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George Mason University

Alexander Brodsky

Professor, Computer Science

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  • 703-993-1529 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 4418
    4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Alex Brodsky is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of Master of Science program in Information Systems. His current research interests include Decision Support, Guidance and Optimization (DSGO) systems, and DSGO applications, including to Manufacturing, Energy, Power, Sustainability and Supply Chain Management. He teaches classes in Database Management and Decision Guidance Systems, and advises PhD students, of whom 15 have earned, and four are currently pursuing, their degree.

While Decision Support systems are broad in scope, Decision Guidance (DG) systems are geared toward making actionable recommendations on how to move a complex system toward desirable outcomes. They may need to mine large amounts of data, learn deterministic or stochastic models, elicit user preferences and objectives, perform optimization, present and justify actionable recommendations to users, and solicit their feedback for continuous improvement. Alex’s DG research focuses, broadly, on building DG languages, algorithms, tools and models that will make the development of DG systems and applications much easier, similar to building database applications using Database Management Systems


PhD, Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1991)

MS, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1983)

BS, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1983)

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2012 - 2015 : Process Analytics Language (PAL) for Sustainable Manufacturing: Modeling, Analysis and Decision Optimization. Funded by National Institute of Standards and Technology.

2013 - 2014 : Decision Guidance Approach to Power Optimization and Management. Funded by Dominion Resources Inc.

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