Assigning panels to meeting rooms at the national science foundation

Jason J. Sauppe, David R. Morrison, Sheldon Howard Jacobson

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Abstract

The National Science Foundation provides funding for scientific research throughout the United States. Its program directors solicit requests for funding through calls for proposals and then assemble panels of experts to review these requests. The program directors are responsible for reserving meeting rooms for each of the panels. Our work automates much of the room reservation process by constructing and solving an optimization model that determines how panels should be assigned to available rooms to maximize the utilization of available meeting rooms. The model accommodates multiday panels, differences between the rooms (e.g., capacity, projector support), and double-booking constraints for both rooms and panel organizers. Staff members at the National Science Foundation are currently using this software, and have employed it to successfully schedule engineering directorate panels for the 2014-2015 review year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-542
Number of pages14
JournalInterfaces
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

Keywords

  • Funding
  • National Science Foundation
  • Optimization
  • Scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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