A Scientific Approach to Everyday Decision

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 17:30
TH 331
Jozo Dujmovic

Methods for professional evaluation, comparison, and selection of complex systems are used for making important and expensive decisions. Examples of such decisions are the selection of optimum location for a new airport, comparison and selection of complex computer networks, selection of military equipment, comparison of complex software systems, etc. Methods for professional decision-making are usually based on sophisticated mathematical models and specialized software tools. However, such methods are always consistent with the intuitive process on human decision-making and represent its ultimate refinement and enhancement.

In this presentation our goal is to show how to simplify professional system evaluation methods to make them suitable for personal decision-making, such as comparison and selection of jobs, homes, cars, and making other similar decisions that are important for individuals and families. We will present a simplified quantitative evaluation method and practical examples of its use for comparison and selection of consumer goods and services.


Jozo Dujmović was born in Dubrovnik and received his BSEE, MS, and Sc.D. from the University of Belgrade . He is Professor of Computer Science and former Chair of Computer Science Department at San Francisco State University . His teaching and research activities are in the areas of software metrics, decision analysis, and computer performance evaluation. He is the author of more than 120 refereed publications, recipient of three best paper awards, and a Senior Member of IEEE. He served as General Chair of IEEE MASCOTS 2000 and as General Chair of ACM WOSP 2004.

Before his current position at San Francisco State University , Dr. Dujmović was Professor of Computer Science at the University of Belgrade , University of Florida ( Gainesville ), University of Texas ( Dallas ), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he was teaching in the graduate Computer Science programs at the National Universities of San Luis and Jujuy (both in Argentina ). At the University of Belgrade , he served as Chairman of Computer Science Department, and as founding Director of the Belgrade University Computing Center . His industrial experience includes work in the Institute “M. Pupin” in Belgrade , and consulting in the areas of decision methods, performance evaluation, and software design.