“Work of long-lasting value” – Congratulations to David Carmichael
CIES Professor David Carmichael has been recognised for his research excellence by the academic journal Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems.
The journal, which is published by Taylor & Francis, is devoted to the advancement of systems thinking and systems techniques throughout systems engineering, environmental engineering decision-making, and engineering management, focusing in particular on the practical applications and developments of "hard" and "soft" systems techniques and thinking.
The Editors-in-Chief gave the award for his paper ‘Bias and decision making – an overview systems explanation’ (Volume 37, Issue 1) along with the discussion by Professor David Elms (Volume 37, Issue 3) and Professor Carmichael’s response. The award is given annually for the work that best meets the goal of the journal to publish work of long-lasting value in the study of civil engineering and environmental systems.
“Carmichael’s paper develops a solid theoretical foundation for inclusion of human factors into civil engineering systems. The paper classifies and systematically analyses human subjectivity. The paper by Carmichael analyses separate issues such as prejudice, optimism, conflict of interest, confirmation bias, and more with a systems analysis of model, constraints, and objective functions.”
As part of the award, the paper is made free to access for the next year.