**Head of the Department:**

Martin Kružík

**Deputy head of the Department: **

František Matúš

**Secretary:**

Marie Kolářová

**phone: **+420 286 581 419

**staff:** people, Ph.D. students

**List** of publications, courses, projects, seminars

Most of the research activities of the department belong to the field of applied mathematics. The focus is on theoretical problems as well as problems connected with implementation of methods in the following areas:

- mathematical optimization
- nonsmooth analysis
- differential equations
- variational problems
- probabilistic models of decision support systems
- conditional independence structures
- alternative calculi of uncertainty in artificial intelligence

The Winter School of Department of Decision-Making Theory is a popular meeting point of students and researchers from the department and other colaborating researchers from several Czech institutions as well as guests from abroad. It is held in the UTIA's chalet.

The program of the 2017 edition of the MTR Winter School will consist mainly of tutorial talks given by participants.

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The theory of belief functions, also referred to as evidence theory or Dempster-Shafer theory, is a well established general framework for reasoning with uncertainty, with well understood connections to other frameworks such as probability, possibility and imprecise probability theories. First introduced by Arthur P. Dempster in the context of statistical inference, the theory was later developed by Glenn Shafer into a general framework for modeling epistemic uncertainty.

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Václav Lín has successfully defended his PhD thesis at the Faculty of Management of the University of Economics in Prague. The defence took place in Jindrichuv Hradec on August, 30, 2016. The topic of his thesis was "On sequencing problems in the management of troubleshooting operations".

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Institute of Information Theory and Automation