Optimal geospatial allocation of volunteers for crisis management

J. Pielorz, C. Lampert, in:, IEEE, 2016.

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Volunteer supporters play an important role in modern crisis and disaster management. In the times of mobile Internet devices, help from thousands of volunteers can be requested within a short time span, thus relieving professional helpers from minor chores or geographically spread-out tasks. However, the simultaneous availability of many volunteers also poses new problems. In particular, the volunteer efforts must be well coordinated, or otherwise situations might emerge in which too many idle volunteers at one location become more of a burden than a relief to the professionals. In this work, we study the task of optimally assigning volunteers to selected locations, e.g. in order to perform regular measurements, to report on damage, or to distribute information or resources to the population in a crisis situation. We formulate the assignment tasks as an optimization problem and propose an effective and efficient solution procedure. Experiments on real data of the Team Österreich, consisting of over 36,000 Austrian volunteers, show the effectiveness and efficiency of our approach.
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2016-02-11
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The DRIVER FP7 project has received funding from the European Unions Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607798. RE-ACTA was funded within the framework of the Austrian Security Research Programme KIRAS by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.
Article Number
7402041
Conference
ICT-DM: Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management
Conference Location
Rennes, France
Conference Date
2015-11-30 – 2015-12-02
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Pielorz J, Lampert C. Optimal geospatial allocation of volunteers for crisis management. In: IEEE; 2016. doi:10.1109/ICT-DM.2015.7402041
Pielorz, J., & Lampert, C. (2016). Optimal geospatial allocation of volunteers for crisis management. Presented at the ICT-DM: Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management, Rennes, France: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICT-DM.2015.7402041
Pielorz, Jasmin, and Christoph Lampert. “Optimal Geospatial Allocation of Volunteers for Crisis Management.” IEEE, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICT-DM.2015.7402041.
J. Pielorz and C. Lampert, “Optimal geospatial allocation of volunteers for crisis management,” presented at the ICT-DM: Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management, Rennes, France, 2016.
Pielorz J, Lampert C. 2016. Optimal geospatial allocation of volunteers for crisis management. ICT-DM: Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management
Pielorz, Jasmin, and Christoph Lampert. Optimal Geospatial Allocation of Volunteers for Crisis Management. 7402041, IEEE, 2016, doi:10.1109/ICT-DM.2015.7402041.

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