Multi-modal transportation planning for multi-commodity rebalancing under uncertainty in humanitarian logistics

Xuehong Gao (Corresponding Author), Xuefeng Jin, Pai Zheng, Can Cui

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Multi-commodity rebalancing plays a critical role before and during the attack of large-scale disasters. In practice, some relief centers can be out of reach from the ground for vehicles due to the road disruption. Accordingly, alternative transportation systems are essential to maximize fairness and minimize the total transportation time, simultaneously. However, little study has reported on this issue for humanitarian logistics. To address it, a bi-objective stochastic optimization model is proposed to rebalance and transport commodities with the multi-modal transportation system. This work first linearizes the model and then applies an adaptive augmented E-constraint method to obtain a number of Pareto-optimal solutions. Furthermore, a case study of an emergency event is carried out, of which the computational results indicate its decision making effectiveness. Lastly, sensitivity analysis on critical parameters is conducted and the trade-off between the objectives is also analyzed to provide valuable managerial insights.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101223
JournalAdvanced Engineering Informatics
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Commodity rebalancing
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Multi-modal transportation
  • Stochastic programming
  • Transportation planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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