Automated Examination Scheduling Problem

C.C. Wei and A. Lim (Singapore)

Keywords

Exam Scheduling, Scheduling Opportunity, Genetic Algorithms

Abstract

Academic examination scheduling is a specific case of the general scheduling problem. The resources are students, staff, rooms, examinations and equipment. The problem involves assigning examinations to periods and rooms, subject to constraints. The size, complexity, and the constraints involved make it difficult for one to formulate a standard model. This paper proposes a variety of schemes and means to generate examination schedules with the objective of minimizing the number of periods required and minimizing the number of students having to sit for consecutive exams. Experiments were conducted based on NUS data for the last three years.

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