An integer programming based scheduling of university wide orientation course activities

Ulucan A. , Miski Aydın E. , Çekiç B.

Euro2018 – 29TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON OPERATIONAL RESEARCH, Valencia, Spain, 8 - 11 July 2018, pp.202

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Valencia
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.202


University orientation programs are the main tool for facilitating student’s engagement in university life. Generally, orientation programs consist of a series of lectures and activities that are designed to help become acquainted with life and studies at university. In a mid-large scale university, the arrival of thousands of new students, and the organization of hundreds of activities assignments/plans should be planned before the orientation starts. This problem is classified as a scheduling/timetabling problem. In this study we develop a novel application of the academic timetabling problem; university-wide orientation course activities scheduling. In order to solve this assignment problem, an integer programming model has been developed. The modeling involves the assignment of 7082 students in 110 different programs to 85000 capacity activities. We also test the applicability of the model with various objectives.