Simulation and optimization for rapid response after a disaster

Old Dominion cloud-based platform seeks to coordinate relief efforts

By Ghaith Rabadi

According to Our World in Data website, natural disasters accounted for an average of 60,000 deaths per year in the past decade, but given the high year-to-year variability in the data, some devastating events pushed the number to more than 200,000 in some cases (“Natural Disasters,” Hannah Ritchie, OurWorldInData.org). The numbers are staggeringly high when human-caused disasters, wars, and pandemics are included. With the rate at which the climate is changing, no one expects natural disasters’ frequency and intensity to decline any time soon.


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