Decision-making is a fundamental activity in various fields, including economics, engineering, management, and more. In many cases, the decision maker faces conflicting objectives, uncertain information, and incomplete knowledge. Multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) is the decision-making process about alternatives with more than one objective. More than one objective can be considered, but this does not mean that all of them have equal weight. Recent research has shown that many Fuzzy Optimization Techniques (FOTs) are more robust than traditional optimization under uncertainty models; however, fuzziness limitations have prevented these methods from dealing directly with MCDM problems in a rigorous way. This calls for advanced techniques to handle such complexity and provide a satisfactory solution.
Multi-criteria decision-making (MCDA) is concerned with problems in which several alternatives are evaluated based on the satisfaction of multiple criteria. The use of fuzzy logic in multi-criteria decision-making has gained popularity, and some interesting results have been obtained. The approximation of the nonlinear objective function by a linear function, associated with the primary goal of fuzzy optimization techniques, does not always lead to efficient solutions; in fact, sometimes, it may even lead to infeasible solutions. Multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) has emerged as one of the most popular fields in engineering and operations research because it has many real-world applications. However, most studies on this topic have been conducted under certain conditions, and the results obtained might only apply to those conditions. Therefore, the need for further research on MCDM under uncertainty using fuzzy optimization techniques is strongly felt to generate additional knowledge about ambiguous data approximations for model building, model assessment, and model-based decision-making under uncertainty conditions. The concept of decision under uncertainty has found a very important place in the present literature on optimization and its techniques. Uncertainty is an attribute of reality over which we have no control but only to react to it. It can be due to such factors as ignorance about the nature of a problem or its parameters, unpredictability of future outcomes, and inaccessibility of accurate information required for making decisions. Fuzzy optimization techniques offer a promising approach for multi-criteria decision-making under uncertainty. These techniques use fuzzy logic to represent and manipulate uncertain and imprecise information and optimize the decision according to criteria. Fuzzy optimization has been successfully applied in various fields, including finance, supply chain, and environmental management. The goal of this special issue is to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art fuzzy optimization for multi-criteria decision-making under uncertainty.
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Dr. Muhammad Sulaiman
Department of Mathematics,Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
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Biography: Muhammad Sulaiman received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Peshawar in 2004, M.Sc., and M. Phil degrees in mathematics from the Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 2007 and 2009 respectively. He received his Ph.D degree in mathematics from the University of Essex UK in April 2015. He is working as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan. His area of interest includes Heuristics, Optimization, Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Combinatorial Optimization, Scheduling, Simulation, Optimization Modeling and Mathematical Programming. His Publications are around 83 and his citations are around 1200 with a h- index of 21.
Dr. Maharani Abu Bakar
Special Interest Group Modelling and Data Analytics, Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.
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Dr. Zardad Khan
Department of Analytics in the Digital Era, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
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