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Evaluation of centralised and autonomous routing strategies in major incident response

Wilson, Duncan, Hawe, Glenn, Coates, Graham and Crouch, Roger (2014) Evaluation of centralised and autonomous routing strategies in major incident response. Safety Science, 70 . pp. 80-88. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753514001052

DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2014.05.001

Abstract

Fast and efficient routing of emergency responders during the response to mass casualty incidents is a critical element of success. However, the predictability of the associated travel times can also have a significant effect on performance during the response operation. This is particularly the case when a decision support model is employed to assist in the allocation of resources and scheduling of operations, as such models typically rely on an ability to make accurate forecasts when evaluating candidate solutions. In this paper we explore how both routing efficiency and uncertainty in travel time prediction are affected by the routing strategy employed. A simulation study is presented, with results indicating that a routing strategy which allows responders to select routes autonomously, as opposed to being instructed via a central decision support program, leads to improvement in overall performance despite the associated increase in uncertainty in travel time prediction.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ID Code:29743
Deposited By: Dr Glenn Hawe
Deposited On:04 Jul 2014 09:10
Last Modified:04 Jul 2014 09:10

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