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Future Internet 2013, 5(4), 515-534; doi:10.3390/fi5040515

Managing Emergencies Optimally Using a Random Neural Network-Based Algorithm

Intelligent Systems & Networks Group, EEE, Imperial College, London SW7 2BT, UK
Received: 28 August 2013 / Revised: 20 September 2013 / Accepted: 29 September 2013 / Published: 16 October 2013
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Emergency rescues require that first responders provide support to evacuate injured and other civilians who are obstructed by the hazards. In this case, the emergency personnel can take actions strategically in order to rescue people maximally, efficiently and quickly. The paper studies the effectiveness of a random neural network (RNN)-based task assignment algorithm involving optimally matching emergency personnel and injured civilians, so that the emergency personnel can aid trapped people to move towards evacuation exits in real-time. The evaluations are run on a decision support evacuation system using the Distributed Building Evacuation Simulator (DBES) multi-agent platform in various emergency scenarios. The simulation results indicate that the RNN-based task assignment algorithm provides a near-optimal solution to resource allocation problems, which avoids resource wastage and improves the efficiency of the emergency rescue process. View Full-Text
Keywords: rescuers; random neural network (RNN); task assignment rescuers; random neural network (RNN); task assignment
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Han, Q. Managing Emergencies Optimally Using a Random Neural Network-Based Algorithm. Future Internet 2013, 5, 515-534.

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