Professor Francisco Chiclana

Job: Professor of Computational Intelligence and Decision Making

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Computer Science and Informatics

Research group(s): Center for Computational Intelligence (CCI)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 207 8413

E: chiclana@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.tech.dmu.ac.uk/~chiclana/

 

Personal profile

Professor Francisco Chiclana received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, both from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1989 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Computational Intelligence and Decision Making, and founder of DIGITS - De Montfort University Interdisciplinary Group in Intelligent Transport Systems, Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University (Leicester, UK). 

Professor Francisco Chiclana was the Coordinator of DMU submission for REF 2014 UOA 11: Computer Science and Informatics. 

Professor Chiclana has been Deputy Course Leader of the MScs in Computing, Information Technology, and Information Systems Management; Programme Tutor Years 1 and 2 of the BSc/HND/FD Business Information Technology. In 2013, Professor Chiclana co-developed the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Intelligent Systems (IS) that he presently co-leads. Currently, he is Course Leader of BSc/MCOMP in Intelligent Systems (IS) and of MSc IS/ IS & Robotics (ISR).

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs

  • Towards a Software Tool for General Meal Optimisation
    Towards a Software Tool for General Meal Optimisation Izzard, James; Caraffini, Fabio; Chiclana, Francisco The following work presents a software solution capable of designing general meal plans which approach an optimal match of nutritional characteristics submitted by the user. A thorough review of existing literature indicates the absence of a software solution to this problem in its most general form. Existing solutions tend to address particular forms of the problem in specific contexts, for example, optimising culturally typical diets in response to specific medical conditions. Conversely, this work focuses on developing a nutritional software model with sufficient flexibility to be described as general, paired with a simple, specifically designed optimisation algorithm for working with the proposed prototype system. The resulting software tool can express the following characteristics: arbitrary nutritional content; economic characteristics; binary food-type classifications (e.g. vegetarian); and, because of the optimisation framework, can capture goals for any number of meals; meal composition (combinations of recipes for a given meal at a particular time); a maximum economic cost per meal; and nutritional content within each meal. The work outlines a prototype user interface to enable nutritional data and user goals to be entered and validated. Finally, based on ten specific test problems containing varied dietary goals, a basic algorithm tuning approach is described. The results suggest that the proposed prototype system can address the general meal optimisation problem. There is a discussion of several future developments to improve system capabilities and usability further. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Izzard, J., Caraffini, F. and Chiclana, F. (2022). Towards a software tool for general meal optimisation. Applied Intelligence,
  • Social Influence in Fuzzy Group Decision Making with Applications
    Social Influence in Fuzzy Group Decision Making with Applications Abu Bakar Sedek, Amirah Nabilah Sedek; Kamis, Nor Hanimah; Kadir, Norhidayah A; Mohamad, Daud; Chiclana, Francisco Group decision making (GDM) is a process of evaluating multi-expert preferences towards criteria or alternatives in order to solve problems in daily life. The previous GDM models often neglected the discussion on experts’ relationships and interactions between them. The incorporation of Social Network Analysis (SNA) in decision making context provides measurement of experts’ relations and interactions in the group. The experts normally have different background, status, position, level of knowledge, expertise, experience etc., in which the group decision might be changed or influenced. The influence notion in Social Influence Network (SIN) plays an important role in defining the influence element in decision making perspective. This new area of study is known as Social Influence Group Decision Making (SIGDM). This paper proposed the framework of the similarity-influence network based fuzzy group decision making model. The influence measure is utilized to identify the most influential expert in the network. For the purpose of aggregating all individual expert preferences into a collective one, the influence-based aggregation operator is used. This paper discusses on the possible applications and future works related to the SIGDM. Abu Bakar Sedek, A., Kamis, N., Kadir, N., Mohamad, D. and Chiclana, F. (2022) Social Influence in Fuzzy Group Decision Making with Applications. In: Kahraman, C., Tolga, A.C., Cevik Onar, S., Cebi, S., Oztaysi, B., Sari, I.U. (eds) Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. INFUS 2022. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, 505 pp. 272–279
  • Special issue on Soft Computing based Intelligent Decision Making Systems for Dynamic Frameworks with Real-world Application
    Special issue on Soft Computing based Intelligent Decision Making Systems for Dynamic Frameworks with Real-world Application Herrera-Viedma, Enrique; Chiclana, Francisco; Dong, Yucheng; Peng, Yi; Xu, Yejun; Cabrerizo, Francisco Javier Herrera-Viedma, E., Chiclana, F., Dong, Y., Peng, Y., Xu, Y. and Cabrerizo, F.J. (2022) Special issue on Soft Computing based Intelligent Decision Making Systems for Dynamic Frameworks with Real-world Application. Applied Soft Computing, 123, 109059
  • Theorem Verification of the Quantifier-Guided Dominance Degree with the Mean Operator for Additive Preference Relations
    Theorem Verification of the Quantifier-Guided Dominance Degree with the Mean Operator for Additive Preference Relations Trillo, Jose Ramon; Cabrerizo, Francisco Javier; Chiclana, Francisco; Martinez, Maria Angeles; Mata, Francisco; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique Deciding which film is the best or which portfolio is the best for investment are examples of decisions made by people every day. Decision-making systems aim to help people make such choices. In general, a decision-making system processes and analyses the available information to arrive at the best alternative solution of the problem of interest. In the preference modelling framework, decision-making systems select the best alternative(s) by maximising a score or choice function defined by the decision makers’ expressed preferences on the set of feasible alternatives. Nevertheless, decision-making systems may have logical errors that cannot be appreciated by developers. The main contribution of this paper is the provision of a verification theorem of the score function based on the quantifier-guided dominance degree (QGDD) with the mean operator in the context of additive preference relations. The provided theorem has several benefits because it can be applied to verify that the result obtained is correct and that there are no problems in the programming of the corresponding decision-making systems, thus improving their reliability. Moreover, this theorem acts on different parts of such systems, since not only does the theorem verify that the order of alternatives is correct, but it also verifies that the creation of the global preference relation is correct. open access article Trillo, J.R., Cabrerizo, F.J., Chiclana, F., Martínez, M. A., Mata, F. and Herrera-Viedma, E. (2022) Theorem Verification of the Quantifier-Guided Dominance Degree with the Mean Operator for Additive Preference Relations. Mathematics, 10 (12), 2035
  • A decentralized feedback mechanism with compromise behavior for large-scale group decision making with application in smart logistics supplier selection
    A decentralized feedback mechanism with compromise behavior for large-scale group decision making with application in smart logistics supplier selection Gai, Tiantian; Cao, Mingshuo; Chiclana, Francisco; Wu, Jian; Liang, Changyong; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique This paper proposes a decentralized feedback mechanism to help large-scale decision makers (DMs) reach consensus considering the limited compromise behavior of subgroups. First, a novel decentralized opinion interaction mechanism is designed to identify the most inconsistent subgroups pair in the group and make them interact with each other. Then it is different from the centralized interaction mechanism, which adopts the aggregation of the opinions of other subgroups. The former is suitable for situations with low initial consensus level while the later is for high consensus level. Secondly, the compromise behavior of subgroups in the feedback process is explored, and then the concept of ‘compromise threshold’ (CT) is defined to analyze the limited compromise behavior of subgroups. Finally, an illustrative example regarding the smart logistics supplier selection (SLEC) is described to demonstrate the effectiveness and advantages of the proposed mechanism. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Gai, T., Cao, M., Chiclana, F., Wu, J., Liang, C. and Herrera Viedma, E. (2022) A decentralized feedback mechanism with compromise behavior for large-scale group decision making with application in smart logistics supplier selection. Expert Systems With Applications. 204, 117547
  • Measuring Consensus in Group Decision-Making Problems through an inequality measure
    Measuring Consensus in Group Decision-Making Problems through an inequality measure Tapia Garcia, Juan Miguel; Chiclana, Francisco; Del Moral Avila, Maria Jose; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique Gini index, a measure of statistical dispersion intending to represent inequality within a group, used mainly in economics, becomes in this paper a tool to introduce a new index to measure the level of consensus in Group Decision Making problems. An empirical study reveals that the levels of consensus obtained by this index are similar to those derived through the use of a distance function when fuzzy preference relations are considered. The results obtained suggest that this new index can be satisfactorily used to measure the degree of consensus in this framework. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Tapia Garcia, J.M., Chiclana, F., Del Moral Avila, M.J. and Herrera-Viedma, E. (2022) Measuring Consensus in Group Decision-Making Problems through an inequality measure. In: Proceeding of the International International Conference on Computers Communications and Control, ICCCC 2022, May 16-20, Agora University of Oradea, Romania
  • Some Trends in Fuzzy Decision Making
    Some Trends in Fuzzy Decision Making Trillo, José Ramón; Cabrerizo, Francisco Javier; Chiclana, Francisco; Martínez, María Ángeles; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique Decision making is a line of research that has been consolidating since its beginnings in the 1960s. The aim of this paper is to show the evolution and future challenges of this line of research, focusing especially on its evaluation and information methods. For this purpose, some issues and trends of the fuzzy decision system are presented. By doing so, it is possible to show which trend fuzzy decision systems will follow and the challenges that may arise. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Trillo, J.R., Cabrerizo, F.J., Chiclana, F., Martínez, M.A., Herrera-Viedma, E. (2022) Some Trends in Fuzzy Decision Making. In: Proceeding of the International International Conference on Computers Communications and Control, ICCCC 2022, May 16-20, Agora University of Oradea, Romania
  • A Trust Risk Dynamic Management Mechanism Based on Third-party Monitoring for The Conflict Eliminating Process of Social Network Group Decision Making
    A Trust Risk Dynamic Management Mechanism Based on Third-party Monitoring for The Conflict Eliminating Process of Social Network Group Decision Making Li, Mengqi; Xu, Yejun; Liu, Xia; Chiclana, Francisco; Herrera, Francisco Every decision may involve risks. Real-world risk issues are usually supervised by third parties. Decision-making may be affected by the absence of sufficient or reasonable trust or to the opposite, an unconditional, excessive, or blind trust, which is called trust risks. Conflict eliminating process (CEP) aims to facilitate satisfactory consensus by decision makers (DMs) through continuous reconciliation between their opinion differences on the subject matter. This paper addresses trust risks in CEP of social network group decision making (SNGDM) through third-party monitoring. A trust risk analysis-based conflict-eliminating model for SNGDM is developed. It is assumed that a third-party agency monitors the DMs’ credibility and performance, which is recorded in an objective evaluation matrix and multi-attribute trust assessment matrix (MTAM). A trust risk measurement methodology is proposed to classify the DMs’ different trust risk types and to measure the trust risk index (TRI) of a group of DMs. When TRI is unacceptable, a trust risk management mechanism that controls TRI is activated. Different management policies are applicable to DMs’ different trust risk types. There are two main methods: 1) dynamically update the MTAM based on DMs’ performance, and 2) provide suggestions for modifying the DM’s information with high TRI. Besides, as part of the integrated CEP, this model includes an optimization approach to dynamically derive DMs’ reliable aggregation weights from their MTAM. Simulation experiments and an illustrative example support the feasibility and validity of the proposed model for managing trust risks in CEP of SNGDM. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Mengqi Li, Yejun Xu, Xia Liu, Francisco Chiclana, and Francisco Herrera (2022). A Trust Risk Dynamic Management Mechanism Based on Third-party Monitoring for The Conflict Eliminating Process of Social Network Group Decision Making. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics,
  • Consensus Reaching with Minimum Cost of Informed Individuals and Time Constraints in Group Decision Making
    Consensus Reaching with Minimum Cost of Informed Individuals and Time Constraints in Group Decision Making Liang, Haiming; Kou, Gang; Dong, Yucheng; Chiclana, Francisco; Herrera-Viedma, Enrique Consensus reaching process (CRP) is important and present in a wide range of application areas. In practical CRP, the managers (e.g., enterprise) often hire some informed individuals (e.g., persuaders) to promote the efficiency of consensus reaching. This paper proposes a CRP with minimum cost of informed individuals and time constraint in large-scale group decision making (LSGDM) with bounded confidence effects. The consensus model with bounded confidence effects (CBC model) is formulated. Then, desirable properties of the CBC model are discussed to facilitate its resolution. Next, an extended Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm is designed to solve the CBC model. Finally, a numerical analysis, a comparison analysis and a simulation analysis are provided to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed approach. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Liang, H., Kou, G., Dong, Y., Chiclana, F. and Herrera-Viedma, E. (2022) Consensus Reaching with Minimum Cost of Informed Individuals and Time Constraints in Group Decision Making. IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems,
  • A new integrated multi-attribute decision-making approach for mobile medical app evaluation under q-rung orthopair fuzzy environment
    A new integrated multi-attribute decision-making approach for mobile medical app evaluation under q-rung orthopair fuzzy environment Tang, Guolin; Yang, Yongxuan; Gu, Xiaowei; Chiclana, Francisco; Liu, Peide Mobile medical app evaluation can be modelled as a multi-attribute decision-making (MADM) problem with multiple assessment attributes. Due to the increasing complexity and high uncertainty of decision environments, numerical numbers and/or traditional fuzzy sets may not be appropriate to model attribute information of mobile medical apps. In addition, heterogeneous relationships are often observed among different attributes in various practical decision situations. To deal with these issues, a q-rung orthopair fuzzy (q-ROF) MADM approach, which is a very powerful tool for describing vague information occurring in real decision circumstances, is proposed to handle decision-making problems in medical app evaluation. In particular, q-rung orthopair fuzzy numbers (q-ROFNs) are first applied to better express the preference information and expert assessment information. Then, q-ROFNs are extended by combining with Zhenyuan integral, resulting in the q-ROF Zhenyuan integral (q-ROFZI). This integral can capture complementary, redundant and/or independent characteristics among the attributes and is superior to existing operators on q-ROFNs. Next, based on the best-worst method (BWM) and Shapley value, two optimization models are constructed to objectively identify optimal fuzzy measures on the attribute set. Finally, a novel integrated q-ROF MADM approach is proposed and its computation procedure is presented and illustrated with its application to the problem of mobile medical app evaluation. A comparative analysis is carried out to demonstrate the validity, rationality, robustness and superiority of the developed method. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. Tang, G., Yang, Y., Gu, X., Chiclana, F. and Liu, P. (2022) A new integrated multi-attribute decision-making approach for mobile medical app evaluation under q-rung orthopair fuzzy environment. Expert Systems With Applications, 200, 117034


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Key research outputs

F. Chiclana, E. Herrera-Viedma, S. Alonso, F. Herrera: Cardinal Consistency of Reciprocal Preference Relations: A Characterization of Multiplicative Transitivity. IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems 17 (1), 14-23, February 2009. doi:10.1109/TFUZZ.2008.928597

S. -M. Zhou, F. Chiclana, R. I. John, J. M. Garibaldi: Type-1 OWA Operators for Aggregating Uncertain Information with Uncertain Weights Induced by Type-2 Linguistic Quantifiers. Fuzzy Sets and Systems 159 (24), 3281-3296, December 2008. doi:10.1016/j.fss.2008.06.018 

S-M. Zhou, F. Chiclana,R. John, J. M. Garibaldi: Alpha-Level Aggregation: A Practical Approach to Type-1 OWA Operation for Aggregating Uncertain Information with Applications to Breast Cancer Treatments. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 23 (10) 1455-1468, October 2011. doi: 10.1109/TKDE.2010.191

F. Herrera, E. Herrera-Viedma, S. Alonso, F. Chiclana: Computing with Words in Decision Making: Foundations, Trends and Prospects. Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making 8, 337-364, 2009 (ISSN: 1568-4539). doi: 10.1007/s10700-009-9065-2

Patrizia Pérez-Asurmendi, F. Chiclana: Linguistic majorities with difference in support. Applied Soft Computing 18, May 2014, Pages 196–208. doi: 10.1016/j.asoc.2014.01.010

F. Chiclana, J. M. Tapia-Garcia, M. J. del Moral, E. Herrera-Viedma: A Statistical Comparative Study of Different Similarity Measures of Consensus in Group Decision Making. Information Sciences 221, 110-123, February 2013, doi: 10.1016/j.ins.2012.09.014

Jian Wu, F. Chiclana: A social network analysis trust-consensus based approach to group decision-making problems with interval-valued fuzzy reciprocal preference relations. Knowledge-Based Systems 59, March 2014, Pages 97–107. doi: 10.1016/j.knosys.2014.01.017

S. Greenfield, F. Chiclana, S. Coupland, R. I. John: The Collapsing Method of Defuzzification for Discretised Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Sets. Information Sciences 179(13), 2055-2069, June 2009. doi: 10.1016/j.ins.2008.07.011

S. Greenfield, F. Chiclana, R. John, S. Coupland: The Sampling Method of Defuzzification for Type-2 Fuzzy Sets: Experimental Evaluation. Information Sciences 189, 77-92, April 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.ins.2011.11.042

E. Herrera-Viedma, F. Herrera, F. Chiclana , M. Luque: Some Issues on Consistency of Fuzzy Preference Relations. European Journal of Operational Research 154(1), 98-109, April 2004. doi:10.1016/S0377-2217(02)00725-7

F. Chiclana, F. Herrera, E. Herrera-Viedma: Integrating Three Representation Models in Fuzzy Multipurpose Decision Making Based on Fuzzy Preference Relations. Fuzzy Sets and Systems 97(1), 33-48, July 1998. doi:10.1016/S0165-0114(96)00339-9 

Research interests/expertise

Fuzzy preference modelling, decision making problems with heterogeneous fuzzy information, decision support systems, the consensus reaching process, recommender systems, social networks, modelling situations with missing/incomplete information, rationality/consistency, intelligent mobility and aggregation of information. 

Areas of teaching

I have a lot of teaching experience that I have acquired over the past 21 years as a secondary school teacher of mathematics (Granada, Montoro-Cordoba, Estepona and Mabella - Malaga) in Spain (September 1990 - July 2003), and at De Montfort University (August 2003 - present) lecturing different modules at undergraduate, postgraduate (MSc) and PhD levels (see list below). Previously, I worked as a temporary lecturer at the Department of Algebra, University of Granada, in Spain (January 1990-March 1990) teaching calculus and financial mathematics to first year students of management studies.

In June 2005, I completed the HEA accredited programme for staff new to teaching in Higher Education which entitled me to registered practitioner status of the Higher Education Academy. Certificate presentation was on 28th September 2005 by the Director of Human Resources. I was glad to have Dr Jenny Carter as my mentor during my first 2 years at DMU. Currently, I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I was nominated by students for a Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. The students think highly of me and my contribution to the student experience is valued as the following quotation testifies:

"He willingly devotes time to listen to any student and has helped me to achieve good mark. He is consistently excellent communicator, stimulating and informative..."         

 

Areas of Teaching:
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Fuzzy Logic

 

Qualifications

  • Certificate Successful completion of HEA accredited pathway for staff new to teaching in Higher Education, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (September 2005)
  • Outstanding Award for a PhD in Mathematics for the academic year 1999/2000, University of Granada, Spain (27 November 2002)
  • PhD in Mathematics (Distinction Cum Laude), Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Granada, Spain (24 March 2000)
  • Public examination to become part of government civil service as a secondary school teacher, Ministry of Education and Science, Spanish Government (July 1990)
  • Degree in Mathematics (Statistics & Operational Research), University of Granada, Spain (1984-1989)
  • Certificate of Pedagogic Aptitude, Institute of Educational Science, University of Granada, Spain (1989).

Courses taught

Undergraduate

CSCI1004 - Mathematics for Computing (2003-2004)
MGSC1102 - Modelling for Management Decisions 1 (2003-2004)
INFO1007 - Introduction to Business Computing (2003-2004)
INFO1407 - Introduction to Business Computing (2004-2007)
MATH2211 - Information Systems (2003-2005)
COMP2006 - Research in Computing (2004-2008)
CSCI1412 - Computer Technology (2007-2010)
Industrial Placement Visit Tutor (2003-2012)
IMAT1901: Quantitative Methods (2010-2012)
IMAT2701: HND BIT Project (2009-2012)
IMAT3451 - Final Year Project Supervisor (2003-2012)

Postgraduate

IMAT5119 - Fuzzy Logic (2004-2012)
IMAT5120 - Research Methods (2004-2012)
IMAT5314 - MSc Project (2010-2012)

PhD Level

PhD Course: Typesetting Documents with LaTeX (2004-2012)  

Honours and awards

Outstanding Award for a PhD in Mathematics for the academic year 1999/2000, University of Granada, Spain (27 November 2002).

Third prize in DMU’s Creative Thinking Awards 2010, for the Greenfield-Chiclana Collapsing Defuzzifier.

Finalist for 1st DMU - THE OSCAR AWARDS  in category: Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence (2012).

Membership of external committees

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

Member of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technology (EUSFLAT) 

Current research students

Current:

  • Maria Raquel Ureña Perez, University of Granada (Spain)- Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (DECSAI), University of Granada. January 2012. Co-supervisor: Prof. Enrique Herrera-Viedma
  • Manal Alghieth (DMU) - Second supervisor. First supervisor: Dr Yingjie Yang (CCI). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/04/2012)
  • Simon Witheridge (DMU) - Intelligent Transport Systems: Integrated Traffic Management Control. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Dr Benjamin Passow (DIGITS) and Dr David Elizondo (DIGITS). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/10/2012). Change to second supervisor and Ben Passow first supervisor from 01-October-2013.
  • Eseosa Oshodin (DMU) - Decentralised Mechanism for REcommender/Reputation System: A Case Study on Trust. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Dr Samad Ahmadi (VirAL/CCI). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/10/2013).
  • Salim Hasshu (DMU) - Smart, Green and Integrated Transport - Personalised traffic health planner. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Dr Benjamin Passow (DIGITS) and Dr David Elizondo (DIGITS). Mode of study: Full -time on site (01/10/2013).

Completed:

  • Dr Sergio Alonso Burgos, University of Granada (Spain)- Group Decision Making With Incomplete Fuzzy Preference Relations. Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (DECSAI), University of Granada. May 2006. Co-supervisors: Prof. Enrique Herrera-Viedma, Prof. Francisco Herrera.
  • Dr Fahad Alshathry (DMU) - Building a Decision Support System to integrate digital evidence with interview investigation. Second supervisor. August 2011. First supervisor: Dr Giampaolo Bella (STRL).
  • Dr Sarah Greenfield (DMU) - Type-2 Fuzzy Logic: Circumventing the Defuzzification Bottleneck. First supervisor. Second supervisors: Prof. Robert I. John and Dr Simon Coupland (CCI). May 2012.
  • Tamas Galli (MPhil DMU) - Fuzzy Logic Based Software Product Quality Models by Execution Tracing. First supervisor. Second supervisor: Dr Jenny Carter (CCI). Technical adviser: Helge Janicke (STRL). Mode of study: Part -time distance International PhD Programme (01/03/2011). February 2014.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Awarded Campus de Excelencia GENIL-BioTIC-UGR Research Visit Grant (1 week) by the University of Granada (Spain). Principal Investigator. €1000. Period: February 2014.
  • Awarded Campus de Excelencia GENIL-BioTIC-UGR Research Visit Grant (1 week) by the University of Granada (Spain). Principal Investigator. €1200. Period: June 2012.
  • Awarded University of Granada Research Visit Grant by the Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain). Principal Investigator. €3184. Period: June 2009 - August 2009.
  • Awarded research funding from the EPSRC for a 3 year projet, which extends my previous work investigating the role of fuzzy logic in aggregation and consensus modelling. Towards a Framework for Modelling Variation, EPSRC, UK, Co-investigator. £145K. Period: 2006 - 2009.
  • Awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering grant support towards my research networking visit to Spain. 2009.
  • Awarded 2 Conference Grants (Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering) to disseminate my research findings at IPMU 2006 and FUZZ-IEEE 2008.
  • External research collaborator in Spanish Government Research Projects lead by my collaborators.
  • Linguistic Information in Decision Making Analysis Processes. Preference Modelling and Applications. Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €91K. Period: 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2012.  
  • Project of Excellence: Developing the Fuzzy Linguistic Model and its Use in WEB Applications. Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain), Co-investigator. €187K. Period: 01/01/2009 to 31/12/2013.
  • Decision Models with Uncertainty in Heterogeneous Contexts. Application to Evaluation Processes in On-line Environments. Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €50K. Period: 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2009.
  • Project of Excellence: Development of WEB Information Access Systems Based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques (SAINFOWEB). Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain), Co-investigator. €50K. Period: 01/01/2005 to 31/12/2008.
  • An Information System for the Quality of Aerial Transportation Based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Oriented Towards the Citizen. Spanish Department of Transport, Co-investigator. €96K. Period: 01/01/2005 to 31/12/2008.
  • Flexible Preference Modelling in Decision Making. Applications in online recommender systems (I) and (II). Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €33K. Period: 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2006.
  • Spanish National Network in Decision Making, Preference Modelling and Aggregation (I) and (II). Spanish Department for Education and Culture, Co-investigator. €30K. Period: 01/01/2004 to 31/12/2006.
  • Similarities Between Physics and Mathematics in Secondary Education. Regional Government of Andalucia (Spain), Principal Investigator. €700. Period: 01/09/2002 to 30/06/2003.

 

Internally funded research project information

  • Awarded DMU Research Scholarship 2013-14 scheme for 3 years starting from October 2013. This scheme provides for funding to cover both fees and stipend equivalent to the RCUK standard rate (£13,770 for 2012-13) to support one research student from UK or EU. (Principal Investigator with Dr David Elizondo and Dr Benjamin Passow - DIGITS).
  • Awarded DMU Research Scholarship 2012-13 scheme for 3 years starting from October 2012.  This scheme provides for funding to cover both fees and stipend equivalent to the RCUK standard rate (£13,770 for 2012-13) to support one research student from UK or EU. (PI with Dr David Elizondo and Dr Benjamin Passow - DIGITS).
  • Awarded DMU Revolving Investment Fund (RIF) for Research for the project DIGITS: De Montfort Interest Group In Transport Systems. Principal Investigator. £10K. Period: January 2012 - July 2012. 
  • Awarded £4K under the Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering (DMU) Pump Priming initiative to promote external collaborations at the University of Granada and the University of Jaen in Spain. 2005.

Professional esteem indicators

Associate Editor and Editorial Board

International journals in ISI Web of Knowledge

International journals not in ISI Web of Knowledge

Guest Editor for international journals in ISI

  • "FUZZY APPROACHES IN PREFERENCE MODELLING, DECISION MAKING AND APPLICATIONS" in the International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Systems (IJUFKS), Volume 16, Issue 2 Supp. August 2008. F. Chiclana, E. Herrera-Viedma, S. Alonso, F. Herrera (Eds.).
  • "COMPUTING WITH WORDS IN DECISION MAKING" in the International Journal of Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making Journal, Volume 8, Number 4 / December 2009. F. Herrera, E. Herrera-Viedma, S. Alonso and F. Chiclana (Eds.). 

Research Council Reviewer and External Examiner

UK

  • EPSRC
  • The Royal Society

International

  • The Research Foundation - Flanders (Belgium) (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO)
  • The Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation
  • Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Division of Social Sciences.

PhD external examiner

  • Univ. Granada (Granada, Spain)
  • Univ. Jaén (Jaén, Spain)
  • Ulster University (Belfast, UK)
  • University of Valladolid (Valladolid, Spain)
  • École Supérieure d'Électricité (SUPÉLEC, Paris, France).

Conference Organisation, Plenary Talks and Invited Lectures

Organised and Chaired special sessions in the following international conferences:  

  • Special Session FZ08: Fuzzy decision-making: Consensus and Missing Preferences in FUZZ-IEEE 2014 - Beijing (China) that will be held as part of the WCCI2014 from 6-11 July 2014.
  • Special Session 04: Fuzzy Preference Modelling, Decision Making and Consensus in the Second International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM2014) that will be held in Moscow - Russia from 3-5 June 2014.
  • Focus Session on Consensus and Decision Making Under Uncertainty in the 2013 IFSA World Congress NAFIPS Annual Meeting Edmonton, Canada June 24-28, 2013.
  • Special Session on Fuzzy Preference Modelling, Decision Making and Consensus in first International Conference of Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM 2013), May 16-18, 2013 at Suzhou, China.
  • Special Session on "Fuzzy Approaches in Preference Modelling, Decision Making and Applications" for the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ_IEEE), London, UK (2007).
  • Special Session on "Soft Decision Making - Theory and Applications" for the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ_IEEE), Hong-Kong, China (2008).
  • Special Session on "Fuzzy Decision Making Issues: Preference Modelling and Aggregation" for the 8th International FLINS Conference on Computational Intelligence in Decision and Control, Madrid, Spain (2008).
  • Organised Workshop on "Type-2 Fuzzy Logic and the Modelling of Uncertainty" at the AI-2007 Twenty-seventh SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, UK.
  • Plenary talk at the 2009 EUROFUSE Workshop on Preference Modelling and Decision Analysis.
  • Invited Lectures at the University of Granada, the University of Pamplona, the University of Valladolid, the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, the University of Jaen (Spain), Ghent University (Belgium) and University of Portsmouth (UK).
  • Programme committee member of more than 50 international conferences.
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