Optimization-based Evacuation on Cruise Vessels Using Two-way Communication
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We study the evacuation of large cruise vessels under hazardous conditions. Based on a new sensor mesh technology, allowing wire-less two-way communication also when electricity is lost, we propose an optimization-based procedure that provides real-time guidance to passengers. As a first step, we explore a lifeboat assignment procedure to illustrate some of the aspects linked to pedestrian evacuations on vessels and open the discussion for future work using operations research in a context where human behavioral is part of the problem.