Goodeve Medal

This award was named in memory of Sir Charles Goodeve, pictured right, who was one of the founders and pioneers of civilian operational research after World War 2 and a leader for many years of the OR Club and The OR Society.

The Goodeve Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of OR published in the Journal of the OR Society (JORS) within the relevant year.

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Citation for Goodeve Medal 2018

Agha Iqbal Ali, Isenberg School of Management, MA USA, and Guven Ince, Nature Source Genetics, NY USA

Distress among disaster-affected populations: delay in relief provision      

Journal of the Operational Research Society, 68 (5): 533-543

With major disasters seemingly even more common these days, this is a very important piece of work. It looks at the issue from the point of view of those impacted (compared to a number of studies concerned with making relief more efficient overall).

In this paper, the authors characterize two levels of distress, termed criticality and destitution, with respect to the delay provision of relief items. Delay in provision of a relief item will lead to destitution for a tolerable number of days, beyond which it will lead to criticality. They develop a mixed-integer goal program that quantifies these two metrics with respect to the number of days without provision of each of a set of relief items. The model determines the allocation of resources and the distribution of available relief items in a manner that minimizes criticality and destitution in affected population segments.

The use of the model is illustrated covering for the aftermath of a fictional catastrophic earthquake in a major city. The paper pinpoints the distinguishing characteristic of humanitarian logistics: that the requirements for resources are greatest at the onset of distribution. Strategic planning of disaster relief, beyond the consideration of infrastructure and storage of relief items, must include the establishment of protocols for immediate deployment of transport and manpower capacity.

Agha Iqbal Ali and Guven Ince winners of 2018 Goodeve Medal with John Hopes.

Agha Iqbal Ali and Guven Ince with OR Society President John Hopes.

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