A flexible iterative improvement heuristic to support creation of feasible shift rosters in self-rostering

E. van der Veen*, J.L. Hurink, J.M.J. Schutten, S.T. Uijland

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Self-rostering is receiving more and more attention in literature and in practice. With self-rostering, employees propose the schedule they prefer to work during a given planning horizon. However, these schedules often do not match with the staffing demand as specified by the organization. We present an approach to support creating feasible schedules that uses the schedules proposed by the employees as input and that aims to divide the burden of shift reassignments fairly throughout the employees. We discuss computational results and indicate how various model parameters influence scheduling performance indicators. The presented approach is flexible and easily extendable, since labor rule checks are isolated from the actual algorithm, which makes it easy to include additional labor rules in the approach. Moreover, our approach enables the user to make a trade-off between the quality of the resulting roster and the extent to which the planner is able to track the decisions of the algorithm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of operations research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
Event11th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling, PATAT 2016 - Udine, Italy
Duration: 23 Aug 201626 Aug 2016
Conference number: 11


  • Personnel rostering
  • Linear programming
  • Self rostering
  • Heuristics
  • Shift rostering
  • 2023 OA procedure


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