CHRP 512 AS - Cognitive Software for Decision Support

CHRP 512 AS is a cognitive software based on a fuzzy logic program aimed at facilitating and supporting decision making. Originally theorized and designed by Professor Andrea Pitasi, the software was implemented by a multidisciplinary team.

Pitasi’s goal was to understand and facilitate decision making in order to support top brains who are frequently involved in very complex, fast, and delicate decisions.

A turning point in his research and studies occurred in 1998 when he was a visiting scholar in Texas. He had the chance to test his theory again, in Kansas, during the tragic days of the “Attack on America”. After that experience, Pitasi repeatedly revised the project, finally grounding its theoretical foundations in chapter 6 of his 2003 book “Universi Paralleli”. [ Franco Angeli Publishing Co,Milan 2003]

The software CHRP 512 AS is based on the epistemological framework of radical constructivism (Pitasi 2003, pp. 97-101).

This cognitive tool aims to relativize and downsize negative influences deriving from three well-known issues:

A) Descartes’ erroneous separation of mind and body. Thus the concept of “mind”, “conscience” and “soul” considered as epiphenomena. For us, the human being is an evolutionary brain embedded and embodied in its environment.

B) Miller’s Problem: the American psychologist George Miller’s vision of the human being as an inefficient cognitive, perceptive and communicative system.

As regards the above, the software lies on a cognitive and strategic level that is implicitly post-human since human evolution is characterized by a human-centered (such as in fuzzy logic) man-machine reassessment evolving from a cognitive and embodied point of view. By not thinking about it, we risk falling into metaphysical obscurantism.

Broadly speaking, the problem for organizations is efficiency and productivity of capital, from both an intellectual and traditional standpoint. Given that customers and employees also need job or role satisfaction within an organization, Pitasi’s aim with CHRP 512 AS was to devise a tool for facilitating the matching of supply and demand in the job market.

The software CHRP 512 AS deals with the management of choices and its environments. The name derives from the four words “construction”, “hedonism”, “relativism”, “pragmatism”. These are the key four of nine criteria through which we usually make our own choices: adventure, foreigner, complexity, construction, hedonism, relativism, pragmatism, order and self-consciousness. The observer works on different levels of reality, on a level of self-consciousness/non consciousness in respect of his own consciousness and his multiple intelligences.

All of them, as the acronym, gaze at their opposite.

This idea played an important role in the “Knowledge for Innovation” project. Funded with a €420.000 grant from the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) and managed by UNISOB (www, it was developed by a multidisciplinary team, inspired by Professor Pitasi, into the real cognitive software CHRP 512 AS. With input from scholars, managers and professionals coordinated by Professor Lucio D’Alessandro, UNISOB Dean of the Educational Sciences Faculty, and in partnership with technical backers of the caliber of Siemens, the resulting cognitive software is ideal for applications such as the selection of company human resources.

The intellectual adventure led Pitasi to see scholars as analysts and experts, able to focus their attention and skills on problem-solving issues, in the short, medium and long term. The know-how of a true and successful scholar can be applied to valuable and measurable goals.

The software is structured around an 86-point questionnaire, interweaving the Multiple Intelligence model by Gardner, Seligman’s distinction between Vocation, Job and Career, and Kralijc’s matrix, together with the nine CHRP criteria listed above. Upon answering the 86 questions, users get a profile description consistent with their input. CHRP 512 AS defines an 11-macroprofile set which is a fuzzy systematization of the potential 512 microprofiles the software might generate.

Further details

Professor Andrea Pitasi, PhD
Suor Orsola Benincasa U
Via Suor Orsola 10
80135 Naples, Italy
Phone (direct line): +39 81 2522353
Fax: +39 81 401667