Journal article

Inventory routing for defense: Moving supplies in adversarial and partially observable environments

Michelle Blom, Slava Shekh, Don Gossink, Tim Miller, Adrian R Pearce

The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation Applications Methodology Technology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Future defense logistics will be heavily reliant on autonomous vehicles for the transportation of supplies. We consider a dynamic logistics problem in which: multiple supply item types are transported between suppliers and consuming (sink) locations; and autonomous vehicles (road-, sea-, and air-based) make decisions on where to collect and deliver supplies in a decentralized manner. Sink nodes consume dynamically varying demands (whose timing and size are not known a priori). Network arcs, and vehicles, experience failures at times, and for durations, that are not known a priori. These dynamic events are caused by an adversary, seeking to disrupt the network. We design domain-dependent plan..

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Grants

Awarded by DST Group (Australia)


Awarded by University of Melbourne on "Decentralised Algorithms for the Network Distribution Problem'' (MYIP)


Funding Acknowledgements

This project has been funded through a Research Agreement between DST Group (Australia) and the University of Melbourne on "Decentralised Algorithms for the Network Distribution Problem'' (MYIP # 6810).