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UCD's Centre for Business Analytics - Ionad d'Anailísí Ghnó, An Scoil Ghnó UCD

UCD's Centre for Business Analytics is located in Management Information Systems at UCD School of Business. Director Cathal Brugha.

The CBA (previously known as the Centre for Management Science and Systems) incorporates a cross-section of disciplines associated with Management Science, Operations Research, Systems Science and Decision Support Systems. Our main aim is to facilitate the development of, and provide ongoing support for, an internationally recognised, UCD-based community of researchers whose work focuses on: Decision-Making: its Structures, Modelling, and Realisation in Practice. The CBA aims to lead research in management science, decision science, decision support systems and systems science in Ireland.

The emphasis is on the practical application of technical approaches to solving problems in business, and on developing methods for management decision making. This involves a combination of decision science, modelling, algorithm development, software writing and testing, and applications of ICT (Information Communication Technologies).

Specific topics of interest include multi-criteria decision-making, decision methodologies and processes, Decision Support Systems, Geographic Information Systems, quantitative modelling  for Logistics, and Technology Management. Business applications of CBA research cover a wide range from technical problems to inter-cultural differences in decision approaches. In general, the CBA will give a context for providing solutions that combine systems, mathematics and applied computer science, and for determining their appropriate usage.


Members of the CBA collaborate with researchers elsewhere in UCD, notably with the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Natural Computing Research and Applications Group (NCRA).

The CBA plays a central role in the Analytics Institute

Researchers from the centre also play an important role in international associations including;

Research Programmes

Inter-Cultural Trust

Inter-Cultural Trust Project, a joint research programme between Prof. Cathal Brugha at UCD and Professors Rong Du and Shizhong Ai of Xidian University Xi'an, China.

Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research

Value Chain Optimisation (VCO) strand of the CTVR (Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research), R&D programme supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Irish Development Agency (IDA) and Lucent Ireland.

IBM Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Sponsored University Research (SUR)

IBM & UCD Integrated Supply Chain Programme facilitates research and teaching in Supply Chain Management at UCD in partnership with IBM's ISC group.


Publications authored by members of the CBA

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