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Peer review of research proposals and articles is an essential element in R&D processes worldwide. Here we consider a problem which, to the best of our knowledge, has not been addressed until now: how to assign subsets of proposals to reviewers in scenarios where the reviewers supply their evaluations through ordinal ranking. The solution approach we(More)
In this paper we present a new combinatorial problem, called minmax multidimensional knapsack problem (MKP), motivated by a military logistics problem. The logistics problem is a two-period, two-level, chance-constrained problem with recourse. We show that the MKP is NP-hard and develop a practically efficient combinatorial algorithm for solving it. We also(More)
Responding to a possible bioterror attack of Smallpox has become a major concern to governments, local public officials and health authorities. This concern has been reflected in numerous studies that model and evaluate possible response strategies. Many of these studies consider only vaccination policies and assume homogeneous mixing, where all instances(More)
The problem of aggregating a set of ordinal rankings of n alternatives has given rise to a number of consensus models. Among the most common of these models are those due to Borda and Kendall, which amount to using average ranks, and the /1 and /2 distance models. A common criticism of these approaches is their use of ordinal rank position numbers directly(More)
In insurgency situations, the government-organized force is confronted by a small guerrilla group that is dispersed in the general population with no or a very small signature. Effective counterinsurgency operations require good intelligence. Absent intelligence, not only might the insurgents escape unharmed and continue their violent actions, but(More)
— This paper presents an algorithmic framework for conducting search and identification missions using multiple heterogeneous agents. Dynamic objects of type " neutral " or " target " move through a discretized environment. Probabilistic representation of the current level of situational awareness – knowledge or belief of object locations and identities –(More)
During counterinsurgency operations, government forces with superior firepower confront weaker low-signature insurgents. Under what conditions should government (Blue) forces attack insurgent (Red) strongholds? How should the government allocate its force across different strongholds when the insurgents' threat to the Blue civilian population must be taken(More)