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Dynamic vehicle routing with anticipation in disaster relief


  • Wohlgemuth, Sascha
  • Oloruntoba, Richard
  • Clausen, Uwe


Pickup and delivery problems (PDP), where locations may both receive and send goods, are an extension of the classical vehicle routing problem. This paper considers the application of a routing and scheduling problem for forwarding agencies handling less-than-truckload freight in disasters. The approach evaluates the benefits of dynamic optimization anticipating varying travel times (i.e., the availability of connections in this case) as well as unknown orders (i.e., the integration of demand regions on short-notice) in the specific environment of emergencies. The objective is to avoid delays and increase equipment utilization. We model a multi-stage mixed integer problem which is able to operate under variable demand and transport conditions.

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  • Wohlgemuth, Sascha & Oloruntoba, Richard & Clausen, Uwe, 2012. "Dynamic vehicle routing with anticipation in disaster relief," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 261-271.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:46:y:2012:i:4:p:261-271
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2012.06.001

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    1. Jin Qin & Yong Ye & Bi-rong Cheng & Xiaobo Zhao & Linling Ni, 2017. "The Emergency Vehicle Routing Problem with Uncertain Demand under Sustainability Environments," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(2), pages 1-24, February.
    2. Rivera-Royero, Daniel & Galindo, Gina & Yie-Pinedo, Ruben, 2016. "A dynamic model for disaster response considering prioritized demand points," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 59-75.
    3. Lu, Chung-Cheng & Ying, Kuo-Ching & Chen, Hui-Ju, 2016. "Real-time relief distribution in the aftermath of disasters – A rolling horizon approach," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 1-20.


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