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Decision Support

Improving Decision Support Tools and Decision-Making Processes for Renewable Energy Planning and Assessment Using NASA Earth-Sun Systems Data and Modeling Results ($1.1M funded project)

  • Investigators: Omar El-Gayar (co-PI) with collaborators from EROS, NREL, and NASA.
  • Key Ideas:
    • This proposal seeks to enhance the existing SWERA DSS by
      • serving countries beyond the 13 SWERA nations by providing direct access through the SWERA DSS to NASA's Earth-Sun System research results from the global capacity of the NASA SSE/POWER project
      • deriving hydropower assessments derived from SRTM digital elevation data and rainfall estimates derived from the TRMM sensor building on existing USGS and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hydrology and energy projects
      • closely couple the NASA data stream with renewable energy analysis and investment toolkits, HOMER and RETScreen, maintained and supported by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Natural Resources Canada, respectively.

Designing Decision Support Systems for Information Systems Security Planning and Management

  • Investigators: Omar El-Gayar and Brian Fritz.
  • Key Ideas:
    • Motivation: PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. and Information Week, reported an estimated $1.6 trillion dollars in damage on the global economy and $266 billion within the United States (Cavusoglu, Mishra, & Raghunathan, 2004).
    • Propose to utilize MCDM techniques to evaluate security plans.


  • Fritz, B. and El-Gayar, O.F. (2005). ISSEC: A socio-technical DSS for information security planning. Proceeding of the 2005 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2005), August 11-14, 2005, Omaha, Nebraska.
  • El-Gayar, O.F. and B. Fritz (2004). An AHP model for security planning and decision making. Proceeding of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), November 20-23, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • El-Gayar, O.F. and B. Fritz (2004). A Framework for Decision Support in Information Systems Security. Proceeding of the 2004 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2004), August 4-8, 2004, New York, New York.

Last Updated: 7/31/12