The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory will be held at DIMACS in the Spring of 2011. It will be organized by Ronen Brafman (Ben Gurion University), Fred Roberts (DIMACS), and Alexis Tsoukiàs (LAMSADE). The conference will be broad in scope, covering all aspects of the growing field of ADT. It will involve researchers from such disparate fields as decision theory, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, economics, and artificial intelligence, aiming to improve decision support in the presence of massive data bases, partial and/or uncertain information, and distributed decision makers. It will emphasize real-world decision problems involving fundamental problems of the world's societies: climate change, environmental protection, energy use, health care, financial management, natural disasters, terrorism, etc. These are all themes in which DIMACS currently has initiatives (e.g., a Special Focus on Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology, a research initiative on Climate and Health, and a US Department of Homeland Security designation as a center of excellence for research on advanced data analysis in support of protection against natural and human-caused disasters), so the conference can build on our local expertise.
The first conference, was a clear success and demonstrated the demand for establishing a permanent scientific forum for this community. The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory will be modeled after The DIMACS/LAMSADE Workshop on Algorithmic Decision Theory and Meeting of the COST Action ICO602, with opening-day tutorials, key invited speakers each day, and a call for papers and posters. The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory will consolidate the US community's connection to the burgeoning field of ADT and be an important launch event during the first year of SF-ADT. There is no other conference addressing all of the issues and research challenges that The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory will. The mainstream conferences in this area (such as IJCAI, EURO, INFORMS) allow specialized workshops, but none has the major community-building impact of a conference. Other specialized conferences such as UAI and COMSOC address only some of the issues ADT does and are clearly identified as CS conferences, while The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory is to be an interdisciplinary meeting. The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory will be a major step in focusing researchers and students from multiple disciplines on the task of developing tools for dealing with the complex decision making problems facing global society.