Optimizing the arrangement of post-disaster rescue activities: An agent-based simulation approach

Shuang Chang, Manabu Ichikawa, Hiroshi Deguchi, Yasuhiro Kanatani

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This work aims to tackle the following two research questions regarding post-disaster rescues: how to optimize the rescue team dispatch based on the specialties of the team and the type of damage incurred, and how to optimize the allocation of injured patients to hospitals based on their symptoms, the rescue teams allocated, and the abilities of the hospitals to minimize fatalities. Rather than handling these two problems separately, we formulate them into an integrated system. A real-coded genetic algorithm is applied to minimize the estimated transport time in terms of distance, and the disparity between resource supply and demand. A set of scenarios is simulated and analyzed to provide insight for policy makers. Further, the simulated results can be used for future post-disaster medical assistance training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1210
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Agent-based simulation
  • Post-disaster management
  • Resource allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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