Accession Number : ADA620660


Title :   Improving Emergency Management by Modeling Ant Colonies


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : McFadden, Ryan K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620660.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 63


Abstract : The focus of this thesis is to identify whether emergency management can be modeled after ant colonies, perfectly emergent organizations, in order to better manage an autonomous response. An ant colony uses a dense and resilient communications system that incorporates a positive feedback loop, which allows the organization to be adaptable. Currently, emergency management organizations are experimenting with social media to establish a communications system similar to the positive feedback loop used by ant colonies. This thesis advocates that following a disaster, an emergency management organization gather information from the public through an Internet survey. The survey would be quickly processed and provide critically needed information.


Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS , *CRISIS MANAGEMENT , *DISASTERS , *WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS , COMMUNICATIONS TRAFFIC , DELAY , EMERGENCIES , FEEDBACK , FORMICIDAE , HOMELAND SECURITY , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , INTERNET , MESSAGE PROCESSING , MOBILE COMPUTING , NETWORK ARCHITECTURE , ONLINE COMMUNITIES , PUBLIC SAFETY , RADIO BROADCASTING , RESPONSE , SIGNAL PROCESSING , SURVEYS , SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , THESES , TRANSMITTER RECEIVERS


Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Escape, Rescue and Survival
      Radio Communications
      Command, Control and Communications Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE