The 7th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling

Université de Montréal, August 18 - 22, 2008

, August 18 — 22, 2008

PATAT 2008

This conference is the seventh in a series of conferences that serve as a forum for an international community of researchers, practitioners and vendors on all aspects of computer-aided timetable generation. For more information about the series of conferences see

The themes of the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Educational Timetabling
  • Transport Timetabling
  • Employee Timetabling and Rostering
  • Sports Timetabling
  • Complexity Issues
  • Distributed Timetabling Systems
  • Experiences
  • Implementations
  • Commercial Packages
  • Interactive vs Batch Timetabling
  • Timetable Updating
  • Standard Data Formats
  • Relationship with Other Scheduling Problems
  • Timetabling Research Areas, including:

Constraint-Based Methods Operational Research Hyper-Heuristics
Evolutionary ComputationSimulated AnnealingVery Large Neighborhood Search
Artificial Intelligence Local SearchGraph Colouring
Mathematical Programming Ant Colony Methods Hybrid Methods
Expert Systems Soft Computing Multi-Criteria Decision Making
Heuristic Search Tabu Search Fuzzy Reasoning
Knowledge Based Systems Meta-Heuristics  

Featured Keynote Speakers

  • Michael O. Ball (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Patrick De Causmaecker (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
  • Gilles Pesant (École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada)
  • Erwin Pesch (Universität Siegen, Germany)

Organizing and Programme Committees co-chairs

Michel Gendreau
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville
Montreal (Quebec)
Canada H3C 3J7
Edmund Burke
Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom