2018 Annual Meeting

November 13-15, 2018
Venue name: One Culver
10000 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

This year’s meeting will be held in Southern California and will be hosted jointly by the RAND Corporation and the local government of Culver City, California. (Look up Culver City in the index of any book on “Hollywood” history to discover where it all really happened. Culver City is also an important hub for emerging digital and visualization technologies.)  Our 2018 theme will focus on DMDU in urban planning and technology sectors, with a particular emphasis on Latin American and Pacific Rim communities.

Meeting Agenda

The event program and final agenda is available here: 2018 DMDU Meeting Program

During the training day, there will be a set of hands-on workshops where you can try out various tools and techniques yourself. Three of these workshops will involve live demos of Python libraries. These libraries are SALib, Rhodium, and ema_workbench. If you want to participate in the live demos and try these libraries yourself, it is recommended that you install these libraries prior to the training day. For help with installation, please consult these instructions.

Please visit this page to read about how we intend to weave posters into the life of the conference as an integral part of the event.


General registration is now open for this event. Seating is limited and registration is required. Seats will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis. Please register here: 2018 DMDU Registration.

The following fees will be due at the time of registration. There is no fee for the Training Day on November 13, and no fees are due for individuals traveling from outside the United States. If these fees pose a difficulty please contact us individually:

13 NOV: Training/Deep-Dive: NO FEE

14-15 NOV: Full Annual Meeting (2 days)
U.S. General Registration: $295
U.S. Student Registration: $100
Non-U.S. Registration: NO FEE

14 NOV only OR 15 NOV only (1 day)
U.S. General Registration: $200
U.S. Student Registration: $80
Non-U.S. Registration: NO FEE.

International Training Day

For the third year running, the Society for Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty is offering a free DMDU training day to its membership, registrants to its annual meeting and the general public. Seating is limited and does require prior registration by 9 November 2018. This training session is held on the day prior to the DMDU workshop itself.

The training day has three goals. It will provide a fundamental grounding in the concepts underlying DMDU methods and applications. For those who wish to apply DMDU tools to the analytical problems they face, the day will provide ample opportunity to witness demos of various DMDU techniques and the manner in which they are applied as well as interact with the tools’ designers and researchers. But just as importantly, the agenda also seeks to help potential recipients of the output from DMDU analyses so that they may better understand the potential for application to their own problems and have a better sense of how the outputs may be used and interpreted.

For people attending both the training day and the workshop, the training is designed to provide them with the means for more engaged workshop participation and thus enhance the value they receive from attendance. The workshop will follow the format used in previous meetings and so will be of most value to first-time attendees.

For participants who will not be attending the subsequent workshop, it will provide an overview of the developing DMDU field with exposure to core concepts, current discourse and leading tools and applications.

The workshop will give equal weight to overview presentations, hands-on demonstrations and plenary discussion among the participants and with leading DMDU practitioners.

Lunch will not be provided but there is a rich assortment of dining opportunities within blocks of the venue: One Culver, 10000 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

To register to attend the DMDU Society International Training Day, go to the 2018 Annual Meeting registration page and indicate that you will be joining us for the Training Day on 13 November. A draft agenda (subject to change) of the training day is available here: DRAFT 2018 DMDU agenda

Travel Logistics

We are excited to welcome you to Southern California! For the convenience of our guests we have reserved room blocks at several local hotels, including the historic Culver Hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from our meeting venue. We highly recommend making your lodging reservations early, as the reserved rooms will fill up quickly. Click here for further detail about hotels and travel logistics.

Register now for Friday Field Trips!

We are excited to offer local field trips and tours for Friday, 16 November, the day after the 2-day DMDU annual meeting concludes. All field trips are free of charge to attendees of the Nov 14-15 meeting. The first two field trips, those of Culver City’s cultural corridor and of the Hayden Tract creative space, will be conducted successively rather than concurrently. This means that participants may, if they choose, sign up for both tours. The third, a bicycle tour of the Ballona Creek wetlands, will not be coordinated with the other two owing to its length. But, participants may plan their own program to do a curtailed version of the bicycle tour and so join one of the others being planned.

Please visit http://www.deepuncertainty.org/2018fieldtrips/ to learn more and to register for the fieldtrip(s) of your choice!

Abstract Submission 

Abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for this year’s event.

Key Dates

Early May: Call for Abstracts open

24 June: Deadline for submission of oral and poster abstracts

Late July/Early Aug: Selected presenters will be notified

31 August: Discussion session panelists, logistics, and workshop content will be confirmed

13-15 November: 2018 Annual Meeting

If you have any questions, please e-mail DMDU Society Administrator Andrea Golay.

2018 DMDU Meeting Committee

Steven Popper (Chair, RAND)
Andrea Golay (RAND)
Laurna Kaatz (Denver Water)
Judy Lawrence (Victoria Univ of Wellington, New Zealand)
Rob Lempert (RAND)
Sadie McEvoy (Deltares/TU Delft)
Edmundo Molina-Perez (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey)
Julie Rozenberg (World Bank)
Thomas Small (Mayor, Culver City)