This project focuses on transportation planning for emergency response, from both a behavioral and a modeling perspective. One key element missing from our understanding of humanitarian supply chains is the role of people, whose ability to improvise and to learn from experience may provide some advantages in the humanitarian context. On the other hand, mathematical models can better handle complex information and search large decision spaces. This project seeks to develop better decision-making approaches by understanding and building upon the strengths of people and models.
Humanitarian Response Lab
The MIT Humanitarian Response Lab conducts research to understand and improve crisis response systems. It focuses on two key components within these systems: supply chain management and decision making processes. Supply chains are the critical link in meeting needs with supplies provided by donors; and MIT researchers have years of experience designing supply chains and developing management approaches. Response Lab researchers also combine experience in optimizing decisions and developing technology to create new automation tools and decision support systems for a broad range of critical decisions during a crisis.
The MIT Humanitarian Response Lab has a passion for placing students in the field and putting ideas into practice. Each course incorporates guest speakers and exercises drawn from field experience; and the Response Lab strives to connect students with internships and other field-based engagements. All research projects involve partners from the government, NGO and or private sectors; and researchers remain involved with partners through implementation challenges. Finally, the Response Lab aims to build capacity within the MIT community to play a productive role in supporting response actions.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Jarrod Goentzel (firstname.lastname@example.org).