ITC 2019 already has 91 registrations from 34 countries. You can still register.
The International Timetabling Competition 2019 is a scientific
competition to solve real-world timetabling problems from universities
around the world. Among the organizers is a team from the Faculty of
Informatics, led by doc. Hana Rudová. Data from real university
timetables that serve as the starting point of the competition are drawn
from the UniTime system.
There are usually teams of scientists and students in the competitions,
but individuals can also be found among the winners. Interestingly,
participants are gradually getting new data sets from the organizers
with increasing value points. The winner can also be the one who will
join later and solve some of the problems. A UniTime-based validator
will immediately evaluate the quality of the submitted solution.
Since the start of the competition in the summer of 2018, the number of
participants has been increasing. New people are still registering, some
of them only to access the competition problems. The competition will
take place throughout the year until November 2019.
The unique UniTime system for university timetabling was created through
joint research between Purdue University, Masaryk University, and
Charles University. It is a publicly available open source solution that
is universally applicable to schools and faculties of various types as
well as entire universities. "When we started cooperation with Purdue
University on a timetabling system that takes into account student
registrations in 2001, we were among the pioneers," says Hana Rudová.
From modest beginnings, it has come to the point where the UniTime
system is helpful to dozens of institutions for timetabling courses,
exams, and events throughout the year.