Special Talk Prof. Pascale Zarate

Pascale Zaraté is a Professor at Toulouse 1 Capitole University. She conducts her researches at the IRIT laboratory (http://www.irit.fr). She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences / Decision Support from the LAMSADE laboratory at the Paris Dauphine University, Paris (1991). She also holds a Master degree in Computer Science from the Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France (1986); as well as a Bachelors degree Toulouse, France (1982). Pascale Zaraté’s current research interests include: Decision Support Systems; distributed and asynchronous decision making processes; knowledge modelisation; cooperative knowledge based systems; cooperative decision making. She is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Decision Support Systems Technologies (Ed IGI Global). Since 2000, she is head of the Euro Working Group on DSS (www.euro-online.org).
She published several studies and works 1 book, edited 2 books, edited 11 special issues in several international journals, 2 proceedings of international conferences, 22 papers in several international journals, 2 papers in national journals, 5 chapters in collective books, 26 papers in international conferences.

Title: Cooperative Decision Support Systems


Decision Support Systems are designed in order to support decision makers in organisations. This support is strictly linked to an improvement of the efficiency of the made decisions rather than the effectiveness. The decision making process is then seen as an interaction between the man and the machine and the automation of this kind of process is not feasible. We show in this work how the introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) changed the decision making processes in organisations. The decisional context evolves from a mono decision maker to multi decision makers, each of them having to interact and to cooperate with the others. Based on this hypothesis we studied this new decision making processes: multi actors working in asynchronous and distributed situations. These processes are then defined as cooperative. We then show how the Decision Support Systems are not adapted to these new needs and we make the proposal of a new kind of framework called Cooperative Decision Support Systems able to support these processes of decision making. This framework is based on the proposed architecture by Sprague and Carlsson.

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