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here), select the workshops that you want to attend and make the required payment. Registration to the workshops can be done either along with the registration to the conference or in a different time and it will also be available on site. Thursday 04 August, 2016
01:00 - 02:00 pm
User need elicitation via AHP: study design and piloting (Leandro Pecchia)
Registration fee: £20.
02:00 - 03:00 pm
ANP Sensitivity Workshop ISAHP 2016 (Dr. William J. L. Adams)
Registration fee: £20.
3:30 - 04:30 pm
Overview of the new Super Decisions software (V3.0) for the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process (Rozann Whitaker Saaty)
Registration fee: £20.
04:30 - 05:30 pm
Simplifying AHP To Make Accessible to Youths (Dr. William J. L. Adams)
Registration fee: £20.
User need elicitation via AHP: study design and piloting
Several papers and books have been published that discuss different aspects of the AHP/ANP method. Much less has been published about designing and pilot-testing AHP and ANP user-need elicitation models. This workshop aims to fill this gap, providing a guide to the organizers of focus groups interested in using the AHP/ANP to prioritise user needs. Several studies that have used AHP and ANP for user-need elicitation about design/adoption of new healthcare technologies will be presented. In collaboration with one or two domain experts about the problem being investigated, the elicitor, the AHP expert, will help define the main goal and identify the main needs. Through a systematic search of the literature, or via focus groups, other relevant needs are identified and organized in meaningful categories, creating a hierarchy of needs. According to the hierarchy, a series of questionnaires are developed, using a layout familiar to the domain experts. The hierarchy and questionnaires are then run through a pilot study with a limited group of domain experts in order to:
identify needs that did not emerge from the literature review;
review the classification of needs;
improve the questionnaires to avoid ambiguities or misleading words.
Born in Naples, Italy, Dr Leandro Pecchia is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Warwick. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 journal and conference papers in the fields of Pattern Recognition, Home Monitoring, User Need Elicitatn and Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
Dr. Pecchia has long experience in biomedical engineering teaching and research, including signal processing, economical evaluation, Telemedicine, Biomedical Devices, quantitative mental stress assessment, and application of Analytic Hierarchy Process to HTA, Management Control and to medical decision making.
In June 2012, he was appointed Treasurer of the Health Technology Assessment Division of the International Federation of Medical and Biomedical Engineering (IFMBE)
ANP Sensitivity Workshop ISAHP 2016
Dr. William J. L. Adams
Knowing the sensitivity of an ANP model to the importance of a given node opens vistas for new insights and analyses of models. Dr. William Adams developed and patented several calculations of node sensitivity based upon the idea of ANP Row Sensitivity. These ideas were implemented initially in SuperDecisions for research purposes. Those methods, available in SuperDecisions can be used to answer questions like:
In order to change public opinion on a critical issue, what is the key concept we should make more or less important in the public's mind.
If the given criterion/node is the most important in a network how does that effect resultant alternative priorities, e.g., if environmental impact is the most important aspect, what course should we pursue politically?
If we have users do a shortcut set of votes in a model, which nodes should we focus on for more detailed voting, and which nodes have essentially no impact, thereby reducing the burden on the voter requiring fewer votes to get essentially the same answer.
Find out which nodes affect the ranking of the alternatives, and which have no impact on ranking at all.
In this workshop we demonstrate how to use the existing functionality in SuperDecisions to perform these calculations. In addition we show how to formulate interesting questions that ANP Sensitivity calculations can address.
Simplifying AHP To Make Accessible to Youths
Dr. William J. L. Adams
In Montessori classes in particular, and other primary/secondary school environments children are given the responsibility of making choices. A few examples are: where a class field trip may go, who is responsible for cleaning what areas of the classroom, or what the class pet should be. AHP theory could be helpful for children in such a situation; however the overhead of learning all of theory and tools is a daunting task.
We have created an open source set of tools to aid youths in using AHP theory for such tasks. These include simplified questionnaire templates, software for the analysis and visualization of their results, the ability to break down opinions by demographic (what do girls versus boys think), tutorials, etc. In this workshop we will cover the tools and techniques developed by Dr. Bill Adams, his son Will Adams, and Devin Tamayo. In addition, we will cover the task of simplifying a difficult question into a simpler, but still useful, question that can be analyzed with this method. This method has already been used by a 12-year-old to solicit votes from his class of students aged 6-12 with very promising results (for instance, all participants were easily able to fill out the questionnaire).
Dr. William J. L. Adams is an algebraic geometer who earned his PhD from Florida State University studying intersection theory and Schwartz-MacPherson Chern classes. He is currently the Director of Algorithms at Decision Lens Inc, leading a group researching machine learning, optimization theory, and similar topics as they relate to decision theoretic problems. In addition he created and was the sole programmer of the SuperDecisions application, a tool for teaching, researching and applying the Analytic Network Process. He continues in an advisory role in the ongoing development of that application. He has received approximately 12 patents in the fields of ANP theory, Operations Research and Genetic Algorithms. In his free time he is helping in the formation of an adolescent Montessori program (ages 12-15) at his son's school, where he will teach mathematics and history. He is also mentoring a team of adolescents in the production of an AHP application and methodology that other youths can use to implement the AHP process for their own decisions.
Overview of the new Super Decisions software (V3.0) for the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process
Rozann Whitaker Saaty
The SuperDecisions software can be used to create both hierarchical (AHP) and network (ANP) models as well as complex multi-level models of both types. In this workshop we will show the new version of SuperDecisions software (v3.0) and concentrate on showing how to use the Ratings Model to rate alternatives one-by-one on standards for the criteria instead of pairwise comparing them, thus shortening the judgment process a good deal. We will discuss when it is appropriate to use comparisons and when to use ratings. We will also show how to structure and work with multilevel BOCR (benefits, opportunities, costs and risks) models. Some validation examples will be given that reveal the magic of the supermatrix data structure for hierarchies and networks. Bring your laptop and we will install a 60 day trial version of the software for you to try out.
Rozann is currently the Vice President and Executive Director of the Creative Decisions Foundation, a charitable organization to promote rational decision-making using the Analytic Hierarchy Process developed by her husband Thomas L. Saaty. The Foundation carries out such activities as sponsoring meetings of the biennial International Society of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (ISAHP), sponsoring the online journal the International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (IJAHP), funding research in advanced decision making techniques and developing the SuperDecisions software for decision making using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the Analytic Network Process (ANP). She also publishes books on decision-making through RWS Publications, specializing in books on the AHP and ANP. She directed the development of the SuperDecisions software which the Foundation makes available free to educators, researchers and students, and has participated in many international workshops and courses with her husband, teaching the software. Ms. Whitaker holds both a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree in mathematics from New Mexico Tech (the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology).