Elise Miller-Hooks

Student Support for: Dynamic Team Deployment in Urban Search and Rescue

Project 41

An effective urban search and rescue (USAR) response in post-disaster situations is crucial to saving lives and minimizing injuries. This work develops optimization-based strategies for real-time deployment of international, federal, state and/or local (e.g., voluntary) USAR teams that build on region-wide damage assessment capabilities and survival probability estimation techniques. Developed techniques will provide quick, easy to interpret, solutions, optimal strategies or protocols for re-assigning and re-routing teams to sites for use in a real-time environment. These techniques will exploit a priori information (e.g., building inventories, building materials and use, fragility functions) and real-time remotely sensed pre- and post-disaster images of the impacted area, data from structural health monitoring systems, and rapid inspection results.

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Source of Funding:
Mid-Atlantic University Transportation Center (MAUTC) funded through the USDOT
PI on subaward, Co-PI on main award
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Project 41


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

Office: 4614 Nguyen Engineering Building

Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
Fairfax, VA 22030


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