Timetabling problems at the TU Eindhoven

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Timetabling problems at the TU Eindhoven
The students of the Industrial Design department at the TU Eindhoven are allowed to design part of their curriculum by selecting courses from a huge course pool. They do this by handing in ordered preference lists with their favorite courses for the forthcoming time period. Based on these informations (and on many other constraints), the department then assigns courses to students. Until recently, the assignment was computed by human schedulers who used a quite straightforward greedy approach. In 2005, however, the number of students increased substantially, and as a consequence the greedy approach did not yield acceptable results anymore. This paper discusses the solution of this real-world timetabling problem: We present a complete mathematical formulation of it, and we explain all the constraints resulting from the situation in Eindhoven. We present an elegant integer linear programming model for this problem that easily can be put into CPLEX. Finally, we report on our computational...
John van den Broek, Cor A. J. Hurkens, Gerhard J.
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Updated 12 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Where ENDM
Authors John van den Broek, Cor A. J. Hurkens, Gerhard J. Woeginger
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