ORCIBS SEMINAR -Bahar Yetis Kara

Author: CASE
Time: 11:00
Location: CASE Z-08



Speaker:   Bahar Yetis Kara -Bilkent University

Title:        Humanitarian Logistics

Date:         Friday, 07 December  2018

Time           11:00-12:15

Place:         CASE Z-08

Abstract: Many incidents requiring humanitarian assistance, which can be categorized mainly as disasters and long term crises, have taken place in the recent years. Humanitarian logistics play a crucial role in managing these events because of the response time constraints, limited resource amounts and high levels of uncertainty. Therefore, it is apparent that the challenges faced in humanitarian logistics differ from the conventional challenges encountered in commercial logistics applications such as having conflicting goals for different parties, funding and political issues. In this tutorial, we provide an introduction to humanitarian logistics by defining its characteristics, application areas and challenges. Then, we analyze and synthesize relief logistics and development logistics literature based on Operations Research (OR) problems encountered in disaster management cycle while putting emphasis on the last 10 years. For the preparedness phase a certain case study will be discussed using a real life dataset from Kartal region of Istanbul. And for development logistics, a case study on providing healthcare in rural areas will be evaluated.

Short Bio:

Bahar Yetis Kara is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Bilkent University. Dr. Kara holds an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from Bilkent University Industrial Engineering Department, and she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University in Canada.  Dr. Kara holds “Best Dissertation Award” given by INFORMS - UPS-SOLA (2001), TUBA-GEBIP (National Young Researchers Career Development Grant) reward (2008), IAP Young Researchers Award (2009), and TÜBİTAK Young Scientist Incentive Award (2010).  Dr Kara’s current research interests include distribution logistics, humanitarian logistics, and hub location and hub network design. She is currently an associate editor of IIE Transactions, Transportation Research B, and Socio Economic Planning Sciences. Dr. Kara is also one of the founders and so one of the members of the current executive board of the EURO Working Group on Humanitarian Operations (HOpe).