CWI develops new mathematical techniques for optimal relocation and dispatch of fire trucks

On Monday 11 May Dmitrii Usanov will defend his PhD thesis. His research focused on dispatching and relocating resources in the emergency domain and the reduction of response times.

Publication date: 08-05-2020

On Monday 11 May Dmitrii Usanov will defend his PhD thesis Emergency response networks: dynamic dispatching and relocation of resources. His research focused on dispatching and relocating resources in the emergency domain and the reduction of response times

Emergency situations such as a breakdown of an MRI scanner or a domestic fire require a timely response. Resources needed to address such incidents should be stored in close proximity to potential incidents and dispatched on short notice. Dmitrii Usanov, PhD student at CWI’s Stochastics group, investigated operational issues, such as dispatching and relocation of these resources and has looked at ways to reduce response times using mathematical models.

Two focus areas
Dmitrii focused on two different application areas, namely maintenance services for capital goods and firefighting emergency services. In doing so, he obtained data and insights from the Fire Department of Amsterdam-Amstelland (FDAA) and Philips Healthcare.

Operational issues
In his research, Dmitrii examined two operational questions that arise at the FDAA. First, how to optimally relocate fire trucks when a major incident occurs? Second, how to optimally dispatch fire trucks to incidents under stochastic driving times? He demonstrated that significant improvements can be made in reducing the number of late arrivals. One of the developed algorithms is currently being tested at the FDAA as a pilot project.

Dmitrii also investigated similar operational questions arising in maintenance services for capital goods. These include, which service engineers should be dispatched to what breakdowns, and how should these engineers be relocated to maintain good coverage? Additionally, he looked into the topic of condition-based maintenance, and how incorporating condition monitoring can benefit better decision making in spare parts management.

You are cordially invited to join the PhD defense of Dmitrii Usanov online On Monday 11th of May 2020 at 13.45. Please join the live event via this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnN8TaVYe83472ewz9CH9HA

Promotor: Prof. dr. Rob van der Mei - VU

Co-promotor: Dr. ir. Peter van de Ven