Submissions can be sent in from January 1, 2012 to May 7, 2012 (first round),
from April 1, 2012 to May 7, 2012 (second round),
and from June 1, 2012 to July 1, 2012 (third round).
Before sending in submissions you have to register
and you have to evaluate your submission with HSEval.
So your submission should contain the instance itself as well. All submissions in round 1 and 2 should be sent to Gerhard Post (g.f.post at utwente.nl).
The submission for round 3 should be sent to Jeff Kingston ( jef at it.usyd.edu.au).
Please, include your project name in the email.
Round 1. In this round you should submit solutions to XHSTT-2012. Please submit separate instances, i.e. an archive with one instance and one solution to it. Solutions not passing HSEval will not be considered.
Round 2.In this round you should submit solutions to XHSTT-ITC2011 . Here you should send in the complete solution group, containing your solutions. Solution groups not passing HSEval will not be considered.
Finalist paper. Soon after May 7, 2012 participants are informed if they made it to the final or not. Finalists should submit a paper that describes the algorithm used. This paper will be refereed by the competition organizers, and will appear in the PATAT 2012 conference proceedings if it is of an acceptable standard. The submission deadline is 1 June 2012.
The paper must be in the PATAT 2012 conference paper format, presented as an abstract, with an upper limit of 4 pages. As with any PATAT abstract, there will be opportunity after the conference to expand it into a full paper and submit that to the selected papers volume.
The paper must not describe the problem in detail, and it must not present official competition results in detail. For example, it is fine to say "Our solver came third in Round 2" or "Our solution to instance X had cost Y because ...", but it is not acceptable to give a table showing the results on individual instances. This is because there will be another paper published in the PATAT 2012 proceedings, written by the organizers, and that paper will describe the problem in detail and present all the official results. We don't want the problem description repeated over and over again, and we don't want confusion arising from finalists presenting one set of results and the organizers presenting another.
We'll try to provide a preview of the organizers' paper well before 1 June. It can be cited as follows:
Gerhard Post, Luca Di Gaspero, Jeffrey H. Kingston, Barry McCollum, and Andrea Schaerf, The Third International Timetabling Competition, Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT 2012), Son, Norway, August 2012.
Round 3. In this round you should submit solutions to XHSTT-ITC2011-hidden. Like in round 2, you should submit the complete solution group, containing your solutions. Solution groups not passing HSEval will not be considered.