Designing optimal aviation baggage screening strategies usingthe monkey search algorithm

Edgar Jimenez Estrada, University of Texas at El Paso


This thesis addresses the aviation baggage screening design problem considering several baggage screening devices which may be used for system implementation, the devices have different false clear and false alarm rates, throughput and purchase costs. In the present research, a comprehensive cost function which not only includes the cost associated with purchase and operation of baggage security devices, but also includes the indirect costs associated with device errors is used. A new monkey search based evolutionary algorithm is presented to determine the best selection of baggage screening security devices in order to minimize the expected annual total cost. The final solution to the aviation baggage screening problem specifies the number and type of devices to be installed, an example applying the proposed method is presented using data from previous studies.

Subject Area

Aerospace engineering|Systems science|Operations research

Recommended Citation

Jimenez Estrada, Edgar, "Designing optimal aviation baggage screening strategies usingthe monkey search algorithm" (2012). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1512580.