Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 252, Issue 2, pp 255–282 | Cite as

Adaptive large neighborhood search for the curriculum-based course timetabling problem

  • Alexander Kiefer
  • Richard F. Hartl
  • Alexander Schnell
S.I. : PATAT 2014

Abstract

In curriculum-based course timetabling, lectures have to be assigned to periods and rooms, while avoiding overlaps between courses of the same curriculum. Taking into account the inherent complexity of the problem, a metaheuristic solution approach is proposed, more precisely an adaptive large neighborhood search, which is based on repetitively destroying and subsequently repairing relatively large parts of the solution. Several problem-specific operators are introduced. The proposed algorithm proves to be very effective for the curriculum-based course timetabling problem. In particular, it outperforms the best algorithms of the international timetabling competition in 2007 and finds five new best known solutions for benchmark instances of the competition.

Keywords

University courses Timetabling Metaheuristics  Adaptive large neighborhood search  

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Kiefer
    • 1
  • Richard F. Hartl
    • 2
  • Alexander Schnell
    • 2
  1. 1.Christian Doppler Laboratory for Efficient Intermodal Transport Operations, Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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