Simulation and optimization for rapid response after a disaster

A team of faculty and students from Old Dominion University’s Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering won $25,000 for its creative business model at the university’s first NATO Global Innovation Challenge. The team presented a project that used social media, operations research and big data algorithms and open innovation platforms to assign the best relief job to the right group of personnel and volunteers in the event of a disaster.

“You also have multiple organizations like the Red Cross working on the same location but without any coordination layered between which is an inefficient use of resources. This project addresses situational awareness so at every moment we know where help is needed.”

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