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Full Professor
Department of Decision Sciences

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Biographical note

PhD in Probabilistic Risk Assessment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (MA), USA, under the supervision of Prof. George E. Apostolakis. He has also attained advanced specialization courses at Harvard University and at MIT Sloan School of Management. He helds an MSc in Nuclear Engineering with specialization in Mathematics and Physics from the Politecnico di Milano.

Academic CV

Full Professor at the Department of Decision Sciences and Director of the Management Science Laboratory of SDA Bocconi Business School.

He's Director of Bachelor in Economics, Management and Computer Science (BEMACS).

He has been director of the ELEUSI Research Centre of Bocconi University from 2008 to 2012.

He currently serves as a member in the Council of the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS and is Co-Chairman of the Technical Committee on Uncertainty Analysis of the European Safety and Reliability Association since 2013.

He is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the European Journal of Operational Research.

He has won several national and international awards, among which the 2017 "Chinese Academy of Sciences President's Visiting Professor Fellowship", the 2015 IBM Faculty Award, the 2014 Best Risk Analysis Paper Award, the McCormack Fellowship of the Westinghouse Corporation (in 2000) awarded to the best Ph.D. Candidate of the Nuclear Engineering Department, the honorary memberhip of "Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society of North America" and of "Alpha Nu Sigma, the Honorary Society of the American Nuclear Society," of which he was the president of its MIT Section. He has been awarded also the 2013 Best Referee Award of Risk Analysis, the 2013 Best Reviewer Award of Reliability Engineering and System Safety, the 2012 and 2010 best reviewer award of the European Journal of Operational Research and the 2012 Best Reviewer Award of Environmental Modelling and Software. He has won the Research Excellency Award of Bocconi University for nine consecutive years, 2006-2014.

He is author of several new sensitivity analysis methods, among which the Differential Importance Measure (DIM). DIM has been presented at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2000 and, since 2002, is included in the "Probabilistic Risk Assessment Procedures Guide of NASA Managers and Practitioners".

He has been Guest Lecturer and invited speaker in conferences and workshops in several national and international universities. He has participated in and conducted several national and international research projects in cooperation with the Idaho Engineering National Laboratories, the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, Electricitè de France, Fitch Ratings S.p.A., SAS Institute, FIDIA Farmaceutici S.p.A..

He is member of the Editorial Board of several international journal, among which Risk Analysis, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Journal of Risk and Reliability, International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research, International Journal of Risk Management, International Journal of Business Logistics, International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing and Economia&Management. He cooperates as referee with several international journals.

He is the author of more than 100 publications. His works have appeared in international journals such as Journal of the Royal Statistical Society series B, Management Science, Nature Climate Change, Water Resources Research, Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Risk Analysis, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, International Journal of Production Economics, etc.

He is author of the book: "Sensitivity Analysis: An Introduction for the Management Scientist", Springer International Series of Management Science and Operations Research, 2017.


Research areas

Risk Analysis, Decision Analysis, Uncertainty and Global Sensitivity Analysis, Agent-Based Simulation.

Selected publications

Selected Publications:Borgonovo, E., Cappelli, V., Maccheroni, F., Marinacci, M. Risk analysis and decision theory: A bridge, (2018) European Journal of Operational Research, 264 (1), pp. 280-293.

Laengle, S., Merigó, J.M., Miranda, J., Słowiński, R., Bomze, I., Borgonovo, E., Dyson, R.G., Oliveira, J.F., Teunter, R.: Forty years of the European Journal of Operational Research: A bibliometric overview, (2017) European Journal of Operational Research, 262 (3), pp. 803-816.

Marangoni, G., Tavoni, M., Bosetti, V., Borgonovo, E., et al: "Sensitivity of projected long-term CO 2 emissions across the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (2017) Nature Climate Change, 7 (2), pp. 113-117.

Borgonovo, E., Aliee, H., Glaß, M., Teich, J. A new time-independent reliability importance measure (2016)  European Journal of Operational Research, 254 (2), pp. 427-442.

Borgonovo, E., Hazen, G.B., Plischke, E. A Common Rationale for Global Sensitivity Measures and Their Estimation (2016) Risk Analysis, 36 (10), pp. 1871-1895.

Borgonovo, E., Plischke, E. Sensitivity analysis: A review of recent advances (2016), European Journal of Operational Research, 248 (3), pp. 869-887.
(This paper has been inserted in the list of "40 trendsetting papers of the last 40 years" by the European Journal of Operational Research).

Cucurachi, S., Borgonovo, E., Heijungs, R. A Protocol for the Global Sensitivity Analysis of Impact Assessment Models in Life Cycle Assessment, (2016) Risk Analysis, 36 (2), pp. 357-377.

Borgonovo, E., Marinacci, M., Decision analysis under ambiguity, (2015) European Journal of Operational Research, 244 (3), art. no. 12770, pp. 823-836.

Borgonovo E., Tarantola S., Plischke E., and Morris M.D., 2014: “Transformations and Invariance in the Sensitivity Analysis of Computer Experiments,” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, forthcoming.

Baucells M. and Borgonovo E., 2013: “Invariant Probabilistic Sensitivity Analysis,” Management Science, 59 (11), pp. 2536-2549.

Borgonovo E. and Tonoli F., 2014: “Decision-Network Polynomials and the Sensitivity of Decision Support Models,” European Journal of Operational Research.

Plischke E., Borgonovo E. and Smith C.L., 2013: “Global Sensitivity Measures from Given Data,” European Journal of Operational Research, 226:536–550.

Borgonovo E. and Smith C.L.,2012; “Epistemic Uncertainty, Multilinearity and Risk Achievement Worth,” European Journal of Operational Research, 222(2), pp. 301-311.

Castaings W., Borgonovo E., Morris M.D. and Tarantola S., 2012: “Sampling Strategies in Density-Based Sensitivity Analysis,” Environmental Modelling & Software, 38, pp. 13-26.

Borgonovo E. and Tarantola S., 2012: “Advances in Sensitivity Analysis,” Editorial for the Special Issue “Advances in Sensitivity Analysis”, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 107, pp. 1-2.

Borgonovo E., Zenter I., Pellegri, A., Tarantola, S., and de Rocquigny E., 2013: “On the importance of uncertain factors in seismic fragility assessment,” Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 109, pp. 66-76.

Borgonovo E. and Smith C.L., 2011: “A Study of Interactions in the Risk Assessment of Complex Engineering Systems: An Application to Space PSA,” Operations Research, 59(6), 1461-1476.

Borgonovo E. Castaings W. and Tarantola S., 2012: “Emulators in Moment Independent Sensitivity Analysis: An Application to Environmental Modelling,” Environmental Modelling&Software, 34, pp. 105-115.

M. Percoco and E. Borgonovo, 2011: “ A note on the sensitivity analysis of the internal rate of return,” International Journal of Production Economics, forthcoming.

Borgonovo E., 2010: “The Reliability Importance of Components and Prime Implicants in Coherent and Non-Coherent Systems Including Total-Order Interactions,” European Journal of Operational Research, 204, pp. 485–495.

Borgonovo E., 2010: “Sensitivity Analysis with Finite Changes: an Application to Modified EOQ Models”, European Journal of Operational Research, 200, pp. 127–138.

Borgonovo E. and Peccati L., 2011: “Finite Change Comparative Statics for Risk Coherent Inventories,” International Journal of Production Economics, forthcoming, 131(1),52-62.

Beccacece F. and Borgonovo E., 2011: “Function decomposition, monotonicity and ultramodularity: applications to multi-attribute utility theory”, European Journal of Operational Research, 210, 326-335.

Borgonovo E., W. Castaings and S. Tarantola, 2011: “Moment Independent Importance Measures: New Results and Analytical Test Cases,” Risk Analysis, 31 (3), pp. 404-428.

Borgonovo E., 2010: “A Methodology for Determining Interactions in PSA models by Varying One Parameter At-a-Time,” Risk Analysis, 30 (3), pp. 385-399.

Borgonovo, E., A new uncertainty importance measure, (2007) Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 92 (6), pp. 771-784.

Borgonovo E. and G.E. Apostolakis, 2001: “A new importance measure for risk-informed decision making,” Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 72 (2), pp. 193-212.