A Generic Library of Problem Solving Methods for Scheduling Applications

Rajpathak, Dnyanesh (2005). A Generic Library of Problem Solving Methods for Scheduling Applications. PhD thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.000101e5


In this thesis we propose a generic library of scheduling problem-solving methods. As a first approximation, scheduling can be defined as an assignment of jobs and activities to resources and time ranges in accordance with a number of constraints and requirements. In some cases optimisation criteria may also be included in the problem specification.

Although, several attempts have been made in the past at developing the libraries of scheduling problem-solvers, these only provide limited coverage. Many lack generality, as they subscribe to a particular scheduling domain. Others simply implement a particular problem-solving technique, which may be applicable only to a subset of the space of scheduling problems. In addition, most of these libraries fail to provide the required degree of depth and precision, which is needed both to obtain a formal account of scheduling problem solving and to provide effective support for development of scheduling applications by reuse.

Our library subscribes to the Task-Method-Domain-Application (TMDA) knowledge modelling framework, which provides a structured organisation for the different components of the library. In line with the organisation proposed by TMDA, we first developed a generic scheduling task ontology, which formalises the space of scheduling problems independently of any particular application domain, or problem solving method. Then we constructed a task-specific, but domain independent model of scheduling problem-solving, which generalises from the variety of approaches to scheduling problem-solving, which can be found in literature. The generic nature of this model was demonstrated by constructing seven methods for scheduling, as alternative specialisation of the model. Finally, we validated our library on a number of applications to demonstrate its generic nature and effective support for the analysis and development of scheduling applications.

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