Scheduling, planning and timetabling

In general, scheduling and timetabling solve the problem of assigning jobs or tasks on the available resources in time. Moreover the overall profit of such assignment should be maximized, when these tasks or jobs are performed according to the prepared schedule or the timetable. Finding of suitable schedule is necessary in various real-life problems such as the nurse rostering, the university course timetabling or the job scheduling.

The main research goals of this group includes

  • scheduling in the Grid environment
  • data transfer planning
  • dynamic scheduling
  • university timetabling

The goal of Grid scheduling is to assign jobs of several users onto the suitable and available machines in large, heterogeneous and dynamic computing environment. Such process should satisfy several criteria such as the good machine utilization, the fairness or the non-trivial Quality of Service (QoS).

Grid scheduling problem is closely related to the dynamic scheduling problem. While in the classical scheduling the whole problem is known in advance, in the dynamic case the problem changes over time as the solution is created. Jobs, tasks, etc., as well as resources may appear and disappear (job arrivals, job completions or cancellations, machine failures and restarts) or the parameters of jobs or tasks may change. Typically, the execution time of a job may change. Therefore, in the dynamic scheduling problem an efficient construction of the schedule with appropriate reactions on dynamic changes is requested.

University course timetabling solves the problem of finding suitable timetable for courses taught at the university. Courses are assigned into time slots and available classrooms so that the students' requirements, preferences of teachers as well as the study requirements are all met. A long-term research in this area together with the collaboration with the Purdue University lead to the development of a unique timetabling system, that is able to solve many timetabling problems of a very large scale.

Information for students

The area of timetabling and scheduling provides several interesting topics, which can include both practical and theoretical research. You can join this group either through writing bachelor or master thesis or through the doctoral study. IS MUNI provides several available topics for the bachelor or master thesis. These topics are offered and supervised by the members of this research team. Moreover, based on the mutual agreement with the student, it is also possible to create a new topic in the area of our research.

Current topics of doctoral students:

  • Event-based grid scheduling
  • Data transfer planning

Current topics of master and bachelor thesis:

Selected topics of past master and bachelor thesis:

International and national collaboration

This group closely cooperates with several international institutions, including

On the national level, we cooperate with several teams involved in the joint research projects. Those are especially

Current grant projects

Research team from the Masaryk University

Contact

doc. Mgr. Hana Rudová, PhD.
hanka@fi.muni.cz
http://www.fi.muni.cz/~hanka/