Euro conference scheduling: the problem is you!

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    Scheduling the sessions of the EURO-2018 conference is a complex problem, where more than 400 sessions have to be placed in rooms and timeslots. In this talk we will describe how EURO-2018 was planned, utilizing an approach, based on 5 different MIP models, previouslyemployed at EURO-2015, EURO-2016 and IFORS-2017 but now up- dated for EURO-2018. The details for the approach for EURO-2016 is documented in our previous article "Scheduling EURO-k confer- ences", Stidsen et al, EJOR, 2017. In this talk we will present the improvements, which has focused on streamlining the scheduling pro- cess, making data-formats more accessible and making special require- ments constraints easier to include. Furthermore, the models have been moved from GAMS to Julia. Furthermore, we will describe the prob- lem of missing information: How can we schedule the sessions with- out specific knowledge about which sessions each conference attendee wants to attend? I.e. YOU are the problem! Getting detailed and reliable information about which talks the attendees are interested in, in time for the scheduling is difficult. Most attendees do not prepare which talks to go to, months ahead of the conference. This missing information is in our view the major problem, in order to get better EURO conference scheduling. Various options will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event29th European Conference On Operational Research - Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 29


    Conference29th European Conference On Operational Research
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