Heuristic approaches for real world examination timetabling problems
Mohmad Kahar, Mohd Nizam (2013) Heuristic approaches for real world examination timetabling problems. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The examination timetabling (exam-timeslot-room assignment) problem involves assigning exams to a specific or limited number of timeslots and rooms, with the aim of satisfying the hard constraints and the soft constraints as much as possible. Most of the techniques reported in the literature have been applied to solve simplified examination benchmark datasets, available within the scientific literature. In this research we bridge the gap between research and practice by investigating a problem taken from the Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), a real world capacitated examination timetabling problem. This dataset has several novel constraints, in addition to those commonly used in the literature. Additionally, the invigilator scheduling problem (invigilator assignment) was also investigated as it has not received the same level of research attention as the examination scheduling (although it is just as important to educational institutions).
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