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Algorithms and heuristics for timetable scheduling problems

Grant number: 11/10895-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2011
Effective date (End): July 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Theory of Computation
Principal researcher:Eduardo Candido Xavier
Grantee:Douglas Oliveira Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Computação (IC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

In this project we are interested in the problem of allocating resources with timetable constraints, problems known in the literature as Timetable Scheduling problems. The problem is to allocate teachers, classrooms and time-schedules to satisfy a demand of given courses in a given period of time. We have to allocate teachers to courses and these ones to timetable and classrooms respecting many restrictions, such as that no teacher is allocated to different courses at the same time. Many versions of the Timetable Scheduling problem are NP-Hard. Our interest is to investigate efficient algorithms that give good practical solutions to this problem. Our objective is to study Timetable Scheduling problems and to implement a solution to one specific version of the problem. This solution might be used to allocate teachers and courses at the Instituto de Computação of UNICAMP. (AU)

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