Published on March 9, 2015
NICTA awarded the Richard Newton – Excellence in Research Award to the Optimisation Research Group’s – Evacuation Planning Project Team: Caroline Even, Victor Pillac, Pascal Van Hentenryck, Manuel Cebrian at Techfest 2015.
The Evacuation Planning team designed and implemented the first scalable algorithms for planning and scaling large-scale evacuations jointly modelling physical phenomena such as floods, the road infrastructure, and human behaviour. Their research was recognised internationally by best paper awards at major conferences. It was deployed to help inform the flood review and infrastructure improvements in NSW in collaboration with Infrastructure NSW and the NSW state emergency services. The research also led to three patent applications in the last two years and deployments are now under consideration.