We are happy to invite contribution and participation to the Workshop


November 11 – RMIT University, city campus

co-funded by  GEO-SAFEAMSI and AustMS/ANZIAM

The problems arising in emergency management have to take into account a high level of uncertainty. In wildfire management, in particular, weather conditions, the stress level of vegetation, location of ignition and fire behaviour dynamics constitute the main sources of uncertainty. In order to protect communities in a safer and more efficient way, emergency management can use optimisation approaches that contribute to reduce uncertainty. Depending on the type of uncertainty and the objectives, the resulting optimisation problems can be classified in different paradigms including stochastic optimisation, robust optimisation, probabilistic combinatorial optimisation or online optimisation.

The workshop will screen the state of research in optimisation for wildefire emergency management  and by extension, of any mathematical modelling approach aiming to improve the efficiency of emergency management. Details and updates are available on the workshop’s website.

Two invited international experts on wildfire emergency management and optimisation methodologies will give a lecture:

Prof. Cristina Vega, Universitat de Lleida, Spain:Towards a landscape fire management strategy in Southern Europe based on risk analysis: Unresolved spatial and mathematical issues

Assoc. Prof. Aurélie Thiele, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA: “An introduction to robust optimization with applications to emergency management”

Who can participate? The workshop is primary dedicated to PhD students and early career researchers. But everybody interested in the topic is welcome.

Location: Melbourne, Vic., RMIT University – Swanston Academic Building 445 Swanston Street – Level 5, room 12.

How to participate? Is you want to attend the workshop, send an email with your details to M. Demange (marc.demange@rmit.edu.au).  Participation is free but registration is required (deadline  4th of November).

If you want to present an abstract, send it to Marc Demange (marc.demange@rmit.edu.au) before October 18th, 2019 addressing the following items:

  • Real problem that you are addressing.
  • Methodological approach that you are using to solve that problem.
  • Main challenges identified from the approach you are using.
  • Final outcome expected from your research and how this will be used to solve real life problems.


Australian attendees from AMSI Member organisations have access to funding via the AMSI Travel Fund. Students or early career researchers from AMSI member universities without access to a suitable research grant or other source of funding may apply to the Head of Mathematical Sciences for subsidy of travel and accommodation out of the departmental travel allowance. We recommend applying as soon as possible. http://research.amsi.org.au/travel-funding/

The Workshop will be followed by GEO-SAFE International Wildefire Conference from November 12 to November 15. Early bird rates available until October 18.

Organisers: Marc Demange, John Hearne, David Ellison (RMIT, Australia), Marta Yebra (Australia National University, Australia), Jagannath Aryal (University of Tasmania, Australia), Núria Prat-Guitart (Pau Costa Foundation, Spain).

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