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In this paper, a hybrid approach towards University Course Scheduling has been presented. This approach is inspired by the mutual-aid and persistent/die-hard behavior of ants exhibited when faced with difficult scenario while collecting food. In first stage, ant functions construct a feasible solution with mutual help of each other without keeping in view the quality of the solution. In second stage, optimizer ant functions improve quality of the solution obtained in first stage. This approach is derived from persistent ant behavior where they coordinate and work resolutely on food/victim irrespective how difficult to carry it may be. A benefit of this approach is that many different heuristics and techniques may be used in the framework The approach has shown promising results when compared to existing approaches in literature.
Date of Conference: 18-21 Aug. 2007