Winning the International Timetabling Competition 2019

Dennis Søren Holm, Rasmus Ørnstrup Mikkelsen, Thomas Jacob Riis Stidsen

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The International Timetabling Competition 2019 (ITC2019) is the fourth such competition. The competitions are held to encourage research within the fi eld. The fi rst two competitions of 2002 and 2007 focused on simplifi ed university course timetabling, whereas the 2007 competition also included exam timetabling. The competition of 2011 focused on high school timetabling. The ITC2011 was groundbreaking because it presented the high school timetabling problem with a generalized formulation, such that it can be used at high schools worldwide. The ITC2019 has the same groundbreaking aspect, but concerning university timetabling. The ITC2019 was presented with a generalized university course timetabling model, including student sectioning (assigning students to classes given the course assignment). The data used in the competition was real data from 10 universities from 5 continents. The competition started in November 2018 and fi nished one year later, November 2019, with the fi nal results presented in an online award ceremony on September 2, 2020.
Original languageEnglish
JournalORbit : medlemsblad for Dansk Selskab for Operationsanalyse
Pages (from-to)23-26
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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