Complex Systems Group (CxSy Group)

Selected Highlights

Article on Network-based Evaluation of Disaster Relief Operations featured on the Straits Times and EurekAlert!

28th April 2014

Researchers from the CxSy group of IHPC recently co-authored a journal article titled "A network perspective on the calamity, induced inaccessibility of communities and the robustness of centralized, landbound relief efforts." In this article, the authors presented a model that looks into the logistics of disaster relief using open data and tools and measures developed in the field of network science.

The proposed model is aimed at alleviating major challenges faced in the implementation of effective relief efforts post-disaster due to potential infrastructural changes, e.g. the destruction of road systems and damage to the facilities or warehouses that serve as storage for relief supplies. The model utilizes contemporary tools in complex networks to assess the flow of goods and quantify the reachability of critical areas within a disaster area. To illustrate the utility of the developed methodology, the authors used as an example the city of Tacloban in the central Philippines that was hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013; which claimed 6000 lives and displaced around 4.1 million more.

The research is in collaboration with the Distributed Computing Group of IHPC together with The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific.

The article is the highlight of the current issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics C. It was featured in The Straits Times on the 28th of April 2014 as well as in EurekAlert, a global news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (AAAS)

Read the full articles here -
Mapping a tool to guide rescuers in disaster zones. - The Straits Times
Researchers propose network-based evaluation tool to assess relief operations feasibility. - EurekAlert