Chair Rennes Métropole

Operations Models and Artificial Intelligence to Manage Disasters

The objective of this Chair is to provide decision-makers (public organisations, governments, cities, etc.) with decision support tools (mathematical models, decision support systems, software) to deal with natural (including pandemics/ epidemics) and man-made disasters (including technological disasters). For example, developing logistics approaches to optimise vaccines’ production, delivery, and distribution nationwide is a relevant possibility.

We will propose solutions based on distributed algorithms and real-time data processing regarding natural and technological disasters. In particular, we utilize artificial intelligence to ensure near-optimal solutions to the problems raised (e.g., victim location and rescue, aid distribution etc.).

Specifically, we highlight two types of disasters: (1) natural disasters (particularly pandemics/) epidemics and (2) man-made disasters ( particularly technological disasters, industrial accidents and transportation accidents). We aim to develop analytical models for operations management for pandemics to secure the supply of critical items before, during, and after pandemics. For human, natural and natural and technological disasters, we aim to develop artificial intelligence models using drones to save human lives in the event of a disaster.


A collaborative project

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This chair project is led by Reza ZANJIRANI FARAHANI and will be linked to the IRISA research unit at IMT Atlantique (Rennes).

Therefore, this chair project is partially collaborative between Rennes School of Business and IMT Atlantique.