Automatic timetabling in practice
This paper describes the experience of using an automatic timetable generation system, based on a memetic algorithm, to produce working timetables for a large department that offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses attended by some 500 students. The automatic algorithm is supported by a records system which permits manual data collection and editing, viewing and printing of timetables.
The paper outlines the operation of the department as far as it affects timetabling, the method developed to use the system and discusses the benefits and difficulties arising from its practical application.
The author is responsible for timetabling in the department.
KeywordsStudent Group Memetic Algorithm Core Module Study Lesson Cost Criterion
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