Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 252, Issue 2, pp 365–382 | Cite as

Modeling and solving a real-life multi-skill shift design problem

  • Alex Bonutti
  • Sara Ceschia
  • Fabio De Cesco
  • Nysret Musliu
  • Andrea Schaerf
S.I. : PATAT 2014

Abstract

In this work, we consider the shift design problem and we define a novel, complex formulation arising from practical cases. In addition, we propose a new search method based on a fast Simulated Annealing, that, differently from previous approaches, solves the overall problem as a single-stage procedure. The core of the method is a composite neighborhood that includes at the same time changes in the staffing of shifts, the shape of shifts, and the position of breaks. Finally, we present a statistically-principled experimental analysis on a set of instances obtained from real cases. Both instances and results are available on the web for future comparisons.

Keywords

Shift design Workforce scheduling Simulated annealing Local search 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EasyStaff s.r.l.CampoformidoItaly
  2. 2.DPIAUniversity of UdineUdineItaly
  3. 3.DBAITechnische UniversitätViennaAustria

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