Designing and managing critical resilient infrastructures is of societal relevance. It is also difficult due to the complex nature of these systems. Multiple objectives and stakeholders have to be considered, which makes optimization a tough problem.

Led by Casper Hartveld, an assistant professor in the Game Design Program, this project aims to investigate if such optimization can be improved by having humans and algorithms work together in exploring the solution space, and researchers intend to do this through game-based experiments.

The context of this work is the debris collection problem, where multiple companies have to collect debris after a disaster in the shortest time possible, with equal maximized profits, and with the least number of overlapping regions in which they operate.

This project is made possible with seed funding from Northeastern University. Visit Hartveld’s website for additional information.