Student project allocation using integer programming

Anwar, A.A. and Bahaj, A.S. (2003) Student project allocation using integer programming. IEEE Transactions on Education, 46, (3), 359-367. (doi:10.1109/TE.2003.811038).


PDF - Version of Record
Download (541Kb)
Original Publication URL:


The allocation of projects to students is a generic problem in many universities within the U.K. and elsewhere, not only in engineering but also in various other disciplines. This paper defines the student project allocation problem explicitly by an objective function and a number of constraints. Two integer program models are presented, the first of which is a dynamic program. A general purpose solver is used to solve the models, and the input files are included in the Appendix. The models are computationally efficient and easily solved on a PC. Important issues in interpreting the model outputs are highlighted. As with any optimization problem it is possible for constraints to be too tight to permit any feasible solution. Application of the models is demonstrated by using data from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southampton, for the academic year 2001-2002. The model has been used successfully to allocate Individual Project and Group Project to students and is likely to become the defacto method of allocation of projects in the future. This paper demonstrates how operations research techniques used widely in optimizing use of resources can be applied in education.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1109/TE.2003.811038
ISSNs: 0018-9359 (print)
Related URLs:
Keywords: allocation model, group project, individual project, integer programming, University of Southampton
Subjects: T Technology
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 39378
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:09

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics