Scheduling meetings by agents Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract The Scheduling of Meetings of multiple users is a real world problem that was studied intensively in recent years. Most former studies used a simplified version of the problem as a benchmark for evaluating constraint satisfaction and optimization algorithms. The present paper investigates the variety of aspects that need to be taken into consideration in order to design a realistic model for representing and solving meetings scheduling problems (MSPs). The proposed model represents the multiple components of the real-world problem in terms of their utilities and costs and enables the use of constraints optimization algorithms to solve MSPs. A central component of the proposed model of MSPs is a mechanism to balance the trade-off between competitive and cooperative environments. Agents solve the problem by balancing the global (eg, cooperative) optimum against …

publication date

  • January 1, 2008