Humanitarian logistics

handThe vast majority of research in the field of operations research focuses on solving problems that arise in the private sector. The usual goal is to optimize an industrial process with the objective of minimizing the total cost or any other economic measure. The humanitarian sector, despite its very different motivation, is also confronted with problems that are very similar to those tackled in the private sector. For example, the hurricane Katrina that hit the coast of Louisiana in 2005 led to a huge logistics operation. Around 1.5 million people were evacuated once the hurricane made landfall. Only in the Louisiana Superdome, more than 26000 people took refuge for several days as the storm came ashore. Keeping a constant flow of supplies (water, food, medicines…) to the shelters demanded a well-developed operational plan and an enormous effort. In cases like this one, the main goal is not to reduce the total cost of the operation, but to provide a reliable and well-timed service. In the last years, these challenging problems in the humanitarian sector have received increasingly more attention.

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Publications

  • P. Maya Duque, I. S. Dolinskaya, and K. Sörensen, "Network repair crew scheduling and routing for emergency relief distribution problem," European journal of operational research, vol. 248, iss. 1, pp. 272-285, 2016.
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    @article{maya2016network,
    title = {Network repair crew scheduling and routing for emergency relief distribution problem},
    author = {Maya Duque, Pablo and Dolinskaya, Irina S. and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {European Journal of Operational Research},
    volume = {248},
    number = {1},
    pages = {272 - 285},
    year = {2016},
    doi = {10.1016/j.ejor.2015.06.026},
    keywords = {humanitarian logistics},
    }
  • P. Maya Duque, K. Sörensen, and P. Goos, "A metaheuristic for a teaching assistant assignment-routing problem," Computers & operations research, vol. 39, iss. 2, pp. 249-258, 2012.
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    @article{maya2012metaheuristic,
    title = {A metaheuristic for a teaching assistant assignment-routing problem},
    author = {Maya Duque, Pablo and Sörensen, Kenneth and Goos, Peter},
    journal = {Computers \& Operations Research},
    volume = {39},
    number = {2},
    pages = {249--258},
    year = {2012},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    doi = {10.1016/j.cor.2011.04.001},
    keywords = {humanitarian logistics, vehicle routing problem},
    }
  • P. Maya Duque and K. Sörensen, "A GRASP metaheuristic to improve accessibility after a disaster," OR spectrum, vol. 33, iss. 3, pp. 525-542, 2011.
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    @article{maya2011grasp,
    title = {A {GRASP} metaheuristic to improve accessibility after a disaster},
    author = {Maya Duque, Pablo and Sörensen, Kenneth},
    journal = {{OR} spectrum},
    volume = {33},
    number = {3},
    pages = {525--542},
    year = {2011},
    publisher = {Springer},
    doi = {10.1007/s00291-011-0247-2},
    keywords = {humanitarian logistics},
    }
  • P. Maya Duque, K. Sörensen, and P. Goos, "An efficient metaheuristic to improve accessibility by rural road network planning," Electronic notes in discrete mathematics, vol. 36, pp. 631-638, 2010.
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    @article{maya2010efficient,
    title = {An efficient metaheuristic to improve accessibility by rural road network planning},
    author = {Maya Duque, Pablo and Sörensen, Kenneth and Goos, Peter},
    journal = {Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics},
    volume = {36},
    pages = {631--638},
    year = {2010},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    doi = {10.1016/j.endm.2010.05.080},
    keywords = {humanitarian logistics},
    }