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Real-life Curriculum-based Timetabling

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Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proccedings of the 9th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Web Conference proceedings at PATAT 2012 website
Field Informatics
Keywords Course timetabling; Curriculum-based timetabling; Local search; UniTime
Description This paper presents an innovative approach to curriculum-based timetabling. Curricula are defined by a rich model that includes optional courses and course groups among which students are expected to take a subset of courses. Transformation of the curriculum model into the enrollment model is proposed and a local search algorithm generating corresponding enrollments is introduced. This enables curriculum-based timetabling in any existing enrollment-based course timetabling solver. The approach was implemented in a well established enrollment-based course timetabling system UniTime. The system has been successfully applied in practice at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University for about 7,500 students and 260 curricula. Experimental results related with this problem are demonstrated for two semesters.
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