Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 49–64 | Cite as

Validating scheduling approaches against executional uncertainty

  • Riccardo Rasconi
  • Amedeo Cesta
  • Nicola Policella


This paper introduces a general methodology to perform a comparative evaluation of different approaches to the problem of scheduling with uncertainty. Different proactive (off-line) and reactive (on-line) scheduling policies are evaluated by simulating the execution of a number of baseline schedules under uncertain environmental conditions, and observing the solution behaviors as such schedules get stressed by exogenous events. The analysis aims at assessing the impact of both proactive and reactive scheduling efforts on the robustness of the baseline solutions, against measurable disrupting factors, through reproducible experiments. As the results show, this dynamic approach reveals extremely useful to unveil some subtle aspects, which would have remained undetected through static metric evaluations.


Scheduling with uncertainty Reactive scheduling Proactive scheduling Schedule execution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riccardo Rasconi
    • 1
  • Amedeo Cesta
    • 1
  • Nicola Policella
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Cognitive Science and TechnologyItalian National Research CouncilRomeItaly
  2. 2.European Space Agency, European Space Operations CenterDarmstadtGermany

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