K.U.Leuven - Departement toegepaste economische wetenschappen
DTEW Research Report 9905 pages:1-16
Both machine and project scheduling are the subject of intensive research activities. A wealth of problem types have been studied over the past years and a wide variety of exact and suboptimal solution procedures have been developed. It appears that both fields have evolved independently, despite the fact that problems under study have a lot in common. While it is customary to classify machine scheduling problems by a standard three-field classification scheme, project scheduling problems are still identified using rather confusing acronyms. In this paper, we present an integrated classification scheme for resource scheduling, which allows for the unique classification of both machine and project scheduling problems. We hope that the presented integrated classification scheme is a first step towards the unification of research in both the machine scheduling and project scheduling area, which, we believe, may lead to substantial synergies in both areas.