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Title: Integration of rationale management with multi-criteria decision analysis, probabilistic forecasting and semantics : application to the UK energy sector
Author: Hunt, Julian David
ISNI:       0000 0004 2746 6118
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis presents a new integrated tool and decision support framework to approach complex problems resulting from the interaction of many multi-criteria issues. The framework is embedded in an integrated tool called OUTDO (Oxford University Tool for Decision Organisation). OUTDO integrates Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), decision rationale management with a modified Issue-Based Information Systems (IBIS) representation, and probabilistic forecasting to effectively capture the essential reasons why decisions are made and to dynamically re-use the rationale. In doing so, it allows exploration of how changes in external parameters affect complicated and uncertain decision making processes in the present and in the future. Once the decision maker constructs his or her own decision process, OUTDO checks if the decision process is consistent and coherent and looks for possible ways to improve it using three new semantic-based decision support approaches. For this reason, two ontologies (the Decision Ontology and the Energy Ontology) were integrated into OUTDO to provide it with these semantic capabilities. The Decision Ontology keeps a record of the decision rationale extracted from OUTDO and the Energy Ontology describes the energy generation domain, focusing on the water requirement in thermoelectric power plants. A case study, with the objective of recommending electricity generation and steam condensation technologies for ten different regions in the UK, is used to verify OUTDO’s features and reach conclusions about the overall work.
Supervisor: Bañares-Alcántara, René Sponsor: Leventis Foundation
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Environment ; Game theory,economics,social and behavioral sciences (mathematics) ; Functions of a complex variable ; Probability theory and stochastic processes ; Logic ; Cognition ; Probability ; Applications and algorithms ; Software engineering ; Game semantics ; Program development and tools ; Engineering & allied sciences ; Chemical and process engineering ; Information engineering ; decision support systems ; energy and water ; probabilistic forecasting ; semantics ; decision ontology ; energy ontology