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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hester, Patrick Thomas
URN etd-07172007-225156
Title Facility Protection Optimization Under Uncertainty
Degree PhD
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sankaran Mahadevan Committee Chair
David Dilts Committee Member
Gautam Biswas Committee Member
Ken Pence Committee Member
Mark Snell Committee Member
  • homeland security
  • facility protection
  • reliability
  • optimization
  • networks
  • adversary threat
  • Buildings -- Protection -- Decision making
  • Terrorism -- Prevention
  • Game theory
Date of Defense 2007-06-29
Availability unrestricted
The goal of this study is to develop a decision-making methodology to optimally allocate resources in designing a facility protection system, composed of detection, delay, and response elements, in order to balance cost and performance. The developed methodology extends current network interdiction techniques by including concepts such as timely detection, guard response time, and conflict between the facility response and adversary forces. Both single and multiple adversary teams are considered. The methodology decouples critical path selection and safeguards optimization, thus increasing computational efficiency. Further computational savings are gained by utilizing reliability-based design optimization with a first-order reliability method approach to analyzing uncertainty. These computational improvements allow for the facility protection methodology to be extended to large networks and to incorporate multiple adversary team threats. A real world example is utilized to demonstrate the applicability of the methodology to problems of large scale complexity.
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