A multi-agent framework for efficient food distribution in disaster areas

Umar Manzoor*, Maria Zubair, Kanwal Batool, Bassam Zafar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Disasters have been causing huge damages to infrastructure as well as human life for a long time. The time immediately following a disaster needs to be managed efficiently to minimise the damage to the human population in that area. One of the key challenges faced when disaster hits an area is efficient distribution of resources such as medicine, food, water, etc. In this paper, we propose a solution particularly for distribution of food which can be extended for any other resource as well. We have proposed a solution in which a big disaster region is divided into smaller areas (regions) and multi-agent systems are used to deliver food in these regions. Agents use shortest path algorithms and coordination to deliver food within their particular region efficiently. In the experiment section, we have performed different experiments to verify how the proposed solution performs when one of the parameters is changed and how this system performs in different scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-343
JournalInternational Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Coordination in multi-agent system
  • Disaster management
  • Food-distribution problem
  • Multi-agent systems


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