Embedded Analytics: Improving Decision Support for Humanitarian Logistics Operations

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Analytical techniques continue to advance in efficacy, as well as complexity. However, it is sometimes unrealistic to employ complex analyses during time-constrained humanitarian disaster operations. We propose that simple, embedded analytics tools can provide an effective and practical means toward managing humanitarian operations. In this paper, we demonstrate a real-world application of our technique in a patient evacuation context. This paper contributes to literature and practice by showing how simple analytic methods and open-source imagery tools can offer significant value to the humanitarian operations literature. The application also highlights some challenges to drawing a clear picture from disparate data sources in the humanitarian operations domain.


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Annals of Operations Research