Graham Kendall
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Professor Graham Kendall

Professor Graham Kendall is the Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). He is also a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.

He is a Director of MyResearch Sdn Bhd, Crops for the Future Sdn Bhd. and Nottingham Green Technologies Sdn Bhd. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS).

He has published over 230 peer reviewed papers. He is an Associate Editor of 10 journals and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.

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Automating the Packing Heuristic Design Process with Genetic Programming
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Hyper-heuristics
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Hyper-Heuristics: An Emerging Direction in Modern Search Technology
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A dynamic truck dispatching problem in marine container terminal
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McCollum, B; McMullan, P; Burke, E.K; Gough, A and Kendall, G Academic Timetabling: Linking Research and Practice. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT 2008), 18-22 August 2008, Montreal, Canada, 2008.

This was published in the proceedings as an abstract (not a full paper)


Abstract

The timetabling of courses and examinations is a challenging problem faced by many institutions across the world on an ongoing basis. The difficulty arises from a combination of factors e.g. variation within institutional requirements, the range of constraints that have to be captured in the model, political considerations within the institution, software and associated support etc. Recently, the subject of an international competition (ITC2007), many aspects of the overall problem model have been reported along with the effectiveness of the application of particular search methodologies and techniques (McCollum 2008). Building on this important work, further effort is required in bridging the gap which currently exists between research and practice in this difficult problem area (McCollum 2007a). The work reported here approaches this central theme by combining research and practice in the planned provision of an overall solution. One of the main issues relating to institutional timetabling lies in the provision of software which is able to provide both effective decision support and intelligent automation. Commercial, or inhouse, software based timetabling systems often suffer from drawbacks such as inadequate optimization techniques, poor user interfaces and the inability to provide sufficient feedback to the user in helping to focus on good quality solutions. Although the use of software is only part of the required overall solution in providing effective institutional timetabling, these issues often exasperate the difficulties associated with the overall implementation process.


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@INPROCEEDINGS{mmbgk2008, author = {B. McCollum and P. McMullan and E.K. Burke and A. Gough and G. Kendall},
title = {Academic Timetabling: Linking Research and Practice},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT 2008)},
year = {2008},
editor = {E.K. Burke and M. Gendreau},
address = {18-22 August 2008, Montreal, Canada},
note = {This was published in the proceedings as an abstract (not a full paper)},
abstract = {The timetabling of courses and examinations is a challenging problem faced by many institutions across the world on an ongoing basis. The difficulty arises from a combination of factors e.g. variation within institutional requirements, the range of constraints that have to be captured in the model, political considerations within the institution, software and associated support etc. Recently, the subject of an international competition (ITC2007), many aspects of the overall problem model have been reported along with the effectiveness of the application of particular search methodologies and techniques (McCollum 2008). Building on this important work, further effort is required in bridging the gap which currently exists between research and practice in this difficult problem area (McCollum 2007a). The work reported here approaches this central theme by combining research and practice in the planned provision of an overall solution. One of the main issues relating to institutional timetabling lies in the provision of software which is able to provide both effective decision support and intelligent automation. Commercial, or inhouse, software based timetabling systems often suffer from drawbacks such as inadequate optimization techniques, poor user interfaces and the inability to provide sufficient feedback to the user in helping to focus on good quality solutions. Although the use of software is only part of the required overall solution in providing effective institutional timetabling, these issues often exasperate the difficulties associated with the overall implementation process.},
keywords = {timetabling, research, practise},
owner = {rxj},
timestamp = {2008.09.12},
webpdf = {http://www.graham-kendall.com/papers/mmbgk2008.pdf} }