A Two-Stage Heuristic Approach for a Type of Rotation Assignment Problem

  • Ziran ZhengEmail author
  • Xiaoju Gong
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10942)


A two-stage heuristic algorithm is proposed for solving a trainee rotation assignment problem in a local school of nursing and its training hospital. At the first stage, the model is reduced to a simplified assignment problem and solved using a random search procedure. At the second stage, a problem-specific operator is designed and employed with a hill climber to further improve solutions. We benchmark our algorithm with instances generated based on the real-life rules. Results show that the proposed algorithm yields high-quality solutions in less computation time for large scale instances when compared with integer linear programming formulation using the commercial solver Cplex.


Trainee rotation assignment Personnel scheduling Heuristic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management Science and EngineeringShandong Normal UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong UniversityJinanChina

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