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Brief communication: Vehicle routing problem and UAV application in the post-earthquake scenario

  • Autori: Cannioto, M.; D’Alessandro, A.; Lo Bosco, G.; Scudero, S.; Vitale, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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In this paper we simulate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recognition after a possible case of diffuse damage after a seismic event in the town of Acireale (Sicily, Italy).Given a set of sites (84 relevant buildings) and the range of the UAV, we are able to find a number of vehicles to employ and the shortest survey path. The problem of finding theshortest survey path is an operational research problem called the vehicle routing problem (VRP). which has a solution that is known to be computationally time-consuming. We used the simulated annealing (SA) heuristic, which is able to provide stable solutions in a relatively short computing time.We also examined the distribution of the cost of the solutions varying the depot on a regular grid in order to find the best area for executing the survey.