Title: The PEAST algorithm - the key to optimising workforce management and professional sports league schedules

Authors: Kimmo Nurmi; Jari Kyngäs; Nico Kyngäs

Addresses: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, PL 520, Tiedepuisto 3, 28601 Pori, Finland ' Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, PL 520, Tiedepuisto 3, 28601 Pori, Finland ' Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, PL 520, Tiedepuisto 3, 28601 Pori, Finland

Abstract: This paper summarises our work with real-world workforce scheduling and professional sports league scheduling. Furthermore, the paper presents a computational intelligence method called the PEAST algorithm. The algorithm has been used to solve school timetabling problems, many different workforce management problems and several sports scheduling problems. The algorithm has been integrated into market-leading workforce management software in Finland and it is used to generate the schedule for the Finnish Major Ice Hockey League.

Keywords: computational intelligence; PEAST algorithm; workforce scheduling; sports scheduling; real-world scheduling; optimisation; workforce management; professional sports leagues; Finland; Major Ice Hockey League.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPMB.2014.065520

International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, 2014 Vol.4 No.4, pp.406 - 423

Available online: 28 Oct 2014 *

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