Covering and localization problems
Other fields in which Operations Research might help:
How to cope with reduced offer for critical services?
- public transportation. Although social distancing needs to be further promoted, demand for transportation needs to be satisfied. Although, the offered service needs to b reduced, both for scarce availability of drivers, and for low demand.
Which bus lines to maintain active in order to cover the region where demand for transportation arises?
- Set covering models: which facilities, (shops, gasoline stations, ….) are we allowed to maintain open so that they are as few as possible, yet they cover current needs?
- Set packing models: which facilities (supermarkets, shops, …) should we keep open so that they are as much as possible, yet no two are “too close” each other?
- obnoxious path planning: how to choose a path which minimizes contact events