Professional Education Series

 CREATE Professional Development Program

Professional Education Course: Foundations of Decision Analysis for Homeland Security

Dr. Ali E. Abbas is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering  and  Public  Policy  at  the  University  of  Southern  California.  Dr. Abbas earned his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University with a minor in Electrical Engineering. The recipient of multiple awards from the National Science Foundation for his work, Dr. Abbas’ research focuses on decision analysis, risk analysis, multi-attribute utility theory, and data-based decision making. He is widely published in books, journals, and conference publications, and has shared his expertise through television appearances, TEDx and other invited talks.

Course Description:

This 2.5-day course will present the basic foundations of decision making under uncertainty for homeland security applications. The course will illustrate the benefits of using a sound decision making system built on the axioms of rational thought and the good practices that may induce quality decision making in large enterprises. The course will discuss cognitive and motivational biases in decision making; probability encoding and expert elicitation for decision analysis. The course will also introduce the elements of decision quality; the difference between direct and indirect values, framing a decision, and the notion of building a unity of effort decision culture.

Intended Audience:

Senior leadership interested in learning about good decision making practices for homeland security applications.

Objectives: Participants will

  • Develop the skills necessary for quality decision-making in the face of uncertainty
  • Understand fundamental distinctions in decision-making including decisions vs outcomes; the frame of adecision, and elements of its quality
  • Learn common decision traps and the cognitive and motivational biases in decision making
  • Determine the implications of having a unity of effort decision culture

Date:                      April 20, 21, 22,  2015

Time:                     8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (EST)

Location:              DHS HQ Training Center: 90 K Street NE, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20002