An Exploration of the Network Installation and Recovery Problem with Blackstart Nodes

  • Kayla S. Cummings
  • Janie L. Neal
  • Andi Chen
  • Tzu-Yi ChenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 812)


The Neighbor Aided Network Installation Problem asks how best to install the nodes in a network under the assumption that the cost of installing a node depends solely on the number of its neighbors which have been previously installed. We study a version which incorporates blackstart nodes into the model. Under the assumption of a decreasing convex cost function and a single blackstart node, we solve the problem for subclasses of almost-complete and augmented-tree networks. We also describe two heuristics and present experimental results on real world networks.


Network models Network recovery Blackstart nodes 



We are grateful to Pomona College for helping fund this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kayla S. Cummings
    • 1
  • Janie L. Neal
    • 1
  • Andi Chen
    • 1
  • Tzu-Yi Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentPomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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