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Real-world university course timetablingat the International Timetabling Competition 2019



Year of publication 2024
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Scheduling
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Keywords University course timetabling; Competition, Benchmarks; Real-world problems
Description The paper discusses the organization of the International Timetab- ling Competition (ITC 2019), which intends to motivate further research on complex university course timetabling problems coming from practice. Thanks to the UniTime timetabling system, we have collected a strong set of bench- mark instances with diverse characteristics for the competition. The key nov- elty lies in the combination of student sectioning with standard time and room assignment of particular course events. The paper analyzes the real-world course timetabling problems present in the competition. The characteristics of thirty competition instances are described together with their representative features, which are discussed institution by institution. The existing solvers are described and compared based on their competition, current, and time-limited results whenever available. As of October 2023, the competition website has about 490 registered users from 66 countries worldwide and is kept up to date with new results.

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