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CORMSIS Seminar "Improving the efficiency of patient diagnostic specimen collection with the aid of a multi-modal routing algorithm" - Andy Oakey Event

1 April 2021
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Event details

The movement of patient diagnostic specimens is not generally very effective for fast sample delivery. Equally, the modes used are not greatly sustainable. A new method exploring the combined use of multiple transport modes to move samples is devised in the ‘sustainable specimen collection problem’. Initially, a new algorithm to create and optimise solutions is explored, investigating how road vehicles and bicycles can be used in a deterministic model using real data in the Solent region. This problem is then developed further to explore the problem further, using electric vehicles and drones (UAVs) to further enhance environmental benefits, whilst maintaining good collection times and practical operations.

Speaker information

Andy Oakey, a PhD Researcher under Prof. Tom Cherrett in the Transportation Research Group in the Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering. His research is exploring the use of mixed mode, modern, and sustainable logistics technologies to support the NHS, notably with the introduction of drones (UAVs) into the Solent region of England. He is also involved in the e-Drone and Solent Future Transport Zone project investigating similar issues.

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