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Professor Graham Kendall

Professor Graham Kendall is the Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). He is also a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.

He is a Director of MyResearch Sdn Bhd, Crops for the Future Sdn Bhd. and Nottingham Green Technologies Sdn Bhd. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS).

He has published over 230 peer reviewed papers. He is an Associate Editor of 10 journals and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Computational Intelligence and AI in Games.

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I am the chair of the MISTA (Multidisciplinary International Conference on Scheduling: Theory and Applications)
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Publication(s)

Investigating the Use of Local Search for Improving Meta-Hyper-Heuristic Performance
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General Video Game Playing
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An Adaptive Length Chromosome Hyperheuristic Genetic Algorithm for a Trainer Scheduling Problem
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An Exponential Monte-Carlo Local Search Algorithm for the Berth Allocation Problem
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Kendall, G and Hussin, N. M. A Tabu Search Hyper-heuristic Approach to the Examination Timetabling Problem at the MARA University of Technology. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling, pages 199-217, 2004.

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Abstract

In this paper we introduce, and solve, an examination timetabling problem at University Technology MARA (UiTM). UiTM is the largest university in Malaysia. It has 13 branch campuses and offers 144 programs delivered by 18 faculties. We discuss their examination timetabling problem with respect to its size, complexity and constraints. We analyse and process their real world data, and produce solutions utilising a tabu search based hyper-heuristic framework. Since this is a new dataset and no solutions have been published in literature, we can only compare our results with an existing manual solution. We find that our solution is at least 80% better with respect to proximity cost. We also compare our approach against a benchmark dataset and show that our method can produce good quality results.


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@INPROCEEDINGS{km2004, author = {G. Kendall and N. {Mohd Hussin}},
title = {A Tabu Search Hyper-heuristic Approach to the Examination Timetabling Problem at the MARA University of Technology},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling},
year = {2004},
editor = {E. Burke and M. Trick},
pages = {199--217},
month = {August 18-20 2004},
organization = {Pittsburgh, USA},
note = {A later version of this paper was published in the selected volume of papers from the conference},
abstract = {In this paper we introduce, and solve, an examination timetabling problem at University Technology MARA (UiTM). UiTM is the largest university in Malaysia. It has 13 branch campuses and offers 144 programs delivered by 18 faculties. We discuss their examination timetabling problem with respect to its size, complexity and constraints. We analyse and process their real world data, and produce solutions utilising a tabu search based hyper-heuristic framework. Since this is a new dataset and no solutions have been published in literature, we can only compare our results with an existing manual solution. We find that our solution is at least 80% better with respect to proximity cost. We also compare our approach against a benchmark dataset and show that our method can produce good quality results.},
keywords = {examination timetabling, timetabling, tabu search, meta-heuristics, metaheuristics, hyper-heuristics, hyperheuristics},
owner = {gxk},
timestamp = {2011.01.01},
webpdf = {http://www.graham-kendall.com/papers/km2004.pdf} }