Modeling multiple humanitarian objectives in emergency response to large-scale disasters Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In this paper, we characterize the humanitarian objectives of emergency resource allocation and distribution in disaster response operations. We formulate the humanitarian principles as three objective functions, i.e., lifesaving utility, delay cost and fairness. An integrated multi-objective optimization model that combines resource allocation with emergency distribution is developed, where a time space network is used to incorporate the frequent information and decision updates in a rolling horizon approach. The proposed model is shown to be a convex quadratic network flow problem, for which we design an efficient Variational Inequality algorithm. Computational results are reported to illustrate the performance of the proposed model and algorithm.

publication date

  • March 2015