Navigation Links
Trouble deciding?

The co-author of Smart Choices will provide practical advice in approaching decisions about life, career, having a child, and purchasing a home at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in Seattle.

Dr. Ralph L. Keeney, Research Professor of Decision Sciences at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, is co-author of Smart Choices, A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions, a Harvard Business School publication. He will share decision-making techniques that people can use in their personal lives, at work, and in school.

Dr.Keeney is available for interview.

Topic: IFORS Distinguished Lecture - Using Operations Research to Improve the Quality of Your Life
Who: Prof. Ralph L. Keeney
Date: Monday, November 5, 2007
Time: 11:40 AM 12:30 PM
Place: Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA

Operations research is the application of sound logic and advanced analytical methods to help making better decisions. Operations researchers help companies, governments, and organizations make better decisions.

Dr. Keeney maintains that operations research concepts, techniques, and tools can help all of us make important decisions in our lives. His presentation will outline guidelines for systematic thinking and analysis to help people improve the quality of their lives.

Since individuals can purposefully influence the quality of their lives only by their decisions, says Dr. Keeney, an individual first needs to define what he or she means by quality of life. This can be done by creating a coherent set of life objectives. Using these, an individual should recognize decision opportunities, create alternatives, and make decisions that further these life objectives.

The presentation includes procedures to help one examine life-changing decisions, personal policy choices, and fundamental life tradeoffs, such as time, health and money.

Dr. Keeneys book Smart Choices, coauthored with John Hammond and Howard Raiffa, brings the basic knowledge from the decision science field to individuals interested in making better decisions in their professional and personal lives.

In Analysis of the Biological Clock Decision, a paper being published in the INFORMS journal Decision Analysis, Dr. Keeney provides systematic guidance to women deciding at what stage in their careers to have children.

In research that is sure to stir controversy, Dr. Keeney recently completed a study of decision-making and mortality in the U.S. He argues that nearly half the deaths that occur every year are hastened, in part, by personal decisions.

Over 3,500 operations researchers are expected to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting November 4 - 7 in Seattle. The meetings theme is The Spirit of Technology. Information about the annual meeting is at

Additional plenary speakers ( include

  • Health care: Eva K. Lee and Marco Zaider, a team from Georgia Tech and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that used math modeling to improve the treatment of prostate cancer
  • Homeland security: Ervin Kapos, Director of Operations Analysis for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Supply chain: Gang Yu, Director of Worldwide Procurement for Dell
  • Global economy: Robert W. Moffatt, jr., Senior Vice President, Integrated Options, IBM

Ralph L. Keeneys research interests concern models of decisions involving multiple objectives, application of decision analysis for complex corporate and governmental problems, risk analysis involving life-threatening risks, structuring decisions and creating innovative alternatives. He is the author of numerous published articles and several books on various aspects of decision-making. Keeney received the Frank P. Ramsey Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Decision Analysis and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Contact: Barry List
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

Related medicine news :

1. Troubled Childhood found to affect your Liver
2. Troubled Childhood found to affect your Liver
3. Policemen face trouble fighting malaria
4. Socialization A Serious Trouble For Childhood Cancer Survivors
5. Toddlers Have Respiratory Trouble When Sleeping With Their Face Up
6. Indian Ayurveda in troubled waters abroad.
7. Pakistani Gays Land Themselves In Trouble
8. Deer once again in trouble, due to deer disease!
9. Twins in Double Trouble , Desperately Need Heart Transplant
10. Eyeing Trouble! Doctor in a blind spot.
11. Disney in Trouble? Negative Excitement in Disneyland, Paris
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... As part ... For Empowerment ™ attracts volunteers together who want to combine talents and resources ... key stakeholders in the process. The non-profit launched its first major fundraiser on ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Finnleo, a leader in the traditional and far-infrared sauna industry, announced a sale ... , For traditional saunas, Finnleo is offering 20% off all Nordic Spruce ... only European Grade A Nordic White Spruce from sustainably grown trees. Because of the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... TyloHelo ... parts and accessories. , Sauna accessories help improve the bather experience in the ... From basic styles for the purist looking for simplicity in design to accessories ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... Commission (AUC), European Union (EU), ANDI Pan African Centres of Excellence, and public ... in Nairobi (UNON) for the opening of the 5th African Network for Drugs ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... For the first time, Vitalalert is donating half of its earnings to ... between the two groups began in 2014 with Vitalalert pledging a portion of every ... founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based health organization whose mission is to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... CHAPEL HILL, N.C. , Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... market research projects in an effort to quickly uncover ... market position. --> --> ... expeditiously launch a market research project and ensure that ... with company and industry standards. Another major barrier to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , 24. November 2015 ... Breathing Pacemaker Systems, ist erfreut, die Berufung ... Consultant bekannt geben zu können. ...   --> Foto - ... (Schweden). Von 1984-1986 war er Fellow ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 Sectra (STO: SECT ... entered into a multi-year agreement to deploy Breast ... will provide the Breast Center a future-proof platform capable ... (STO: SECT B) announces that Breast Center of Acadiana ... Breast Imaging PACS in its two freestanding imaging centers. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: