Overview of Research

Overall, my major research interests are the development of conflict resolution, multiple criteria decision analysis, time series analysis and other decision-making methodologies for addressing challenging interdisciplinary system of systems engineering problems lying at the confluence of society, technology and the environment, with applications in water resources management, hydrology, environmental engineering, energy, and sustainable development. Descriptions of research topics as well as representative publications are given below. For information regarding research on multiple participant-multiple objective decision making and a detailed publication list, kindly refer to the web sites for the Conflict Analysis Group and Curriculum Vitae for Keith W. Hipel, respectively. Moreover, course descriptions are available for SYDE 533 Conflict Resolution, and SYDE 631 Time Series Modelling, both of which I have the distinct pleasure of teaching to our students every fall term.

To maintain high quality research that is relevant and at the cutting edge of developments in a given field, my co-workers and I have embraced a global outlook with respect to our research projects. Our books have been published by well known international companies, our papers have appeared in highly respected national and international journals, and our conference papers have been presented at prestigious meetings held in Canada and abroad. Over the years, I have been privileged to become associated with many academic and professional organizations including the Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Moreover, I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as an Associate Editor of many international journals including the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, and Group Decision and Negotiation. Additionally, the valuable experience I have gained in carrying out consulting activities for government agencies, engineering firms and utilities in Japan, Brazil, the United States and Canada, has significantly enhanced my research endeavours. Finally, our students have been able to learn through first-hand experience the language and culture of a foreign country via participation in engineering exchange programs between the University of Waterloo and Tottori and Kyoto Universities in Japan, as well as the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in Japan, all of which I helped to found as a direct result of ongoing joint research projects with Japanese collegues during the past two decades.