AUGUST 2007 — Istambul (TURKEY)
For the purpose of maintaining the level of research and knowledge of optimisation algorithms ever up-to-date, GOALSYSTEMS has decided to extend the activities targeted at research into optimisation algorithms, outside of the projects targeted at clients, by taking part at research and academic forums.
The chosen Congress is called “MAPSP” (Methods and Algorithms for Planning and Scheduling Problems), and took place from 2-6 July 2007 in Istanbul/Turkey. Although the arguments dealt with at this Conference focused on the problems of job scheduling, viz., the planning of executables on computers or factory production tasks, the Conference was also used to reaffirm the idea that the techniques applied at GOALSYSTEMS are very advanced.
The academic community has not yet begun to tackle the complete problems solved by GOALSYSTEMS and which can be developed with our systems. For example, with regard to planning the work of nurses, the problem is restricted to 20 employees over 4 weeks, considering just 3 shifts (morning, afternoon and night) and the individual preferences of each employee for a certain shift. With GoalStaff® it is possible to also classify the shift by category (certified, senior, junior, etc.), work area, etc. and solve the same problem, through equal distribution of the number of non-fulfilment of preferences and also equal distribution of the poor assignment of shifts in accordance with the company’s preferences.
This is the monthly scheduling model of mechanics belonging to the Online Subdirectorate of Maintenance at Iberia and which has been operational for eighteen months, sorting out calculations with 500 employees. In addition, we have achieved the aim of increasing the contact network with some universities where there are planned collaborations in the not too distant future.