We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just received Knowledge Transfer Partnership grant funding from The University of Nottingham to employ a KTP Associate for two years.
The Associate will be working with us to develop new visualisation tools for our software products and to further our work in the emerging area of ‘fairness’ measures in timetabling and scheduling software.
Whilst we’ve historically been leading exponents of cutting-edge timetabling, resource allocation and scheduling optimisation, we’ve always been aware that ‘optimal’ approaches can often be viewed as somewhat clinical and that there was always a missing piece of the puzzle when it came to delivering ‘humanised’ outcomes.
In the case of higher education, we feel that introducing the concept of subjective ‘fairness’ into the workings of our products is an important step to improving the overall satisfaction levels of teachers, students and university staff with their day-to-day work. So, for example, those sometimes unavoidable, less-than-ideal compromises in timetables – which timetablers will know as violations of soft constraints – can be distributed in an equitable way amongst affected parties while still maintaining a maximally efficient timetable. It should go without saying that this incorporation of fairness measures into our work will greatly increase the value we can bring to improving student experience and staff satisfaction levels for our academic clients.
We’ll be recruiting shortly for the Associate position, and we’re very much looking forward to using the opportunity to increase both the intelligence of our software and our overall approach.
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