TKI Dinalog is the Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation, where companies, knowledge institutions, and the government collaborate on the innovation program of Topsector Logistiek. The consortium promotes the development of applicable knowledge for innovations in logistics. Recently, TKI has approved four research proposals addressing major societal challenges, such as waiting lists in acute elderly care and the rapid arrival of assistance in emergencies such as fires or severe accidents. CWI is involved in two of these proposals.
Optimizing volunteer deployment
The research proposal titled ‘Strategic Prescriptive Response for Immediate Needs Through Empowered Residents’ (SPRINTER) aims to improve the deployment of volunteers in emergency services. This will be achieved by developing mathematical models based on data and data analysis for Community First Responders (CFRs) systems.
"In acute cases where every second counts, ambulances or firefighters are usually too late. The idea is to utilize a network of volunteers who happen to be nearby at that moment," explains Rob van der Mei from the Stochastics group. Van der Mei is a co-applicant of the project, which will receive a total of half a million euros in funding. The main applicant for SPRINTER is the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Other partners include Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, the Red Cross, the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department, Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam Rijnmond, and Burgernet.