Allocation in Practice

Speaker:  Toby Walsh – Kensington, NSW, Australia
Topic(s):  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural language processing

Abstract

How do we allocate scarce sources? How do we fairly allocate costs? These are two pressing challenges facing society today. I discuss three recent projects concerning resource and cost allocation. In the first, we have been working with FoodBank Local, a social startup working in collaboration with food bank charities around the world to optimise the logistics of collecting and distributing donated food. Before we can distribute this food, we must decide how to allocate it to different charities and food kitchens. This gives rise to a fair division problem with several new dimensions, rarely considered in the literature. In the second, we have been exploring how better to match organs from deceased donors to patients. Like the foodbank problem, this is an online resource allocation problem. And in the third project, we have been looking at cost allocation within the distribution network of a large multinational company. This also has several new dimensions rarely considered in the literature.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  45
Duration:  45 - 60 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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