I am currently doing research for my final year project in college. I am planning on building an ambulance booking system that will ease the process of booking an ambulance for patient transfer - that is to transfer a patient from one hospital to another.
A subsystem of the overall booking system will be a broker system. This will select the optimal ambulance company of n number of companies based on a number of hard constraints:
- Average time to transfer a patient (this will be calculated over time)
- Is it active at this current time (some companies only run during the day)
- Type of ambulance (normal or cardiac)
Edit: This list of constraints is expected to grow as I further my research on the problem. For example since I first this question I have added a new constraint:
- Urgency (Is the situation urgent or can we be lenient with time)
Choice of Algorithm
The problem I am having is that I do not know what type of algorithm to use. I was just going to use a brute force search but my supervisor said the performance of that algorithm will decrease exponentially as the number of companies and hard constraints grow.
I have been searching Google and Google Scholar to find possible algorithms to use but so far I have had little luck. Can anybody suggest some algorithms to look up? Relevant links/resources would also be appreciated.