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The students will learn:
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.
To prepare for the course, the following papers are interesting:
1. C.J. Jagtenberg, S. Bhulai and R.D. van der Mei (2016). An efficient heuristic for real-time ambulance redeployment. Operations Research for Health Care 4, 27-35.
2. P.L. van den Berg, G.A.G. Legemaate and R.D. van der Mei (2017). Boosting the response-time performance of firefighter services by Mathematical Programming. Interfaces 47, 352-361.