Prof. Cathal MacSwiney Brugha

Workshop on OR for Development
“What is Needed to Help Operations Research / Operations Researchers be More Effective in Addressing Development Problems in Education, Health, Basic Public Services, Infrastructure, Sustainability, Climate Change, etc?”

Workshop Abstract

What should be done to help O.R. and O.R. researchers / practitioners / consultants become more effective in addressing development problems in education, health, basic public services, infrastructure, sustainability, climate change, etc?
This is a multi-criteria strategic question. Participate in this session by offering your own answers. Prof. Cathal MacSwiney Brugha will use the Priority Pointing Procedure (PPP) to synthesise your answers, and show how they can lead to a strategy that reflects the thinking of the whole group.

This is an interactive event where the participants are invited to submit their answers to some questions on this theme before they come to the workshop.
Even if you don’t wish to include your answers, come anyway and see how a strategy can be formed from the replies of multiple participants.

As well as applying PPP to your answers in the workshop, and coming up with a proposed strategy, Cathal will explain its basis in nomology, an analytics theory that synthesises “nomical” objective structures such as economics, with “logical” subjective structures such as psychology. If time allows, he will further show the generic nature of PPP by describing an application in the Mandarin language in China.

About the Speaker

Professor Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, PhD, MBA, MSc, BSc, FMII, is an Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the University College Dublin Centre for Business Analytics, and President of the Analytics Society of Ireland.  BSc and MSc in Mathematical Science from UCD; MBA TCD, PhD in Combinatorial Optimisation, UCD.  After a career in DIT he joined UCD in 1991. Director of the Analytics Institute

In his research, Brugha uses decision structures from both the East (yin/yang based) and the West (dialectic based) to uncover Chinese and Western perceptions of one another’s cultures, including interpretations of concepts such as guanxi and mianzi that are vital to Chinese culture but seem untranslateable into English.

As President of the Analytics Society of Ireland since 1992, he has represented Ireland annually at council meetings of the European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO) and the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).  His research in China has been published in both English and Chinese language journals.