The special session on Decision Economics (DECON 2018) is an interdisciplinary scientific forum by which scientists and managers share ideas, projects, research results, models and experiences associated with the complexity of behavioural decision processes aiming at explaining real socio-economic phenomena. The special session DECON 2018 will be held at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo, Spain) within the Technological Campus as part of the 15th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence, 20-22 June 2018.


Decision Economics is a growing field of research which has been given much attention by several scholars in recent decades. The special session on Decision Economics (DECON 2018) is a multidisciplinary international forum dedicated to advancing knowledge and improving instruction in economics, business, computer science, psychology, quantitative methods and related disciplines. To pursue this mission, DECON 2018 will facilitate the development and dissemination of knowledge in the diverse disciplines of the decision sciences in the tradition of Herbert A. Simon’s interdisciplinary heritage. Herbert A. Simon was - and still is - one of the most influential founding father of the multidisciplinary fields of decision sciences: his contributions range across administrative behaviour and organisation theory, management science and operation research, behavioural decision theory, cognitive psychology, and artificial intelligence.

Therefore, DECON 2018 focuses on theoretical, empirical and methodological investigations of socio-economic decisions made by several economic agents in a complex market economy, not entirely according to standard “rational” economic principles, but also in light of behavioural and cognitive factors, and bounded rationality. Such investigations can be methodologically focused on quantitative approaches, qualitative methods, or can take the form of insightful reviews and commentaries on best practices in social science research.

DECON 2018 dedicates itself to the interdisciplinary study of decision-making in the recognition that important decision-making takes place in a range of critical subject areas and research fields, including Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Psychology, Small and International Business, Management, Operations, and Production. We are particularly interested in analytics as an emerging synthesis of sophisticated methodology and large data systems used to guide economic decision-making in an increasingly complex business environment.

The recent negative economic and financial events, which have hit the world economies in the last decade, call for new and innovative studies mainly in economics, business and finance, involving different research fields such as Economics, Psychology, or strictly related social sciences, leading source for original research on the interplay of those fields within Artificial Intelligence. The organisers and chairs of DECON strongly believe that this is a moral duty, as well as a scientific duty, for a prudent and wise economist aware of the complexity of the real world in which he/she lives and works in the Third Millennium. Indeed, the combination of economics and decision sciences is a field of studies which proves to be useful and, thus, should be fostered to academicians and practitioners interested in the application of quantitative and behavioural methods to the problems of society. The special session focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of economic analysis and policies within several major areas. Hence, papers are invited for the following areas of special interest which include but are not limited to:

  • Experimental Research in Economics; Behavioural Game Theory; Cognitive Economics; Interrelations of Economics and Psychology with AI;
  • Complexity of Behavioural Decision Processes; Microfoundations and Micro-Macro Relationships; Organisational Decision-Making;
  • Computation and Computability in Economics; Decision Theory and the Economics of Uncertainty; Algorithmic Social Sciences Research;
  • Decision Support Systems and Business Decisions; Business Intelligence Analytics and Decision-Making; Big Data, Data-Mining and Robotics;
  • Managerial Decision-Making; Complex Business Environments; Information Technology and Operational Decision Sciences.

DECON facilitates cross-fertilization between theories, methodologies, and applications of decision-making. All accepted papers will be included in a special book published in the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing series of Springer.


Organizing Committee

  • Edgardo Bucciarelli, University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy)
  • Shu-Heng Chen, National Chengchi University, Taipei (Taiwan)

Program Committee

  • Federica Alberti, University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
  • José Carlos R. Alcantud, University of Salamanca (Spain)
  • Elías Moreno, University of Granada (Spain)
  • Barry Cooper, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
  • Sameeksha Desai, Indiana University, Bloomington (United States)
  • Zhiqiang Dong, South China Normal University (China)
  • Felix Freitag, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Amin M. Khan, IST, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Jakob Kapeller, Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria)
  • Alan Kirman, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
  • Alexander Kocian, University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Nadine Levratto, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France)
  • Nicola Mattoscio, University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy)
  • Giulio Occhini, Italian Association for Informatics and Automatic Calculation, Milan (Italy)
  • Lionel Page, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (Australia)
  • Ragupathy Venkatachalam, Goldsmiths, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Enrico Rubaltelli, University of Padua (Italy)
  • Anwar Shaikh, The New School for Social Research, New York (United States)
  • Pietro Terna, University of Turin (Italy)
  • Katsunori Yamada, Osaka University (Japan)
  • Stefano Zambelli, University of Trento (Italy)


Edgardo Bucciarelli, Ph.D.
Affiliate professor of economics
Department of Philosophical, Pedagogical and Economic-Quantitative Sciences
Section of Economics and Quantitative Methods
University of Chieti-Pescara
Viale Pindaro, n. 42 - 65127 - Pescara - Italy
Office phone: 39-085-453-7980

Shu-Heng Chen, Ph.D.
Vice President of the National Chengchi University
Distinguished professor of economics
AI-ECON Research Center - Department of Economics
National Chengchi University
Taipei, Taiwan, 11623, R.O.C.
Office phone: 886-2-29387308