ITC2007: Announcing additional funding
We are now at the half way point of the second International Timetabling
Competition sponsored by PATAT and WATT.
I have pleasure in announcing that we have secured further funding from
our sponsors to help winners travel to the PATAT conference in Montreal
2008. In addition to the already announced prize money and free
conference fees, a sum of 500 pounds will be given to the winner of each
track to assist with travel expenses.
Please visit www.cs.qub.ac.uk/itc2007 <http://www.cs.qub.ac.uk/itc2007>
for further information.
For your information, the original email announcing the competition is
attached. If you have not already done so, register now and trial your
techniques on these challenging problems.
I look forward to seeing you in Montreal!
Dr Barry McCollum
**Announcing ITC2007: the second International Timetabling Competition**
Educational Timetabling problems have stimulated innovative scientific
advances at the interface of operational research and artificial
intelligence since the 1960's. This competition provides a forum for
researchers from many different backgrounds to apply existing leading
edge techniques and try out exciting new ones within a competitive
This announcement should appeal to anyone interested in a computing
challenge which is very much a combination of theory and
practice.Potential competitors should read this information carefully
and put their timetabling cap on!
The second International Timetabling Competition is to begin on the
1stof August 2007 and end on the 25th January 2008. The organisers are
proud to announce that £1500 GBP #9approximately US$3000 or EUR2500) has
been allocated in prize money in addition to free registration at the
PATAT 2008 conference in Montreal.
Building on the success of the first International Timetabling
Competition which ran in 2002, ITC2007 aims to further develop interest
in the general area of educational timetabling, while providing
researchers with models of the problems faced within real-world
organisations. The problem datasets and eventual results will be shared
with the entire research community.
The competition, which has been divided into three tracks, deals with a
number of main themes which exist in educational timetabling.
Competitors can enter one, two or all of the tracks if they wish to. For
more information please visit and register at the dedicated competition
web page at
I, along with my fellow organisers, would be grateful if you could
forward this email to anyone or group you feel may find it of interest.
I look forward to meeting as many of the contestants as possible in
Dr Barry McCollum