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Planning the last-mile delivery of humanitarian aid using drones and trucks

Shumye, A.M. (2022) Planning the last-mile delivery of humanitarian aid using drones and trucks.

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Abstract:The research presented in this paper aims to obtain scientific insights for the operational logistics decisions related to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, in humanitarian missions in the aftermath of a major human-made or natural disaster. These decisions include vehicle allocation and routing decisions for multiple modes of transportation including flying routes to certain locations where humanitarian organizations are requesting relief goods such as first aid supplies, emergency medical supplies and food items. One of the main contributions of this study is the design of a metaheuristic vehicle assignment and routing algorithm that makes vehicle allocation and routing decisions involving trucks and drones with the aim of optimizing the distribution of emergency medical supplies to hospitals. We use the case of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake to illustrate the challenges in humanitarian logistics and evaluate our proposed solution.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Wings For Aid, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics, 54 computer science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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