The multi-mode resource-constrained multi-project scheduling problem: the MISTA 2013 challenge

T. Wauters, J. Kinable, P. Smet, W. Vancroonenburg, G. Vanden Berghe, J. Verstichel

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Scheduling projects is a difficult and time consuming process, and has far-reaching implications for any organization’s operations. By generalizing various aspects of project scheduling, decision makers are enabled to capture reality and act accordingly. In the context of the MISTA 2013 conference, the first MISTA challenge, organized by the authors, introduced such a general problem model: the Multi-Mode Resource-Constrained Multi-Project Scheduling Problem (MRCMPSP). The present paper reports on the competition and provides a discussion on its results. Furthermore, it provides an analysis of the submitted algorithms, and a study of their common elements. By making all benchmark datasets and results publicly available, further research on the MRCMPSP is stimulated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-283
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Scheduling
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Competition
  • Heuristics
  • Multi-mode
  • Multi-project
  • Project scheduling

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