project.pdf - IEMS 313 Project Spring 2020 Deliverable 1 Due Friday May 8th Deliverable 2 Due Wednesday June 3rd The novel coronavirus outbreak has

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IEMS 313 Project Spring 2020 Deliverable 1 Due: Friday, May 8th Deliverable 2 Due: Wednesday, June 3rd The novel coronavirus outbreak has caused significant disruption this quarter. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how operations research is being used in real time to help decision makers make better decisions. This project is a modified version of work that was conducted in March 2020, and was presented to high-level stakeholders in the governmental response. In light of the changes to the course, this project is an individual exercise. However, you are welcome to discuss models and approaches with your classmates. When submitting each deliverable, include a signed statement outlining who you discussed the project with, and what topics you dis- cussed. You have a number of subjective decisions to make. Discuss possible options with others, but make a decision and justify it by yourself. Background The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has placed extraordinary stress on public health systems world- wide. Decisions made by various stakeholders are literally matters of life-and-death. One key decision that needs to be made concerns the pre-positioning of critical medical equip- ment (e.g., personal protective equipment, masks, ventilators). The United States has a Strategic National Stockpile of such equipment for pandemic emergencies like the one we find ourselves in today. This equipment is held in secret warehouses around the country, and is ready to be deployed to various cities as needed. Your goal is to decide how much equipment to send to each city. Note that once equipment is sent to a city, it cannot be re-deployed to different cities. In addition, equipment must be sent to cities before we know the severity of the pandemic. Our collaborators have a sophisticated model for how the disease will spread given a set of assumptions. Using this model, they have conducted 200 simulations, and then calculated how much equipment will be needed in each of the 217 cities. You have been provided a CSV file with these simulations results. (I won’t tell you what type of equipment we are modeling, or what the units are.) The rows of the CSV file are the 217 cities in the simulation, and the columns are the
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