Automatic Construction of Drama School Timetables Based
on a Generic Evolutionary Framework for Allocation and
We present the application of the generic framework evAlloc for the solution of
allocation and scheduling problems (ASPs) to a real-world problem. The solution
engine integrated in the framework is based on an evolutionary algorithm (EA).
The general design of the Java framework allows for application to all ASPs,
whose problem data description can be fit into the generic data representation of
evAlloc. The framework can be transformed into different applications by loading
single XML (extended markup language) problem definition files. Experimental
results for the real-world application, timetabling of the complete teaching
activities at the Institute for Drama at the Mozarteum University of Music and
Dramatic Arts in Salzburg, Austria, are presented.
Helmut A. Mayer
Last modified: May 17 2004