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UniTime is a cross platform comprehensive educational scheduling system that supports developing course and exam timetables, managing changes to these timetables, sharing rooms with other events, and scheduling students to individual classes.

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Comprehensive University Timetabling System

    UniTime is a comprehensive educational scheduling system that supports developing course and exam timetables, managing changes to these timetables, sharing rooms with other events, and scheduling students to individual classes. It is a distributed system that allows multiple university and departmental schedule managers to coordinate efforts to build and modify a schedule that meets their diverse organizational needs while allowing for minimization of student course conflicts. It can be used alone to create and maintain a school's schedule of classes and/or exams, or interfaced with an existing student information system.

    The system was originally developed as a collaborative effort by faculty, students, and staff at universities in North America and Europe. The software is distributed free under an open source license (GNU General Public License) in hopes that other colleges and universities can benefit their students through better scheduling or wish to contribute to ongoing research in this area.

Components:

    Course Timetabling & Management
    Examination Timetabling
    Event Management
    Student Scheduling


System Highlights

    Publicly available
        Open source (GNU GPL)
        Server-client application with web-based interface
        Platform independent (implemented using Java J2EE, and SQL database)
    Covers all university timetabling needs
        Course timetabling, student sectioning, examination timetabling, and event management
    Distributed
        Allows decomposition into several timetabling problems if desired
        Provides distributed management and coordination across multiple organizational units
        Accommodates competitive behavior
    Applications
        Timetabling system successfully applied in practice at Purdue University
            Large university-wide problem

                9,000 classes, 570 rooms
                2,400 examinations, 39,000 students
                190,000 course requests

        Allows interactive changes
        Can be used in modes ranging from manual data entry to fully automated timetabling
    Extensible & Customizable
        Applicable to a variety of university timetabling problems


System architecture

Data Entry


    User interface provides an easy and intuitive means of data entry.

    Preferences and requirements can be set on various levels of the course structure.

    Classes are organized in a visual representation of the course structure. Preferences and requirements can be set at multiple levels.

    Problem model and constraints consider complexity of all university courses.


Solver

    Constraint Solver Library
        Local search based framework using constraint programming primitives
        Publicly available (GNU LGPL)
        Winner of two tracks of International Timetabling Competition 2007 (finalist in all three tracks)
        Applicable to a variety of constraint satisfaction and optimization problems
        Identifies any inconsistencies and potential problems in input data


Timetabling solver can provide a fully automated solution.

It also allows for interactive changes while providing suggestions.

Student Sectioning

Students request courses. Class assignments are optimized respecting course structure, reservations, and student preferences.

    Batch Sectioning
        Once a timetable is created, pre-registered students are immediately enrolled to the most suitable classes
    Online Sectioning
        Additional student registrations and change requests are made online with schedules available immediately


Sample comparison: Average number of choices available per course request during sectioning (online v. student self-schedule).

    Dynamic reservations protect course availability, allowing slightly fewer choices, but resulting in considerably less unmet course demand


For more information...

    Visit our web-site at http://www.unitime.org
    Software available for download
        University Timetabling Application
        Constraint Solver Library
    Online documentation
    Application demo
    Ongoing research
        Publications & presentations
        Benchmark real-life data sets
    Application support
        Both free (via email) or commercial support is available
            Installation, configuration, maintenance, customization, training, etc.
    Collaboration on interesting timetabling problems

http://www.unitime.org/
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