developing the next generation decision analytic and engineering technologies. ...

  5. Robust, risk-sensitive, and data-driven control of Markov Decision Processes

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    Le Tallec, Yann

    2007-01-01

    Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) model problems of sequential decision-making under uncertainty. They have been studied and applied extensively. Nonetheless, there are two major barriers that still hinder the applicability ...

  6. Feasibility of ecosystem-based management in boreal forests: Management planning tools SFM Network

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    Asselin, Hugo

    Feasibility of ecosystem-based management in boreal forests: Management planning tools SFM Network Research Note Series No. 71 Highlights · The use of adaptive and user-friendly decision-support tools helps interest: a new decision-support tool in forestry From theory to practice Inthesummerof2007,Tembec

  7. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    6.1.2 Greenhouse Gas Emission Metrics . . . . . . iii 72.1.2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impact Assessment 2.1.3energy payback times, greenhouse gas emissions and external

  8. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    to GHG/kWh of the USA electricity supply chain are coalGHG/kWh of electricity example based on USA. Distributionnuclear (USA) are different because of the electricity mix

  9. Ignacio E. Grossmann Center for Advanced Process Decision-making

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    Grossmann, Ignacio E.

    .E. Grossmann, "Global Optimization for Scheduling Refinery Crude Oil Operations," in preparation (2007). Crude Production Planning Problems," Chemical Engineering Progress,", Jan. p.43 (2004) Floudas, C. A., & Lin, X Infrastructure Planning Model," I&EC Res.39, 1955-1971 (2000). Pressure and production curves reservoir Bizet, V

  10. SWARM ROBOTICS Collective decision-making based on social odometry

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    Libre de Bruxelles, Université

    Gutie´rrez Quiro´s S/N, 33600 Asturias, Spain e-mail: luis.magdalena@softcomputing.es 123 Neural Comput

  11. Estimating Production Potentials: Expert Bias in Applied Decision Making

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Reece, Wendy Jane

    1998-10-01

    A study was conducted to evaluate how workers predict manufacturing production potentials given positively and negatively framed information. Findings indicate the existence of a bias toward positive information and suggest that this bias may be reduced with experience but is never the less maintained. Experts err in the same way non experts do in differentially processing negative and positive information. Additionally, both experts and non experts tend to overestimate production potentials in a positive direction. The authors propose that these biases should be addressed with further research including cross domain analyses and consideration in training, workplace design, and human performance modeling.

  12. Human machine collaborative decision making in a complex optimization system

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    Malasky, Jeremy S

    2005-01-01

    Numerous complex real-world applications are either theoretically intractable or unable to be solved in a practical amount of time. Researchers and practitioners are forced to implement heuristics in solving such problems ...

  13. Managing infrastructure systems: who's heard in the decision making process? 

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    Smith, Sheri LaShel

    2004-09-30

    Citizen participation includes those activities by citizens who are not public officials that are more or less intended to influence the actions taken by government (Verba & Nie, 1972). Citizen initiated contacts are one ...

  14. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 129–146, 2008. [89] “Ecoinvent,”Ecoinvent v2.01, Product Ecology Consultants, Swiss Centersoftware.com. [23] “Ecoinvent,” Ecoinvent v2.01, Product

  15. Low Stream Flows: Making Decisions in an Uncertain Climate

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    is an assessment method for water diversions needed by small-scale hydroelectric projects, I found that uncertainty-scale hydroelectric projects in BC may become more restricted in the future. Keywords: Instream flow needs; low-flow period; fish habitat; run-of-river hydroelectric generation; climate change; small streams; #12;v

  16. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    LCA of Concentrator Solar Photovoltaics . . Analysis UsingHybrid LCA of Concentrator Solar Photovoltaics To conduct aPhotovoltaics 6.1 Metrics Development for Solar . . . . . . . . . . . .

  17. Discovering indicators in decision making in relation to reconstruction

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    Christensen, Henrik Bærbak

    "There are common indicators, in relation to the elements of the Architecture Busi- ness Cycle. The Architecture Business Cycle (ABC) [2] for these legacy systems is un- documented and in essence broken viable to reconstruct the architecture in order to let the system live on. This project will try to help

  18. Learned Human-in-the-Loop Decision Making

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    Basso, Brandon

    2012-01-01

    A multi-agent UAV mission planningUnmanned Autonomous System. 4 UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.Results in Cooperative UAV Control”. In: Proceedings of the

  19. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    the economic and environmental impact of energy policy,”ability to reduce environmental impacts and move toward ato minimize cost and environmental impact,” Proceedings of

  20. Factored MDPs for Optimal Prosumer Decision-Making Angelos Angelidakis

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    Chalkiadakis, Georgios

    .ifaamas.org). All rights reserved. producing electricity from (mainly) renewable energy resources, and which has. Paradigms of such community-oriented and renewable energy-relying microgrids are expected to be commonplace a consumer) when selling and buying energy in the emerging smart electricity grid, is of utmost importance

  1. Learned Human-in-the-Loop Decision Making

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    Basso, Brandon

    2012-01-01

    that it was human. - Alan Turing Introduction Learning is agreat frequency. - Alan Turing Introduction The Generalized

  2. MODELING GOAL-ORIENTED DECISION MAKING THROUGH COGNITIVE PHASE TRANSITIONS

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    KOZMA, ROBERT; PULJIC, MARKO; PERLOVSKY, LEONID

    2009-01-01

    Higher Cognitive Functions was provided by World Scientific.Access to World Scientific is possible through the

  3. Signal processing and decision making in single cells

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    Mettetal, Jerome Thomas, II

    2008-01-01

    Cells are not simple passive observers oblivious to their environment, but sense and adapt to environmental changes in order to thrive. In addition to sensing the presence of signals in the environment, cells can extract ...

  4. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    governance in managing ecosystem service trade-offs,” International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental

  5. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    methods of shipping, types of fuel, and end-of-life are allshipping and implementation guidance for the marine fuel

  6. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    Life-Cycle Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .for environmental life cycle assessment,” EnvironmentalStructure of Life Cycle Assessment. The Netherlands: Kluwer

  7. On Decision Making Following an Industrial Energy Audit 

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    Muller, M. R.; Barnish, T.; Polomski, P. P.

    1995-01-01

    A survey of 104 manufacturers has been carried out. Each plant had received an energy audit by an EADC at least 24 months prior to the study. The survey attempted to determine why certain recommendations made in the audit report were not implemented...

  8. Supplementary Information A. Decision-making network of spiking neurons

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    Wang, Xiao-Jing

    (t) = Iext,AMP A(t) + Irec,AMP A(t) + Irec,NMDA(t) + Irec,GABA(t) Iext,AMP A(t) = gext,AMP A(V (t) - VE)Sj,ext,AMP A(t) Irec,AMP A(t) = grec,AMP A(V (t) - VE) NE j=1 wjSj,rec,AMP A(t) Irec,NMDA(t) = grec,NMDA(V (t) - VE) (1 + [Mg2+]exp(-0.062V (t))/3.57) NE j=1 wjSj,NMDA(t) Irec,GABA(t) = gGABA(V (t) - VI) NI j=1 Sj

  9. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    2005 status,” Progress in Photovoltaics: Re- search andsys- tem FLATCON,” Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and

  10. Decision Making Under Ambiguity: A Belief-function Perspective

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    Srivastava, Rajendra P.

    1997-01-01

    In this article, we discuss problems with probability theory in representing uncertainties encountered in the "real world" and show how belief functions can overcome these difficulties. Also, we discuss an expected utility ...

  11. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    installed to replace hydro power, in terms of GHG emissions.coal-fired power plant or a hydro-power facility. 4. The GHG

  12. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    of solar-thermal electricity generation,” Solar Energy, vol.solar, wind, other renewables or electricity technologies, and energysolar energy case study showed reductions of over 25% in the transportation and electricity

  13. Systems Medicine: An Integrated Approach with Decision Making Perspective 

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    Faryabi, Babak

    2010-01-14

    Two models are proposed to describe interactions among genes, transcription factors, and signaling cascades involved in regulating a cellular sub-system. These models fall within the class of Markovian regulatory networks, and can accommodate...

  14. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    Bibliography LCA development for Solar . . . . . . .4 Iterative Financial Hybrid LCA 4.1diagram versus matrix representations of LCA . Metric design

  15. Stress and decision-making in a Developing world context

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    Devani, Amal

    2014-01-01

    This paper gauges the effect of physiological stress on time preference in the urban poor from informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. Using a standardized psychosocial stress challenge (the Trier social stress test (TSST)) ...

  16. Electric System Decision Making in Other Regions: A Preliminary...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    to Congress:Impacts of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Proposal for Standard Market Design Transmission Constraints and Congestion in the Western and Eastern...

  17. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    Concentrator design to minimize LCOE,” Proceedings of thetool at SolFocus [122]. The LCOE cost model provides theinstallation variables, the LCOE metric is a step beyond the

  18. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    Environmental impacts of PV electricity generation - a critical comparison of energy supply options,” Proceedings of the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar

  19. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    and finally onto a triple junction solar cell. The SolFocustimes onto a costly triple-junction PV solar cell. As shown

  20. MRP II-based Production Management Using Intelligent Decision Making

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bouras, Christos

    to the production manager to revise the unrealistic plans and carry out the complex task of production control is attached to the lowest level of the PMS, namely the production activity control (PAC) subsystem the primitive Material Requirements Planning (MRP) features [22]. A production management system (PMS

  1. A Survey of Web-based Collective Decision Making Systems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Watkins, Jennifer H; Rodriguez, Marko A

    2008-01-01

    choose to link to other web-pages and in aggregate thissystem that organizes web-pages for the purpose of documentWeb is a net- work of web-pages connected through hypertext

  2. Helping Utilities Make Smart Solar Decisions Utility Barriers

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Homes, Christopher C.

    of utility-scale solar PV plants. Sandra Burton Regional Director March 8 ­ 9, 2011 Brookhaven National Lab · Considered an R&D activity · Minor facilitation of customer-owned PV #12;Managing Customers Barriers to solar of scale · Shift to revenue generating technology Barrier: Commission's need education on solar benefits

  3. ACES Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making Conference

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services represents a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy makers involved with ecosystem services. The ACES 2014 Conference brings...

  4. Hippocampalcortical interaction in decision making , Loren M. Frank

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Frank, Loren

    . Deliberation in the rat Behavioral observations in naturalistic settings demonstrated that the brown rat

  5. Financial evaluation and decision making processes for environmental technology projects

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Dreher, Jonathan J. (Jonathan Jacob)

    2010-01-01

    The convergence of the information age with an improved understanding of the effects humans have on the environment provides exciting new opportunities to improve our impact on the world. Though modem companies collect and ...

  6. Motor Effort Alters Changes of Mind in Sensorimotor Decision Making

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Franklin, David

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, United States: Burk D, Ingram JN, Franklin DW, Shadlen MN, Wolpert DM (2014) Motor Effort Alters Changes of Mind

  7. Decision-making models for reproducing intelligence in transportation...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    January 01, 2013 It could be the start of a good riddle: How many syn-apses of the brain does it take to figure out how to improve fuel efficiency? If you're Andreas...

  8. ADR Lunchtime Program: How Do You Make Decisions?

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Speaker: Mary Atwater Psy.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Family Mediator, Child Access Mediator Member: Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME), Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals

  9. Optimal decision making in ventilation control Andrew Kusiak*, Mingyang Li

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Kusiak, Andrew

    . In addition, devices such as air-side economizers are also used in ventilation systems to reduce energy Accepted 24 July 2009 Available online 15 August 2009 Keywords: Ventilation Air quality Multi. Using the CO2 concentration as the major indoor air quality index and expected room occupancy schedule

  10. Decision making in the HIV/AIDS supply chain

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Cao, Elaine Phu

    2007-01-01

    During the first two decades of HIV/AIDS awareness, the U.S. and foreign governments responded slowly to the crisis. In contrast today, as the pandemic continues, initiatives of nonprofit organizations have dramatically ...

  11. Smart customization : making evidence-based environmental decisions

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    Chin, Ryan C. C., 1974-

    2012-01-01

    This thesis examines the environmental benefits created by the manufacture, distribution, and consumer use of products that are mass customized (MC) or produced "on-demand" and tailored to individual end-user preferences. ...

  12. MONITORING AND DECISION MAKING FOR CUCUMBER BEETLES ON MUSKMELON

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Ginzel, Matthew

    of cucumber beetles on muskmelon. · Using black plastic mulch can maintain higher soil tem- peratures

  13. Giraffes, religion and conflict : essays in behavioral decision making

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Mochon, Daniel

    2008-01-01

    Essay 1: Objective Scale Anchoring in Sequential Judgments We explore the scope and boundary conditions for anchoring when respondents render sequential judgments in the absence of an explicit comparative standard. We show ...

  14. Using Emotions to Enhance Decision-Making Dimitrios Antos1

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Pfeffer, Avi

    Charles River Analytics Cambridge, MA 1 antos@fas.harvard.edu, 2 apfeffer@cra.com Abstract We present emotions." The end result is a projection of the agent's long-run utility function, which might be too complex to optimize or even represent, to a time-varying valuation function that is being my- opically

  15. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    models for reverse logistics: A review,” European Journal ofbeen conducted for reverse logistic systems comprised of

  16. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    European Commission, “Germany energy mix fact sheet, http://Solar Energy Conference, Dresden, Germany, 2006. [114] V.Germany: an example of geographical variability in life-cycle assessment,” Applied Energy,

  17. Learned Human-in-the-Loop Decision Making

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    Basso, Brandon

    2012-01-01

    An Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System for Sensing andsystem for unmanned aerial vehicles executing collaborativeControl of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Collaborative Sens- ing

  18. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    kg-CO 2eq /kWh for Puertollano, Phoenix, Sydney, Mountainin Phoenix, Arizona (Direct Normal Insolation of 6.9 kWh/m5, 6, 7 kWh/m 2 /day in Puertollano, Phoenix, Sydney, Moun-

  19. http://mdm.sagepub.com/ Medical Decision Making

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Penny, Will

    Will Penny and David Frost Neural Networks in Clinical Medicine Published by: http Medicine WILL PENNY, PhD, DAVID FROST, MB, PhD Neural networks are parallel, distributed, adaptive

  20. Decision-Making to Reduce Manufacturing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Reich-Weiser, Corinne

    2010-01-01

    Life-Cycle Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .variability in life-cycle assessment,” Applied Energy, vol.input-output life-cycle assessment model,” International

  1. Sequential Decision Making in Non-stochastic Environments

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Abernethy, Jacob Duncan

    2011-01-01

    Kakade, A. Rakhlin, and A. Tewari, “High-probability boundsK. Sridharan, and A. Tewari, “Online Learning: BeyondBartlett, A. Rakhlin, and A. Tewari, “Optimal strategies and

  2. EM Risk and Cleanup Decision Making Presentation by Mark Gilbertson

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirley Ann Jackson About1996 EM Health and Intercom Energy,of91:DraftEnergyofAcquisitionRISK AND

  3. DOE Secretarial Memorandum on Improved Decision Making through the

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious Rank EERE:FinancingPetroleum Based| Department8, 2015 GATEWAY Takes on Another

  4. Electric System Decision Making in Other Regions: A Preliminary Analysis

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious Rank EERE:FinancingPetroleum Based|DepartmentStatementofApril 25,EVtheEnergyPrepared for Western

  5. Environmental screening tools for assessment of infrastructure plans based on biodiversity preservation and global warming (PEIT, Spain)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Garcia-Montero, Luis G.

    2010-04-15

    Most Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) research has been concerned with SEA as a procedure, and there have been relatively few developments and tests of analytical methodologies. The first stage of the SEA is the 'screening', which is the process whereby a decision is taken on whether or not SEA is required for a particular programme or plan. The effectiveness of screening and SEA procedures will depend on how well the assessment fits into the planning from the early stages of the decision-making process. However, it is difficult to prepare the environmental screening for an infrastructure plan involving a whole country. To be useful, such methodologies must be fast and simple. We have developed two screening tools which would make it possible to estimate promptly the overall impact an infrastructure plan might have on biodiversity and global warming for a whole country, in order to generate planning alternatives, and to determine whether or not SEA is required for a particular infrastructure plan.

  6. Braving the Tempest: Methodological foundations of policy-making in sustainability transitions

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    Mercure, J -F; Bassi, A M; Viñuales, J E; Edwards, N R

    2015-01-01

    Policy-makers currently face unprecedented challenges and uncertainty when taking decisions that simultaneously affect economic development, technology and the environment. It is not clear to policy-makers how to reconcile economic policy supporting growth with climate change mitigation, and it is not clear how effective policies are likely to be. This paper argues that informing policy-making using conventional equilibrium or optimisation modelling of technology and economics is not fine-grained enough to capture the complexities of real-world human behaviour and its diversity, leaving a wide uncertainty gap for policy-making. We suggest that the use of a dynamical methodology involving complexity science coupled to behavioural science with sophisticated uncertainty analysis can provide appropriate tools to better understand policy issues in sectors that involve a high degree of interaction (collective effects) or differentiation (agent heterogeneity/diversity) between agents. We argue that a better represen...

  7. 2007: make or break for emissions trading

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Vitelli, A.

    2006-11-15

    With the Kyoto Protocol's first compliance period beginning in 2008, much of 2007 will be focussed on implementing the institutions needed to ensure the Protocol's effectiveness. The big unknown is whether governments and international bodies can make tough decisions in time to let the emissions market function effectively to reduce greenhouse gases.

  8. Northeast Climate Science Center Webinar- Making Decision in Complex Landscapes: Headwater Stream Management Across Multiple Agencies Using Structured Decision Making

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    There is growing evidence that headwater stream ecosystems are vulnerable to changing climate and land use, but their conservation is challenged by the need to address the threats at a landscape...

  9. Downhole tool

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Hall, David R.; Muradov, Andrei; Pixton, David S.; Dahlgren, Scott Steven; Briscoe, Michael A.

    2007-03-20

    A double shouldered downhole tool connection comprises box and pin connections having mating threads intermediate mating primary and secondary shoulders. The connection further comprises a secondary shoulder component retained in the box connection intermediate a floating component and the primary shoulders. The secondary shoulder component and the pin connection cooperate to transfer a portion of makeup load to the box connection. The downhole tool may be selected from the group consisting of drill pipe, drill collars, production pipe, and reamers. The floating component may be selected from the group consisting of electronics modules, generators, gyroscopes, power sources, and stators. The secondary shoulder component may comprises an interface to the box connection selected from the group consisting of radial grooves, axial grooves, tapered grooves, radial protrusions, axial protrusions, tapered protrusions, shoulders, and threads.

  10. A Bayesian Decision Model for Intelligent Routing in Sensor Networks

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Marques, Antonio Garcia

    A Bayesian Decision Model for Intelligent Routing in Sensor Networks Roc´io Arroyo-Valles, Antonio are considered in a Bayesian model in order to establish intelligent decision rules that make the network economize in crucial resources. I. INTRODUCTION Recent advances in sensor technology and wireless com

  11. KNOWLEDGE-BASED DECISION SUPPORT IN OIL WELL DRILLING

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Aamodt, Agnar

    KNOWLEDGE-BASED DECISION SUPPORT IN OIL WELL DRILLING Combining general and case-specific knowledge of Computer and Information Science. agnar.aamodt@idi.ntnu.no Abstract: Oil well drilling is a complex process for information handling, decision-making, and on-the-job learning for drilling personnel in their daily working

  12. Decision support systems for automated terminal area air traffic control

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    Pararas, John Demetrios

    1982-01-01

    This work studies the automation of the terminal area Air Traffic Management and Control (ATM/C) system. The ATM/C decision-making process is analyzed and broken down into a number of "automation functions". Each of these ...

  13. Establishment of Management Decisions on Office of Inspector General Reports

    Broader source: Directives, Delegations, and Requirements [Office of Management (MA)]

    2001-12-17

    To establish the responsibilities and requirements for Department of Energy (DOE) action required to make management decisions on Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit and public inspection reports. Cancels DOE 2320.2B

  14. Establishment of Management Decisions on Office of Inspector General Reports

    Broader source: Directives, Delegations, and Requirements [Office of Management (MA)]

    2008-04-19

    The order establishes the responsibilities and requirements for Department of Energy elements to make management decisions on Office of Inspector General audits and public inspection reports. Supersedes DOE O 221.3.

  15. Including costs of supply chain risk in strategic sourcing decisions

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    Jain, Avani

    2009-01-01

    Cost evaluations do not always include the costs associated with risks when organizations make strategic sourcing decisions. This research was conducted to establish and quantify the impact of risks and risk-related costs ...

  16. Record of Decision Available

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    DOE has recently published its Record of Decision announcing and explaining DOE’s chosen project alternative and describing any commitments for mitigating potential environmental impacts. The NEPA...

  17. Workflow Tools

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity ofkandz-cm11 Outreach Home RoomPreservationBio-Inspired SolarAbout /Two0Photos andSeminarsDesign RenewableNationalSeason |Tools

  18. Tools | JCESR

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of NaturalDukeWakefieldSulfateSciTechtail.Theory ofDidDevelopment TopMetathesisSedimentsTechnologies | BlandineTools JCESR

  19. Development Tools

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity ofkandz-cm11 Outreach Home Room NewsInformation Current HAB Packet HanfordDOEDanielDeSmall BusinessDeveloperDevelopingTools

  20. Track Bioenergy Legislation with New Web Tool | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    with New Web Tool February 27, 2014 - 5:59pm Addthis The Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library aims to help the public, industry, and decision makers quickly and easily find...

  1. Agent-based modeling of human decision-making behavior within Spatial Decision Support Systems

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    Sengupta, Raja

    on modeling humans as spatial "agents" that impact the landscape in some fashion. For example, considerable characteristics of the individual, such as age and income, and spatial characteristics of their land holdings for a period of ten years. Modeling Farmers as Agents Traditionally, neoclassical economic theories and profit-maximizing

  2. The Tysons Tunnel decision : a case study of suboptimal decision-making in major transit investments

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    Blizzard, Katherine M. (Katherine Margaret)

    2015-01-01

    In 2014 Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail system opened Phase 1 of its new Silver Line, which extends the current system to include significant portions of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. This extension runs through Tysons ...

  3. Sustainable Transportation Decision-Making: Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSS) and Total Cost Analysis 

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    Kim, Hwan Yong

    2013-04-04

    Building a new infrastructure facility requires a significant amount of time and expense. This is particularly true for investments in transportation for their longstanding and great degree of impact on society. The scope ...

  4. Algorithmic Decision Theory and Risk-based Decision Making in the

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    or automated). ·Long tradition of algorithmic methods in logistics and planning dating at least to World War II of vessels. August 2012 9 #12;10 Fisheries Law Enforcement · Our methods using machine learning and logistic other goals of fisheries law enforcement: Balanced deterrent Balanced policing Balanced maintenance

  5. Making Weighty Decisions: Do Pre-Service Teachers Understand the Impact of Data-Driven Decisions

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    Williams, Lauren E.

    2010-07-14

    . This course requires field-based experience hours that include practica related assignments relating to behavior and instructional interventions. Educational Psychology, INST 301, taught the application of psychology to problems of teaching, nature...

  6. Implementing Motor Decision Plans 

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Elliott, R. N.

    2001-01-01

    The first step to reducing energy costs and increasing reliability in motors is to establish a motor plan. A motor plan allows decisions to be made in advance of motor failure, and increases the options available. By contrast, most motor decisions...

  7. Decision Fusion for Patch-Based Face Recognition Berkay Topcu and Hakan Erdogan

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Erdogan, Hakan

    Decision Fusion for Patch-Based Face Recognition Berkay Topc¸u and Hakan Erdogan Faculty. Feature fusion and decision fusion are two distinct ways to make use of the extracted local features. Apart from the well-known decision fusion methods, a novel approach for calculating weights

  8. Negotiation of Multilateral Security Decisions for Grid Computing Li Zhou Clifford Neuman

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hwang, Kai

    Negotiation of Multilateral Security Decisions for Grid Computing Li Zhou Clifford Neuman Architecture that facilitates the collaboration in making security decisions for grid services. In particular security decisions according to the level of trust among grid service providers. 1. Introduction The grid

  9. Tools | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Information Resources Tools Tools Below are links to tools that assist users with project planning and analysis. Spectrally Enhanced Lighting Spectrally Enhanced Lighting (SEL)...

  10. Tools for Public Information

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Tools for Public Information Tools for Public Information A list of resources for the public, including Intellus, an online tool that provides transparency and accessibility to the...

  11. To make LUTI models operational tools for planning

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bierlaire, Michel

    used by planners to evaluate urban and transport policies. In addition to a literature review approach. Only a closer collaboration between modelers and end users, and more efforts to integrate Background A large literature is dedicated to Land Use and Transport Integrated models (LUTIs). This family

  12. Good enough tools for global warming policy making

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    matter (DOM) in the North Atlantic Deep Water and intermediate waters: assessing the functional) Sea and the subsequent large scale deep water formation, known as the North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW's climate. Recently, it has been found that the deep water formation in the GIN Sea is more variable than

  13. Online Planning Tools Make Road Trips a Snap | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    the alternative fuel you choose-including biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electricity, E85 (a blend of up to 85% ethanol), or propane-along a specific geographic route. There...

  14. Tool Improves Electricity Demand Predictions to Make More Room for

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious RankADVANCEDInstallers/ContractorsPhotovoltaicsState ofSavings forTitle XVII FinalRenewables | Department of

  15. UNEP-Bioenergy Decision Support Tool | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page| Open Energy Information Serbia-EnhancingEt Al.,Turin, New York: EnergyU.S. EPA Region 10 Jump3 -LowUNEP-Bioenergy

  16. DECISION SUPPORT TOOL FOR DYNAMIC WORKFORCE SCHEDULING IN MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENTS

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Cummings, Mary "Missy"

    number of factors such as part availability, production cost, space constraints and labor supply must and scheduling assignments. Another factor that was stressed was the inclusion of ergonomic risk. Worker-task assignments that do not take into account ergonomic risk exposure can lead to repetitive stress injuries over

  17. Decision support systems for tool reuse and EOL processes

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Gan, Jyeh J

    2007-01-01

    Intel® is a manufacturing company that concentrates on the fabrication process of computer chips. Over the years and into the future, Intel® has gone through multiple and advanced generations of manufacturing technology ...

  18. Statistical Tools for Admission Control Decisions in Wireless Networks

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Espa~na. 3 Universidad del Cauca, Popay´an, Colombia. Abstract

  19. Decision support tool for dynamic workforce scheduling in manufacturing environments \\

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Malik, Radhika, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2013-01-01

    Scheduling for production in manufacturing environments requires an immense amount of planning. A large number of factors such as part availability, production cost, space constraints and labor supply must be taken into ...

  20. Using Software Metrics Tools for Maintenance Decisions: A Classroom Exercise

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Katchabaw, Michael James

    identify modules with low software quality; renovating those modules would be a step toward improving (Bauer) taught a senior under­ graduate course entitled ``Software Processes, Measure­ ments and Quality''. The course concentrated on the use of software metrics to evaluate software quality. We decided to use

  1. Decision support tools for environmentally conscious chemical process design

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    Cano Ruiz, José Alejandro, 1969-

    1999-01-01

    The environment has emerged as an important determinant of the performance of the modern chemical industry. Process engineering in the 21st century needs to evolve to include environmental issues as part of the design ...

  2. Energy Signal Tool for Decision Support in Building Energy Systems...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    different from expected (red and yellow lights) or approximately the same as expected (green light). Which light to display for a given energy end use is determined by comparing...

  3. A Decision Support Tool for Selecting Traffic Control Devices 

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Robertson, James Allan

    2015-04-17

    . Next, the author uses a portion of the same survey of transportation professionals to evaluate the importance of crashes, driver compliance, and mobility when ranking of transportation alternatives. The author concludes that compliance is a reasonable...

  4. New Decision Support Tool for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Classification

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Chronopoulos, Anthony T.

    are to transport various agents such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, wastes, and hormones. Blood cells properties in microscope blood film images. The blood images are exposed to series of pre-processing steps

  5. The Energy Policy Pyramid - A Hierarchal Tool for Decision Makers 

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    Vieira, R. K.

    2006-01-01

    resources and, as such, should be considered prior to or in conjunction with conventional resources. Roof-integrated photovoltaics, hydrogen- powered vehicles or wind- powered water pumps are examples of alternative energy supply methods. Note... to purchase hybrid technology cars should instead reward buyers of clean fuel-efficient cars under a system of energy usage per mile and emissions. A hybrid Hummer may still only achieve one-third the gas mileage of a gasoline Honda Civic. Policy makers...

  6. Design and Decision Support Tools | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergy A plug-in electricLaboratoryof EnergyWASHINGTON, DC - U.S.The DepartmentCBI

  7. NREL-Decision-Support Tools Demonstration | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION J APPENDIX ECoop Inc Jump to: navigation,MeregNIFE Baterias IndustriaisNREL-Biomass

  8. Community-Driven Development Decision Tools for Rural Development Programs

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTIONRobertsdale, Alabama (Utility Company)| Open EnergyColoradoBiomassPlus Jump to:Open EnergyEnergy|

  9. Decision Support Tool: Integrated REDD+ accounting frameworks: Nested

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION J APPENDIX ECoopButtePower VenturesInformation9) WindGrid Project)AreaDayDead Horsenational

  10. New Framework Transforms FAST Wind Turbine Modeling Tool (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2014-04-01

    A recent overhaul of the tool makes it a powerful, robust, and flexible modeling software to aid the development of innovative wind and water power technologies.

  11. Postgraduate information needs and online tools awareness

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    Dingley, Esther

     the concept of ‘the Open Scholar’ and the tools  available to modern researchers. The ‘Open Scholar’ is one who makes their intellectual properties  and processes digitally visible and  invite ongoing critique of their work.   They highlight that there  are a  large number of tools on offer and they draw attention to the high rate of attrition...

  12. Environmental Decision Support for Manufacturing Technology Felipe Roman, Bert Bras1

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    the Department of Energy's (DoE) Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), which provide free energy, waste goals and cascade them through all levels of management decision making. One decision-making level-mail: bert.bras@me.gatech.edu #12;2 GRI - Global Reporting Initiative IAC - Industrial Assessment Center ISO

  13. UNDERSTANDING HOME RENOVATION DECISIONS

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    Watson, Andrew

    UNDERSTANDING HOME RENOVATION DECISIONS - A Research Project - Background to Our Research Energy to renovate their homes. We're interested in energy efficiency, but in all other efficient renova/ons can lower energy bills, improve comfort by reducing dra

  14. Artificial Intelligence Decision and Information

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    Polani, Daniel

    Artificial Intelligence Decision and Information Daniel Polani Artificial Intelligence ­ p.1/26 Decisions: The Fundamental Task Motivation: everything in Artificial Intelligence is basical about taking Intellige Decision: What Door to Open? Artificial Intelligence ­ p.3/26 Bottom Line Clear: decision about

  15. Decision Analysis for EGS

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Project objectives: DEVELOPMENT OF ANALYSIS TOOLS TO ASSESS: Uncertainties associated with exploration for EGS; Uncertainties associated with development of EGS; Uncertainties associated with operation of EGS.

  16. Clean Cities Tools: Tools to Help You Save Money, Use Less Petroleum, and Reduce Emissions (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2015-01-01

    Clean Cities offers a large collection of Web-based tools on the Alternative Fuels Data Center. These calculators, interactive maps, and data searches can assist fleets, fuels providers, and other transportation decision makers in their efforts to reduce petroleum use.

  17. Foundational Tools for Petascale Computing

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    Miller, Barton

    2014-05-19

    The Paradyn project has a history of developing algorithms, techniques, and software that push the cutting edge of tool technology for high-end computing systems. Under this funding, we are working on a three-year agenda to make substantial new advances in support of new and emerging Petascale systems. The overall goal for this work is to address the steady increase in complexity of these petascale systems. Our work covers two key areas: (1) The analysis, instrumentation and control of binary programs. Work in this area falls under the general framework of the Dyninst API tool kits. (2) Infrastructure for building tools and applications at extreme scale. Work in this area falls under the general framework of the MRNet scalability framework. Note that work done under this funding is closely related to work done under a contemporaneous grant, “High-Performance Energy Applications and Systems”, SC0004061/FG02-10ER25972, UW PRJ36WV.

  18. Record of Decision for Amchitka Surface Closure, Alaska

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2008-08-01

    This Record of Decision has been prepared to document the remedial actions taken on Amchitka Island to stabilize contaminants associated with drilling mud pits generated as a result of nuclear testing operations conducted on the island. This document has been prepared in accordance with the recommended outline in the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation guidance on decision documentation under the Site Cleanup Rules (18 AAC 75.325-18 AAC 75.390) (ADEC 1999). It also describes the decision-making process used to establish the remedial action plans and defines the associated human health and ecological risks for the remediation.

  19. TNA Data Collection Tool

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The TNA Data Collection Tool Instructions provides guidance on how to complete the TNA Data Collection Tool. The TNA Data Collection Tool is an Excel spreadsheet that the organization's designating training POC will use to populate their organizations training needs.

  20. The application of failure mode and effect analysis to evaluate risks associated with outsourcing decisions

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    Nowicke, Jacquelyn M

    2008-01-01

    The goal of this thesis is to develop a tool for analyzing the risks associated with outsourcing decisions for corporations. The thesis explores the current methods of choosing suppliers to outsource, as well as issues and ...

  1. Web-Based Geographic Information System Tool for Accessing Hanford Site Environmental Data

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    Triplett, Mark B.; Seiple, Timothy E.; Watson, David J.; Charboneau, Briant L.; Morse, John G.

    2014-11-15

    Data volume, complexity, and access issues pose severe challenges for analysts, regulators and stakeholders attempting to efficiently use legacy data to support decision making at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site. DOE has partnered with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on the PHOENIX (PNNL-Hanford Online Environmental Information System) project, which seeks to address data access, transparency, and integration challenges at Hanford to provide effective decision support. PHOENIX is a family of spatially-enabled web applications providing quick access to decades of valuable scientific data and insight through intuitive query, visualization, and analysis tools. PHOENIX realizes broad, public accessibility by relying only on ubiquitous web-browsers, eliminating the need for specialized software. It accommodates a wide range of users with intuitive user interfaces that require little or no training to quickly obtain and visualize data. Currently, PHOENIX is actively hosting three applications focused on groundwater monitoring, groundwater clean-up performance reporting, and in-tank monitoring. PHOENIX-based applications are being used to streamline investigative and analytical processes at Hanford, saving time and money. But more importantly, by integrating previously isolated datasets and developing relevant visualization and analysis tools, PHOENIX applications are enabling DOE to discover new correlations hidden in legacy data, allowing them to more effectively address complex issues at Hanford.

  2. Euclid Software and Tools

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Software and Tools Software and Tools The table below shows the software installed on Euclid that is managed by modules. Package Category Version Module Install Date Date Made...

  3. Designing Annotation Tools based on Properties of Annotation Problems.

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    Theune, Mariët

    Designing Annotation Tools based on Properties of Annotation Problems. Dennis Reidsma Nata-consuming task. Sup- port from tools to create annotations is indispensable. This paper argues that annotation tools should be focused on specific classes of annotation problems to make the annotation process more

  4. Brief Report The puzzling difficulty of tool innovation: Why

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    Apperly, Ian

    Brief Report The puzzling difficulty of tool innovation: Why can't children piece their knowledge November 2013 Available online 13 February 2014 Keywords: Tools Innovation Problem Solving Ill-structured problems Cognitive Development Social learning a b s t r a c t Tool innovation--designing and making novel

  5. Automatic Dependability Analysis for Supporting Design Decisions in UML

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    Firenze, Università degli Studi di

    Automatic Dependability Analysis for Supporting Design Decisions in UML Andrea Bondavalli1, Istvan and analysis tools for the automatic validation of the system under design. We apply an automatic trans though a thorough system specification im- proves the quality of the design , it is not sufficient

  6. Methods of making pyrrolidones

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Werpy, Todd; Frye, Jr., John G.; Wang, Yong; Zacher, Alan H.

    2003-10-14

    The present invention provides methods for making N-methylpyrrolidine and analogous compounds via hydrogenation. Novel catalysts for this process, and novel conditions/yields are also described. Other process improvements may include extraction and hydrolysis steps. Some preferred reactions take place in the aqueous phase. Starting materials for making N-methylpyrrolidine may include succinic acid, N-methylsuccinimide, and their analogs.

  7. Methods Of Making Pyrrolidones

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    Werpy, Todd (West Richland, WA); Frye, Jr., John G. (Richland, WA); Wang, Yong (Richland, WA); Zacher, Alan H. (Kennewick, WA)

    2003-12-30

    The present invention provides methods for making N-methylpyrrolidine and analogous compounds via hydrogenation. Novel catalysts for this process, and novel conditions/yields are also described. Other process improvements may include extraction and hydrolysis steps. Some preferred reactions take place in the aqueous phase. Starting materials for making N-methylpyrrolidine may include succinic acid, N-methylsuccinimide, and their analogs.

  8. Methods of making pyrrolidones

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Werpy, Todd; Frye, Jr., John G.; Wang, Yong; Zacher, Alan H.

    2003-08-05

    The present invention provides methods for making N-methylpyrrolidine and analogous compounds via hydrogenation. Novel catalysts for this process, and novel conditions/yields are also described. Other process improvements may include extraction and hydrolysis steps. Some preferred reactions take place in the aqueous phase. Starting materials for making N-methylpyrrolidine may include succinic acid, N-methylsuccinimide, and their analogs.

  9. Methods of making pyrrolidones

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Werpy, Todd; Frye, Jr., John G.; Wang, Yong; Zacher, Alan H.

    2004-03-16

    The present invention provides methods for making N-methylpyrrolidine and analogous compounds via hydrogenation. Novel catalysts for this process, and novel conditions/yields are also described. Other process improvements may include extraction and hydrolysis steps. Some preferred reactions take place in the aqueous phase. Starting materials for making N-methylpyrrolidine may include succinic acid, N-methylsuccinimide, and their analogs.

  10. Enabling effective product launch decisions

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    Akamphon, Sappinandana

    2008-01-01

    The present work looks into the question of optimizing the performance of product launch decisions-in particular, the decisions of product development duration and manufacturing ramp-up. It presents an innovative model for ...

  11. Decision support for disaster management

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    Rolland, Erik; Patterson, Raymond A.; Ward, Keith; Dodin, Bajis

    2010-01-01

    of the disaster management organizations. Therefore, thishybrid meta-heuristics. Keywords Disaster management . Meta-heuristics . Project management . Scheduling . Decision

  12. Arsenic in Bangladesh Decision analysis

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    Gelman, Andrew

    Arsenic in Bangladesh Decision analysis Regression models Take-home points Arsenic and old models 2007 Andrew Gelman Arsenic and old models #12;Arsenic in Bangladesh Decision analysis Regression models Take-home points Contents Aresenic in Bangladesh Decision analysis Regression models Andrew Gelman

  13. Empowering Users To Become Designers: Using Meta-Design Environments to Enable and Motivate Sustainable Energy Decisions

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    Fischer, Gerhard

    Sustainable Energy Decisions Holger Dick, Hal Eden, Gerhard Fischer, and Jason Zietz 1 University of Colorado individuals and communities more broadly in understanding and making more sustainable choices regarding energy-in-use, decision-making, energy sustainability ACM Classification Keywords INTRODUCTION There is overwhelming

  14. The Future of Making Things Workshop Get hands on experience with Autodesk Fusion 360, the

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Sorin, Eric J.

    wearables, and connected devices for the Internet of Things. Making these future The Future of Making Things Workshop Get hands on experience things requires modern tools that leverage new practices such as 3D printing

  15. The ArcSDE GIS Dynamic Population Model Tool for Savannah River Site Emergency Response

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    MCLANE, TRACY; JONES, DWIGHT

    2005-10-03

    The Savannah River Site (SRS) is a 310-square-mile Department of Energy site located near Aiken, South Carolina. With a workforce of over 10,000 employees and subcontractors, SRS emergency personnel must be able to respond to an emergency event in a timely and effective manner, in order to ensure the safety and security of the Site. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides the technology needed to give managers and emergency personnel the information they need to make quick and effective decisions. In the event of a site evacuation, knowing the number of on-site personnel to evacuate from a given area is an essential piece of information for emergency staff. SRS has developed a GIS Dynamic Population Model Tool to quickly communicate real-time information that summarizes employee populations by facility area and building and then generates dynamic maps that illustrate output statistics.

  16. Better Buildings Alliance Solar Decision Guide

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Businesses considering implementing solar PV may encounter widespread geographic differences regarding utility incentive structures (buy-down incentives, performance based incentives, feed-in tariffs, etc.), utility policies (net metering, interconnection requirements), regulatory structures, and permitting requirements. They might also have uncertainty about how to assess the different ownership structures (PPA, lease, own, etc.). The Solar Decision Guide can help companies navigate this complex environment to determine if investing in solar makes financial sense and to identify the regions that offer the most promising returns on solar investment.

  17. A Decision Support System for Optimum Use of Fertilizers

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    Hoskinson, Reed Louis; Hess, John Richard; Fink, Raymond Keith

    1999-07-01

    The Decision Support System for Agriculture (DSS4Ag) is an expert system being developed by the Site-Specific Technologies for Agriculture (SST4Ag) precision farming research project at the INEEL. DSS4Ag uses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and computer science technologies to make spatially variable, site-specific, economically optimum decisions on fertilizer use. The DSS4Ag has an open architecture that allows for external input and addition of new requirements and integrates its results with existing agricultural systems’ infrastructures. The DSS4Ag reflects a paradigm shift in the information revolution in agriculture that is precision farming. We depict this information revolution in agriculture as an historic trend in the agricultural decision-making process.

  18. Decision Support Systems Marek J. Druzdzel and Roger R. Flynn

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    Druzdzel, Marek J.

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Summary 12 2 #12;Introduction Making decisions concerning complex systems (e.g., the management units; or the control of nuclear power plants) often strains our cognitive capabilities. Even though used as a synonym for DSS is knowledge-based systems, which refers to their attempt to formalize domain

  19. school of computing, informatics, and decision systems engineering

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    with a growing focus on health informatics, urban services and global logistics is also attracting new students combined strengths in computing, modeling and decision making; new levels of energy and activity to an investment from the university, we were able to acquire 9,000 square feet of space in our building

  20. SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION ENERGY PATHWAYS A Research Summary for Decision Makers

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    California at Davis, University of

    SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION ENERGY PATHWAYS A Research Summary for Decision Makers Edited by Joan their feedstocks displaces food crops. #12;298 SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION ENERGY PATHWAYS CONCLUSION: KEY FINDINGS. · Biofuels can make limited but significant contributions to a sustainable transportation energy supply

  1. Water Research Foundation Project 4090 Decision Support System

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    Keller, Arturo A.

    is to develop an energy management Decision Support System (DSS) to help water utilities make better and more Continents #12;Project Background > Energy is in embodied in every facet of utility operations, management, and planning > Climate change associated with greenhouse gas emissions have a substantial impact

  2. Joint production and economic retention quantity decisions in capacitated production systems serving multiple market segments 

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    Katariya, Abhilasha Prakash

    2009-05-15

    In this research, we consider production/inventory management decisions of a rmthat sells its product in two market segments during a nite planning horizon. In thebeginning of each period, the rm makes a decision on how much to produce basedon...

  3. Preservation Decisions: Terms and Conditions Apply Challenges, Misperceptions and Lessons Learned in Preservation Planning

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    , Management, Measurement, Performance 1. INTRODUCTION Decision making in digital preservation is a delicate is-depth knowledge of operational details. At the core of digital preservation is the question of infor- mationPreservation Decisions: Terms and Conditions Apply Challenges, Misperceptions and Lessons Learned

  4. When Do Their Casualties Count? Exploring Wartime Decisions that Pit Security Against Harm 

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    Roblyer, Dwight Andrew

    2011-02-22

    This dissertation offers a new understanding about wartime decision making in the face of likely, but unintended, harm to foreign civilians. It empirically identifies conditions under which leaders in democratic nations ...

  5. Adaptive Planning for Markov Decision Processes with Uncertain Transition Models via Incremental Feature Dependency Discovery

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    Geramifard, Alborz

    Solving large scale sequential decision making problems without prior knowledge of the state transition model is a key problem in the planning literature. One approach to tackle this problem is to learn the state transition ...

  6. From data to decisions through new interfaces between optimization and statistics

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    Kallus, Nathan

    2015-01-01

    The growing availability of data is creating opportunities for making better decisions, but in many circumstances it is yet unknown how to correctly leverage this data in systematic and optimal ways. In this thesis, we ...

  7. Practical reinforcement learning using representation learning and safe exploration for large scale Markov decision processes

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    Geramifard, Alborz, 1980-

    2012-01-01

    While creating intelligent agents who can solve stochastic sequential decision making problems through interacting with the environment is the promise of Reinforcement Learning (RL), scaling existing RL methods to realistic ...

  8. Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: Intersections between memory and decisions

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    Szpunar, Karl K.

    Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: Intersections between memory: Available online xxxx Keywords: Episodic memory Episodic future thinking Episodic counterfactual thinking into the relationship between memory and decision making. One line of research concerns episodic future thinking, which

  9. Dynamic diagnostic and decision procedures under uncertainty

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    Baranov, V.V.

    1995-01-01

    In this paper, we consider uncertainty that arises when the true state x {element_of} E is not accessible to direct observation and remains unknown. Instead, we observe some features {theta} {element_of} {Theta} that carry a certain information about the true state. This information is described by the conditional distribution P({Theta}{vert_bar}E), which we call the linkage distribution. Regarding this distribution we assume that it exists but is unknown. This leads to uncertainty with respect to states from E and the linkage distribution P({Theta}{vert_bar}E), which we denote by NEP. The substantive problem can be stated as follows: from observations of the features {theta}{element_of}{Theta} made at each time instant n = 1,2,...,recognize the state x {element_of} E, identify the linkage distribution P, and use the results of recognition and identification to choose a decision y {element_of} Y so that the decision process is optimal in some sense. State recognition is the subject of diagnostics. The uncertainty NEP thus generates a problem of diagnostics and dynamic decision making.

  10. Quantification of margins and uncertainty for risk-informed decision analysis.

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    Alvin, Kenneth Fredrick

    2010-09-01

    QMU stands for 'Quantification of Margins and Uncertainties'. QMU is a basic framework for consistency in integrating simulation, data, and/or subject matter expertise to provide input into a risk-informed decision-making process. QMU is being applied to a wide range of NNSA stockpile issues, from performance to safety. The implementation of QMU varies with lab and application focus. The Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program develops validated computational simulation tools to be applied in the context of QMU. QMU provides input into a risk-informed decision making process. The completeness aspect of QMU can benefit from the structured methodology and discipline of quantitative risk assessment (QRA)/probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). In characterizing uncertainties it is important to pay attention to the distinction between those arising from incomplete knowledge ('epistemic' or systematic), and those arising from device-to-device variation ('aleatory' or random). The national security labs should investigate the utility of a probability of frequency (PoF) approach in presenting uncertainties in the stockpile. A QMU methodology is connected if the interactions between failure modes are included. The design labs should continue to focus attention on quantifying uncertainties that arise from epistemic uncertainties such as poorly-modeled phenomena, numerical errors, coding errors, and systematic uncertainties in experiment. The NNSA and design labs should ensure that the certification plan for any RRW is supported by strong, timely peer review and by an ongoing, transparent QMU-based documentation and analysis in order to permit a confidence level necessary for eventual certification.

  11. Latent effects decision analysis

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Cooper, J. Arlin (Albuquerque, NM); Werner, Paul W. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2004-08-24

    Latent effects on a system are broken down into components ranging from those far removed in time from the system under study (latent) to those which closely effect changes in the system. Each component is provided with weighted inputs either by a user or from outputs of other components. A non-linear mathematical process known as `soft aggregation` is performed on the inputs to each component to provide information relating to the component. This information is combined in decreasing order of latency to the system to provide a quantifiable measure of an attribute of a system (e.g., safety) or to test hypotheses (e.g., for forensic deduction or decisions about various system design options).

  12. Method for making nanomaterials

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Fan, Hongyou; Wu, Huimeng

    2013-06-04

    A method of making a nanostructure by preparing a face centered cubic-ordered metal nanoparticle film from metal nanoparticles, such as gold and silver nanoparticles, exerting a hydrostatic pressure upon the film at pressures of several gigapascals, followed by applying a non-hydrostatic stress perpendicularly at a pressure greater than approximately 10 GPA to form an array of nanowires with individual nanowires having a relatively uniform length, average diameter and density.

  13. Making IGCC slag valuable

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    Wicker, K.

    2005-12-01

    All indications are that integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) technology will play a major role in tomorrow's generation industry. But before it does, some by-products of the process must be dealt with, for example unburned carbon that can make IGCC slag worthless. Charah Inc.'s processing system, used at Tampa Electric's Polk Station for years, segregates the slag's constituents by size, producing fuel and building materials. 3 figs.

  14. Alternative D and D Planning Tool - 12466

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    Starling, D.A.; Schubert, A.L.; Bergener, T.W. [URS - CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, P.O. Box 4699, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-7293 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    On August 1, 2011, URS - CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) began cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP). UCOR's $2.2 billion contract has an initial five-year term and a four-year option period for completing the cleanup of ETTP and performing surveillance and maintenance and waste management operations at both the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex. ETTP D and D work includes disposition of large, complex, contaminated, Manhattan Project-era facilities such as the K-25 and K-27 uranium enrichment facilities. At ETTP, UCOR views the D and D process as a 'Waste Factory' with waste production lines from the point-of-generation to the point-of-disposal. Safely transforming vertically-standing buildings into horizontally-lying waste in a disposal facility is the primary cleanup objective. Whereas a factory produces widgets, D and D produces waste-lots of waste. In support of the Waste Factory view, UCOR is developing a systems planning tool to help better plan how to effect cleanup by improving waste planning, uniting waste generator with waste dis-positioner, and represent the 'waste factory' in a computer model that allows the D and D and waste management teams to better understand available disposal paths, waste uncertainties and potential consequences, driving variables, and sensitivity to changes. Any model of reality represents a compromise. Part of the Waste Factory Model's value may be in providing standardization and relative direction for assisting decision making as opposed to absolute cost or schedule answers. From that relative direction, management can commission detailed planning and estimating. Also, the model's output credibility is tied directly to its input quality. That is why, as discussed above, the Waste Factory Model's key informational component will be the standardized waste streams (e.g., Structure/Debris disposed at EMWMF) and associated standardized unit costs. The model development process generally, and the development team's collaboration, specifically, is most important. Building-in this integrity up-front, transparently, will help ensure that the model outputs are known, understood, and credible (no mysterious 'black-box' components). The Waste Factory Model is envisioned to help improve understanding of a given project's waste implications; help reveal and suggest the important few variables out of the trivial many; reveal likely process bottlenecks, and help focus risk mitigation and assumption management efforts to better manage the projected total cost. In the long term, the UCOR team's goal is to incorporate an information feedback loop to help improve the accuracy of key model attributes, such as the standardized cost information. This way, by design, the model output should improve over time and thus help the model mature into both a credible scenario tool and a standardized project planning resource. The initial model capabilities may be narrow, but with time and effort it may prove to be a timely and cost-effective tool. (authors)

  15. Wireline system for multiple direct push tool usage

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Bratton, Wesley L.; Farrington, Stephen P.; Shinn, II, James D.; Nolet, Darren C.

    2003-11-11

    A tool latching and retrieval system allows the deployment and retrieval of a variety of direct push subsurface characterization tools through an embedded rod string during a single penetration without requiring withdrawal of the string from the ground. This enables the in situ interchange of different tools, as well as the rapid retrieval of soil core samples from multiple depths during a single direct push penetration. The system includes specialized rods that make up the rod string, a tool housing which is integral to the rod string, a lock assembly, and several tools which mate to the lock assembly.

  16. Advanced Quality Tools for eGovernment Services Antonio Candiello

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    Cortesi, Tino

    . Both tools are Java-based, make use of open source libraries and native XML-dbms and are exposed, quality assurance, quality management, total quality, shows a long and successful history, started

  17. An object-oriented approach to site characterization decision support

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    Johnson, R.

    1995-06-01

    Effective decision support for site characterization is key to determining the nature and extent of contamination and the associated human and environmental risks. Site characterization data, however, present particular problems to technical analysts and decision-makers. Such data are four dimensional, incorporating temporal and spatial components. Their sheer volume can be daunting -- sites with hundreds of monitoring wells and thousands of samples sent for laboratory analyses are not uncommon. Data are derived from a variety of sources including laboratory analyses, non-intrusive geophysical surveys, historical information, bore logs, in-field estimates of key physical parameters such as aquifer transmissivity, soil moisture content, depth-to-water table, etc. Ultimately, decisions have to be made based on data that are always incomplete, often confusing, inaccurate, or inappropriate, and occasionally wrong. In response to this challenge, two approaches to environmental decision support have arisen, Data Quality Objectives (DQOS) and the Observational Approach (OA). DQOs establish criteria for data collection by clearly defining the decisions that need to be made, the uncertainty that can be tolerated, and the type and amount of data that needs to be collected to satisfy the uncertainty requirements. In practice, DQOs are typically based on statistical measures. The OA accepts the fact that the process of characterizing and remediating contaminated sites is always uncertain. Decision-making with the OA is based on what is known about a site, with contingencies developed for potential future deviations from the original assumptions about contamination nature, extent, and risks posed.

  18. Machine tool locator

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Hanlon, John A. (Los Alamos, NM); Gill, Timothy J. (Stanley, NM)

    2001-01-01

    Machine tools can be accurately measured and positioned on manufacturing machines within very small tolerances by use of an autocollimator on a 3-axis mount on a manufacturing machine and positioned so as to focus on a reference tooling ball or a machine tool, a digital camera connected to the viewing end of the autocollimator, and a marker and measure generator for receiving digital images from the camera, then displaying or measuring distances between the projection reticle and the reference reticle on the monitoring screen, and relating the distances to the actual position of the autocollimator relative to the reference tooling ball. The images and measurements are used to set the position of the machine tool and to measure the size and shape of the machine tool tip, and examine cutting edge wear. patent

  19. Make aromatics from LPG

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    Doolan, P.C. ); Pujado, P.R. )

    1989-09-01

    Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consists mainly of the propane and butane fraction recovered from gas fields, associated petroleum gas and refinery operations. Apart from its use in steam cracking and stream reforming, LPG has few petrochemical applications. The relative abundance of LPG and the strong demand for aromatics - benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) - make it economically attractive to produce aromatics via the aromatization of propane and butanes. This paper describes the Cyclar process, which is based on a catalyst formulation developed by BP and which uses UOP's CCR catalyst regeneration technology, converts propane, butanes or mixtures thereof to petrochemical-quality aromatics in a single step.

  20. Ribbon cutting makes history

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration wouldMassR&D100Nationalquestionnaires 0serialIndustrial ConsumptionRibbon cutting makes