Our scheduling solutions for exams and tutorials have originally been developed at the TU Berlin. The planning tool Moses was used to plan tutorials as early as 2003. The exam scheduling feature has been in use since 2010. In 2013, a course timetabling solution was developed in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University. Motivated by the success of their optimization software, the heads behind Moses founded MathPlan as a spin-off of the university to support other universities with their timetabling.
Learn more about the Moes project on the webpages of the Technical University of Berlin.
In 2005, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reformed its high-school education to only take eight years to complete instead of the usual nine. This meant that in fall 2013, the number of new enrollments would almost double. RWTH Aachen University started to prepare for this event ahead of time. A decision was made to use the mathematical optimization methods that have passed the test of time at the Technical University of Berlin to streamline timetabling and thus use the available resources more effficiently. Development and roll-out were done in a cooperation project with TU Berlin. In the scope of this project, called “carpe diem!”, many requirements specific to RWTH Aachen were implemented in order to accomodate the record number of 7,000 freshmen without cutting the quality of education offered. The timetables of the winter semester 2013/14 were the first ones to be created with the new system.
After the sweeping success of “carpe diem!” RWTH Aachen University decided to expand the cooperation. Starting this summer, examination timetabling will also be done with MathPlan solutions.
Learn more about the project “carpe diem!” on the webpages of RWTH Aachen University.
In Ferbuary 2015, the TU Munich decided to use Moses to schedule examinations. The system was rolled out and customized over a period of five months so that the first timetable containing more than 850 exams could be created for July 2015. The modelling of various sequence conditions and the inclusion of more than 180 distinct groups of students marked just two of the challenges overcome in the course of this project.
Learn more about Moses at the Technical University of Munich on their website.