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Applying Multi-Agent Algorithm to a Class Scheduling System
Eiji Nunohiro, and Kenneth J. Mackin
Department of Information Systems, Tokyo University of Information Sciences, 1200-2 Yatoh-cho, Wakaba-ku, Chiba 265-8501, Japan
Received:November 1, 2004Accepted:March 8, 2005Published:May 20, 2005
Keywords:multi-agent, scheduling problem, agent negotiation, hill climbing method, self-organization
We propose a multi-agent algorithm to solve a scheduling problem. The proposed application takes into account various restrictions relative to Japanese university class scheduling in particular. A multi-agent system consisting of agents representing the requirements and restrictions for professors and departments are introduced. Scheduling is solved using negotiation between agents together with the hill-climbing method. Through a software simulation, we were able to show that our proposed method successfully applies the self-organizing nature of agents to solve the scheduling problem.
Cite this article as:E. Nunohiro and K. Mackin, “Applying Multi-Agent Algorithm to a Class Scheduling System,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.9 No.3, pp. 314-320, 2005.Data files: