Capita selecta: Emergency Service Logistics

Date:

Date(s) for this course will be announced approximately two months before the start of the semester.

Time:

10.00 – 16.00 h

Location:

t.b.d.

Lecturer:

Prof. dr. R.D. van der Mei (CWI/VU)

Days

2

ECTS

0,5 (participating only) – 2 (participating + passing assignment)

Course fee

Free for TRAIL/Beta/OML members, others please contact the TRAIL office

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Objectives

The students will learn:

  • What is the state-of the-art in models and methods for determining strategic locations of resources urgently needed in emergency situations?
  • What is the state-of-the-art in models and methods for real-time operational planning of resources in emergency situations (dispatching, relocations).
  • How these models and methods are used in real-life practice.

Course description

In life-threatening emergency situations where every second counts, the timely presence of medical aid can make the difference between survival or death. In other emergency situations like machine breakdowns (of for example medical equipment), the timely presence of repairman not only saves cost but may also save lives. This raises the need for the development of models and methods to make sure that in emergency situation required resources are at the right time at the right place. Motivated by this, in the course the focus will be on developing and analyzing models for optimal resource planning, both at the strategic and at the operational level.

Assignment

The students will get a homework assignment in which the theory discussed during the course can be used to solve real-time emergency problems.

Program

Literature

Methodology

Course material

Prerequiste

The students should have a basic understanding of operations research, including stochastic and deterministic optimization problems.

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