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Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos Diploma and MPhil (Athens), PhD (Massachusetts), FHEA

Associate Professor (Reader) of Behavioural Operations; Head of Research at Department of Decision Analytics and Risk

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Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos is Head of Research at the Department of Decision Analytics and Risk and Associate Professor (Reader) of Behavioural Operations at the Southampton Business School. He is playing a key role in the emerging field of behavioural operations research, and is the academic chair of The OR Society's corresponding Special Interest Group. Konstantinos is also very active in the interdisciplinary area of bounded rationality, co-organizing the Annual Winter School in India on the topic. He serves on the editorial board of Judgment and Decision Making and the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

The puzzles of human and machine decision making will only be solved by interdisciplinary ideas.

Konstantinos studied applied mathematics and cognitive psychology in Athens and Freiburg and then obtained a PhD in operations research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Afterwards, he was a visiting Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and MIT; and an Associate Professor (W2) as well as Deputy Director at the Centre for Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Research interests

Konstantinos works on integrating standard decision theory with the simple rules of thumb people actually use. He has helped built an interdisciplinary theory of the conditions under which simple models outperform more complex ones. Konstantinos has engaged with government and businesses on problems, characterized by complexity and uncertainty, in economics, management, and health.

Konstantinos's work has been funded by organizations such as the NASA Ames Research Centre, the German Science Foundation and the European Network for Excellence, published in academic journals such as Psychological Review, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological and the European Journal of Operational Research, and covered by newspapers and magazines such as the Tageszeitung, Founding Fuel and Science News. He regularly delivers lectures and short courses to academia and industry; Visit Prof. Konstantinos Katsikopoulos: David Blockley lectures in Systems for a lecture to a general audience and visit CogTalk June 2014: Blind to Reason? Cognitive illusions and (ir)rational thinking for a public debate on whether people think irrationally.

Konstantinos is the lead author of the book, forthcoming by MIT Press in February 2021, "Classification in the Wild: The Science and Art of Transparent Decision Making", with Özgür Şimşek (Bath), Marcus Buckmann (Bank of England) and Gerd Gigerenzer (Max Planck Institute), that introduces a decision theory fit for practice. He is currently working on a single-authored book, contracted by Palgrave Macmillan, "Cognitive Operations: Modeling Psychological Processes and Predicting Decisions" that will present a spectrum of cognitive models for operational decision making.

PhD Supervision

Leen Gammoh, 2018-21, “Enhancing Flood Preparedness in Jordan” (with Dr. Ian Dawson)

Maryam Alyahya, 2020-2023, “Managing Company Reputation in Saudi Arabia” (with Dr. Yaniv Hanoch)

Lidia Mayangsari, 2020-2023, “Improving Food Choices in Indonesia” (with Dr. Stephan Onggo)

Research Projects:

“EFFECT: Executive Function Focused Effective Coaching Tool”, Technical Education Research Centers, Cambridge, MA (Liaison: Dr Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki)

"Consistent and accurate inference when past choices are recalled imperfectly", with the Indian Statistical Institute Delhi (Liaison: Kriti Manocha)

"Cognitive modelling for operational research", individual book project 

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Risk Research, CORMSIS Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems, Behavioural OR (The OR Society), Harding Centre for Risk Literacy

  • Head of Research at Department of Decision Analytics and Risk
  • Member of Business School Research Committee
  • Member of CORMSIS Research Committee
  • Chair of Behavioural OR Special Interest Group (The OR Society)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Simon Institute for Long-term Governance (Geneva)
  • Member of the General Assembly of the International Herbert Simon Society  
  • Editorial board member for Judgment and Decision Making
  • Editorial board member for Journal of Mathematical Psychology
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  • Module leader for Management Analysis, core module on introductory undergraduate mathematics and statistics
  • Lecturer, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, core module on postgraduate research methods
  • Module leader for Behavioural Operations, postgraduate module (forthcoming)
  • Short course leader, Behavioural Modelling in OR, National Training Centre in OR 
  • Co-founder and co-organizer of the Annual Winter School on Bounded Rationality in India (T. A. Pai Management Institute)
  • Lecturer at the Summer Schools on Bounded Rationality (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) and Behavioural OR (rotating – Aalto, Nijmegen, Loughborough, Southampton)
Dr Konstantinos Katsikopoulos
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/5017

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