Centre for Operational Research and Logistics

Healthcare

Expertise and Interest

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Nurse rostering is a complex scheduling problem that affects hospital personnel on a daily basis all over the world. The need for quality automated solutions is acute for a number of reasons. In particular, it is very important to efficiently utilise time and effort, to evenly balance the workload among people and to attempt to satisfy personnel preferences. A high quality roster can lead to a more contented workforce leads to higher productivity, increased quality of patient service and a better level of healthcare.

Our members have developed novel and very effective rostering algorithms in real world scenarios and efficency versus equity models for allocation of organ transplants. These approaches include tabu search, variable neighbourhood search, memetic algorithms, case-based reasoning, hyperheuristics, hybrid methods and many others.

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