Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty Holds Fourth Annual Workshop at World Bank

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The Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty — a multi-disciplinary association of professionals working to improve processes, methods, and tools for decision making under deep uncertainty (DMDU) — held its fourth annual workshop on November 15-17 at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. While the Society’s mission includes a unique focus on developing, disseminating, and using new approaches, this year’s workshop centered on identifying solutions to critical problems associated with the complex and varied challenges in developing and applying DMDU methods. Over 100 professionals from around the world were in attendance.

Kicking-off the workshop, Steven Popper led a DMDU Methods Training Day, which included an interactive exercise about the meaning of deep uncertainty and what it means in practice, as well as a framework for DMDU methods, and introductory demos and application. Robert Lempert co-chaired a workshop session and panel discussion on Deep Uncertainty and the Long-Term: Time, the Policy Challenge and Enablers for Policy Persistence, along with Judy Lawrence of the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Jordan Fischbach also chaired a session and panel discussion on Balancing Decision-making Needs Under Deep Uncertainty with Effective, High-Quality Integrated Systems Modeling during which Debra Knopman participated as a session panelist.

The Society was established in December 2015 to help decision makers identify and evaluate robust and adaptive strategies that inform sound decisions in the face of deep uncertainty. Robert Lempert currently serves as the Society’s president. Steven Popper and Andrea Golay also hold offices on the Society’s leadership team, and Nidhi Kalra served as a member of this year’s Annual Workshop Committee.