AAAI Publications, Sixth European Conference on Planning

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Slack-Based Techniques for Robust Schedules
Andrew Davenport, Christophe Gefflot, Chris Beck

Last modified: 2014-05-21


Many scheduling systems assume a static environment within which a schedule will be executed. The real world is not so stable: machines break down, operations take longer to execute than expected, and orders may be added or canceled. One approach to dealing with such disruptions is to generate robust schedules: schedules that are able to absorb some level of unexpected events without rescheduling. In this paper we investigate three techniques for generating robust schedules based on the insertion of temporal slack. Simulation-based results indicate that the two novel techniques out-perform the existing temporal protection technique both in terms of producing schedules with low simulated tardiness and in producing schedules that better predict the level of simulated tardiness.

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