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Heuristic algorithms for educational timetabling problems

Grant number: 15/10032-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 20, 2016
Effective date (End): December 19, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Production Engineering - Operational Research
Principal Investigator:Maristela Oliveira dos Santos
Grantee:Landir Saviniec
Supervisor: Alysson Machado Costa
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Melbourne, Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:13/13563-3 - Heuristic methods for school timetabling problems, BP.DR


This project addresses the Class-Teacher Timetabling Problem, which is a variant of the High School Timetabling Problem. The problem is NP-Hard and due to practical requirements, real problems generally have a large number of variables, making ineffective the applicability of exact methods. Therefore, heuristic methods are commonly employed to generate solutions. Despite the existence of benchmarks for testing and comparisons, few instances with optimal solutions or strong dual bounds are available. This makes it difficult to assess how close the solutions are from the global optima. In this project we will investigate heuristics and relaxation methods to generate solutions and dual bounds to the problem. This document provides an overview of our research. The text concludes with a research plan proposed to be developed in co-supervision of Professor Alysson M. Costa at The University of Melbourne - Australia. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SAVINIEC, LANDIR; SANTOS, MARISTELA O.; COSTA, ALYSSON M.; DOS SANTOS, LANA M. R.. Pattern-based models and a cooperative parallel metaheuristic for high school timetabling problems. European Journal of Operational Research, v. 280, n. 3, p. 1064-1081, . (15/10032-2, 13/13563-3)
SAYINIEC, LANDIR; SANTOS, MARISTELA O.; COSTA, ALYSSON M.. Parallel local search algorithms for high school timetabling problems. European Journal of Operational Research, v. 265, n. 1, p. 81-98, . (13/13563-3, 15/10032-2)

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