Integrated Trajectory Optimisation and Location‐Routing Method for Rapid Medical Deliveries using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Conference paper : International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters

Abstract

Battery-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are increasingly used to enhance humanitarian response. An ongoing initiative led by the World Food Programme is exploring their integration in response mechanisms, including last-mile relief distribution systems. Preliminary outcomes from this study are used to develop a relationship between payloads and energy consumption, considering vehicle endurance and other limitations. Building on this, we develop a non-linear trajectory optimisation model for battery-optimal flight paths. A bi-level location-routing heuristic is also developed, to determine the optimal location of supporting infrastructure in the distribution supply chain.

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Jose Escribano-Macias
PhD Student

Researcher on humanitarian logistics, focusing on the use of drones for relief delivery

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Panagiotis Angeloudis
Associate Professor

Associate Professor in Transport Systems and Logistics, with a passion for CS, OR and their role in transforming transportation.