Market based adaptive resource allocation for distributed rescue teams

Guruprasad Airy, Tracy Mullen, John Yen

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Abstract

The dynamic nature of real-world rescue scenarios (e.g., military, emergency first response, hurricane relief) requires constant reevaluation of resource assignments. New events can trigger additional resource requirements generating conflicts about how to reassign resources across tasks in an emerging crisis. Reallocation is further complicated as some resources are synergistic (i.e., helicopter and pilot) and many distributed rescue teams have limited information about other teams' status. We show how integrating a team-based multi-agent planning system with standard combinatorial auction methods to dynamically re-allocate resources can maximize overall rescue utility while providing for graceful managed degradation under conditions of extreme stress. The key innovation of our approach is that we explicitly provide a framework that incorporates the costs involved in dynamically switching resources from one task to another. We compare our system's performance against two other approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Subtitle of host publicationBoundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
ISBN (Print)9789163346040
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: May 10 2009May 13 2009

Publication series

NameISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives

Other

Other6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period5/10/095/13/09

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Airy, G., Mullen, T., & Yen, J. (2009). Market based adaptive resource allocation for distributed rescue teams. In ISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives (ISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives). Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.