Setting the research agenda in automated timetabling: the second international timetabling competition.

McCollum, Barry, Schaerf, Andrea, Paechter, Ben, McMulan, Paul, Lewis, Rhydian M R, Parkes, Andrew J, Gaspero, Luca Di, Qu, Rong and Burke, Edmund (2010) Setting the research agenda in automated timetabling: the second international timetabling competition. INFORMS Journal of Computing, 22 (1). pp. 120-130. ISSN 1091-9856

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The Second International Timetabling Competition (TTC2007) opened in August 2007. Building on the success of the first competition in 2002, this sequel aimed to further develop research activity in the area of educational timetabling. The broad aim of the competition was to create better understanding between researchers and practitioners by allowing emerging techniques to be developed and tested on real-world models of timetabling problems. To support this, a primary goal was to provide researchers with models of problems faced by practitioners through incorporating a significant number of real-world constraints. Another objective of the competition was to stimulate debate within the widening timetabling research community. The competition was divided into three tracks to reflect the important variations that exist in educational timetabling within higher education. Because these formulations incorporate an increased number of “real-world” issues, it is anticipated that the competition will now set the research agenda within the field. After finishing in January 2008, final results were made available in May 2008. Along with background to the competition, the competition tracks are described here along with a brief overview of the techniques used by the competition winners.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1091-9856
Electronic ISSN: 1526-5528
Uncontrolled Keywords: Timetabling; heuristic search; benchmarks; competition;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Item ID: 3902
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2011 15:59
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 15:26

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