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Student: Sergio Sandoval
Office: CoRE 434
School: San Diego City College
E-mail: sase_687@hotmail.com
Project: Applying Line Graph to Resource Allocation During Extreme Events

Project Description

Over the past half century, the magnitude and cost of natural disasters has generally increased in the United States. As the number of these natural disasters continue to rise, it has become imperative to develop a system that efficiently allocates resources to affected areas and effectively distributes services during the emergency event. Using a Self-Service Bike Sharing System as a model to develop the solution, our objective is to use line graphs combined with principles of graph theory to develop a solution capable of optimizing resource allocation.

Weekly Log

Week 1:
Leonard Lopez and I were assigned as colleagues to work on this project. Our mentor, Dr. Eugene Fiorini, instructed us to become familiar with some graph theory concepts prior to the beginning of the program. The first week of the project we were able to manifest all of doubts about the project to get a better idea of what we are expecting to get as a solution for the problem. During the first week we started reading several articles and resources to gain as much information about graph theory and applications as we could. We created a poster with a general idea of our project and we presented it after the CCICADA (Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis) Conference on Wednesday. On Friday of the same week we presented our project to the other REU students.
Week 2:
We keep looking into articles and resources but just to keep getting more information. We narrowed the problem to "Resource Allocation During Extreme Events" but taking the fires in San Diego as our main concern. We started looking into articles more specific dealing with fire and the factors that affect its spreading. A weekly report of our advances was submitted to our mentor Dr. Eugene Fiorini.
Week 3:
We keep with reading articles and applications. Now that we have strong bases we start collecting real data from the fires that affected San Diego in 2007. We organize them in spread sheets and keep working to insert all the information into a graph.
Week 4:
I created a spreadsheet with all the information that could be an important factor for the spread of the fire. I gathered certain fires, still working in the analysis of the data.
Week 5:
I summarized all the articles I have read and reviewed in one single summary. Looking into making it more concise.
Week 6:
With our problem narrowed to fires in San Diego. We started looking into the correct allocation of firefighters for future extreme events. Taking a map of San Diego with a grid on top, we took various locations to set as nodes in our graph. I started collecting wind data of every node on the grid.
Week 7:
I created a spreadsheet with the wind conditions of every place of the grid during the week of October 20, 2007 to October 30, 2007. Leonard created a grid that generates random directions of the wind in Maple, mixing his grid with my data we will look into conditions to create an algorithm. Final presentations were due this week.


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