Robust post-disaster route restoration

Aakil Caunhye, Nazli Yonca Aydin, H Sebnem Duzgun

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Route restoration is considered a task of foremost priority in disaster relief. In this paper, we propose a robust optimization approach to optimize post-disaster route restoration under uncertain restoration times. We present a novel decision rule based on restoration time ordering that yields optimal restoration sequencing and propose conditions for complexity reduction of the model and prove probability bounds on the satisfaction of these conditions. We implement our models in a realistic study of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1087
Number of pages33
JournalOR Spectrum
Early online date17 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Aug 2020


  • route restoration
  • robust optimization
  • decision rules
  • disaster relief

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