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Doctoral candidates win 1st prize for bus routing system

Posted on June 28, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Two University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates won first place at the graduate school research fair for their project “Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing,” UMSL Daily reports.

Jeremy North and William Ellegood developed a system for efficiently transporting students from bus stops to school using mixed loading options where one bus would transport students from one area to various schools, as opposed to several buses picking up from one neighborhood and dropping off at numerous schools.

North created an algorithm that aims to minimize total transportation distance and the number of buses required. Windsor C-1 School District in Imperial, Mo., is currently a test case for the mixed loading formula.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Jeremy North

     | about 5 years ago

    Mixing students of different age groups isn't the main inspiration of this work. We investigate the effectiveness of consolidating students with different destinations across a variety of scenarios. In response to your concern, disallowing the mixing of kindergartners and high school students would not render the approach useless, especially as the number of schools in the district increases.

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