João Carlos Namorado Clímaco

João Carlos Namorado Clímaco is a researcher and Member of Conselho Geral of INESC-Coimbra. Prof. Clímaco will be the key speaker for the RED-M event in CLAIO 2016.

João Carlos Namorado Clímaco is a researcher and Member of Conselho Geral of INESC-Coimbra. He is a retired Full Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra. During the last decades he has visited many universities in Europe and Brazil. Recently, he has been Special Invited Researcher (PVE) of the Brazilian Scientific Program – Science Without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras), at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He obtained a Master of Science Degree in “Control Systems” at the Imperial College of Science and Technology “, University of London (1978); the “Diploma of Membership of the Imperial College of Science and Technology” (1978); the Ph.D. in Optimization and Systems Theory, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra (1982); and the title of “Agregação” at the University of Coimbra (1989). He was awarded the “Conference Chairman Award”, International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making-1995”; Grande Oficial da Ordem do Rio Branco, Brazil, by the President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 1996; and the “Georg Cantor Award”, International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, 2013. He is Past Vice-President of ALIO- Latin Ibero American OR Association, Past Vice-President of the Portuguese OR Society, Past Member of the International Executive Committee of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, and member of the IFIP-WG 8.3-Decision Support Systems. He belongs to the Editorial Board of “Group Decision and Negotiation”, “International Transactions in Operational Research”, “International Journal of Decision Support Systems” and Scientific World Journal – Operations Research Stream. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the University of Coimbra Press. His current interests of research are related to Multi-Criteria Decision Aiding methodology, software and applications to telecommunication systems and sustainability issues. He is author of more than 200 papers.

Multi-­Criteria Analysis in Sustainability Assessment

The concept of sustainability development is still arguable. However, the major idea was established by the famous Brundtland Report characterizing it as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Nowadays, sustainability is a multidimensional subject, involving social, economical and environmental conflicting issues and several actors. So, Multi-­‐Criteria Analysis is an adequate tool for Sustainability Assessment. In the first part of this talk we make a critical state of the art review of this area. In the second part of the talk we discuss the characteristics of the most appropriate multi-­‐criteria approaches to deal with these complex and involving deep uncertainty problems. It will be argued that learning oriented tools enabling to deal with incomplete information are the most appropriate. A methodological discussion on some specific decision support tools based on our research will be carried out and hints on further developments are presented. Some Brazilian case studies carried out in collaboration with a  team of SAGE/UFRJ will be used to illustrate our points of view.