Optimisation Methods in Wildfire Emergency Management

Name:Optimisation Methods in Wildfire Emergency Management
Calendar:Conferences & meetings
When:Mon, November 11, 2019 - Fri, November 15, 2019

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Optimisation Methods in Wildfire Emergency Management

Date: 11 November 2019
Venue: RMIT University – Swanston Academic Building, 445 Swanston Street; Level 5, room 12
followed by: GEO-SAFE International Wildfire Conference, 12–15 November

The problems arising in emergency management have to take into account a high level of uncertainty. In wildfire management, in particular, weather conditions, the stress level of vegetation, location of ignition and fire behaviour dynamics constitute the main sources of uncertainty. In order to protect communities in a safer and more efficient way, emergency management can use optimisation approaches that contribute to reduce uncertainty. Depending on the type of uncertainty and the objectives, the resulting optimisation problems can be classified in different paradigms including stochastic optimisation, robust optimisation, probabilistic combinatorial optimisation or online optimisation.

The workshop will screen the state of research in optimisation for wildfire emergency management and by extension, of any mathematical modelling approach aiming to improve the efficiency of emergency management. Details and updates are available on the workshop's website.

Two invited international experts on wildfire emergency management and optimisation methodologies will give a lecture:

  • Prof. Cristina Vega (Univ. Lleida, Spain)
    Towards a landscape fire management strategy in Southern Europe based on risk analysis: Unresolved spatial and mathematical issues
  • A/Prof. Aurélie Thiele (Southern Methodist Univ., Dallas, USA)
    An introduction to robust optimization with applications to emergency management

Who can participate?

The workshop is primary dedicated to PhD students and early career researchers. But everybody interested in the topic is welcome.

How to participate?

  • If you want to attend the workshop, send an email with your details to:

Marc Demange (marc.demange@rmit.edu.au).
Participation is free but registration is required (deadline 4 November).

  • If you want to present an abstract, send it to Marc Demange (marc.demange@rmit.edu.au) before 18 October 2019 addressing the following items:
    • Real problem that you are addressing.
    • Methodological approach that you are using to solve that problem.
    • Main challenges identified from the approach you are using.
    • Final outcome expected from your research and how this will be used to solve real life problems.

Opportunities for Participants

Australian attendees from AMSI Member organisations have access to funding via the AMSI Travel Fund. Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance. We recommend applying as soon as possible. http://research.amsi.org.au/travel-funding/

The Workshop will be followed by GEO-SAFE International Wildfire Conference from 12–15 November.

  • Early bird rates available until 18 October.


  • Marc Demanage (RMIT Univ.)
  • John Hearne (RMIT Univ.)
  • David Ellison (RMIT Univ.)
  • Marta Yebra (Australian Nat. Univ.)
  • Jagannath Aryal (Univ. Tasmania)
  • Núria Prat-Guitart (Pau Costa Foundation, Spain).
Location:RMIT University, city campus Map
Created:15 Oct 2019 06:18 am UTC
Modified:15 Oct 2019 06:20 am UTC
Updated: 15 Oct 2019