Thomas Saaty: Resolution of Retributive Conflicts

Thomas Saaty is a professor of business administration at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Saaty was a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for 10 years and before that was for seven years in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the U.S. State Department. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the Board of Advisors to Decision Lens, a company based on his Analytic Hierarchy Process and Analytic Network Process.

He is the architect of the decision theory, the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and its generalization to decisions with dependence and feedback, the Analytic Network Process (ANP). He has published numerous articles and more than 12 books on these subjects. His nontechnical book on the AHP, Decision Making for Leaders, has been translated to more than 10 languages. His book, The Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of How It Works, generalizing the ANP further to neural firing and synthesis, appeared in the year 2000. Some of the research on neural synthesis was done in collaboration with Luis G. Vargas. He is currently involved in extending his mathematical multicriteria decision-making theory to how to synthesize group and societal influences. He is also developing the Super Decisions software that implements the ANP. He has made contributions in the fields of operations research (parametric linear programming, epidemics and the spread of biological agents, queuing theory, and more generally behavioral mathematics as it relates to operations).