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In recent years the computational power of computers has increased dramatically. This in turn has allowed search algorithms to execute more iterations in a given amount of real time. Does this necessarily always lead to an improvement in the quality of final solutions? This paper is devoted to the investigation of that question. We present two variants of(More)
The aim of this paper is to give a brief introduction to some recent approaches to timetabling problems that have been developed or are under development in the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group (ASAP) at the University of Nottingham. We have concentrated upon university timetabling but we believe that some of the methodologies(More)
A common weakness of local search metaheuristics, such as Simulated Annealing, in solving combinatorial optimisation problems, is the necessity of setting a certain number of parameters. This tends to make significantly increase the total amount of time required to solve the problem and often requires a high level of experience from the user. This paper is(More)
Nurse rostering problems consist of assigning varying tasks, represented as shift types, to hospital personnel with different skills and work regulations. The goal is to satisfy as many soft constraints and personal preferences as possible while constructing a schedule which meets the required personnel coverage of the hospital over a predefined planning(More)
SUMMARY This paper presents a case-based heuristic selection approach for automated university course and exam timetabling. The method described in this paper is motivated by the goal of developing timetabling systems that are fundamentally more general than the current state of the art. Heuristics that worked well in previous similar situations are(More)
University timetabling problems can be classified into two main categories: course and examination timetabling. We discuss the problem statements and constraints for each of them and provide an overview of some recent research advances that have been made by the authors and members of their research team. We particularly concentrate upon: • Meta-heuristic(More)
Metaheuristic approaches to examination timetabling problems are usually split up into two phases: initialisation phase in which a heuristic is employed to construct an initial solution and improvement phase which employs a metaheuristic. Different hybridisations of metaheuristics with sequential heuris-tics are known to lead to solutions of different(More)
Automating the design of heuristic search methods is an active research field within computer science, artificial intelligence and operational research. In order to make these methods more generally applicable, it is important to eliminate or reduce the role of the human expert in the process of designing an effective methodology to solve a given(More)
In an attempt to ensure good-quality printouts of our technical reports, from the supplied PDF files, we process to PDF using Acrobat Distiller. We encourage our authors to use outline fonts coupled with embedding of the used subset of all fonts (in either Truetype or Type 1 formats) except for the standard Acrobat typeface families of Times, Helvetica(More)