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Professor Detlof von Winterfeldt

Professor of Operational Research


Detlof von Winterfeldt is Centennial Professor of Operational Research and Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

He is on leave from the University of Southern California (USC), where he is a Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Professor of Public Policy and Management.

In 2003, he co-founded the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the first university-based center of excellence funded by the US Department of Homeland Security, serving as CREATE's director until 2008.

For the past thirty years, he has been active in teaching, research, university administration, and consulting. He has taught courses in statistics, decision analysis, risk analysis, systems analysis, research design, and behavioral decision research. His research interests are in the foundation and practice of decision and risk analysis as applied to the areas of technology development, environmental risks, natural hazards and terrorism.

He is the co-author of two books, two edited volumes, and author or co-author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. As a consultant, he has applied decision and risk analysis to many management problems of government and private industry.

He has served on eighteen committees and panels of the US National Academies and the US National Science Foundation, including an appointment to the National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and of the Society for Risk Analysis.

In 2000, he received the Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to decision analysis from the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. In 2009, he received the Gold Medal from the International Society for Multicriteria Decision Making for advancing the field.

Research interests

  • Decision analysis
  • Risk analysis
  • Environmental policy
  • Behavioral decision research
  • Homeland security

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Detlof von Winterfeldt

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