a1 Dipartimento di Matematica, Università della Calabria, 87030 Rende, Italy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
a2 Dipartimento di Matematica, Università della Calabria, 87030 Rende, Italy; and Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (e-mail: email@example.com)
a5 Dipartimento di Matematica, Università della Calabria, 87030 Rende, Italy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The seaport of Gioia Tauro is the largest transshipment terminal of the Mediterranean coast. A crucial management task for the companies operating in the seaport is team-building: the problem of properly allocating the available personnel for serving the incoming ships. Teams have to be carefully arranged in order to meet several constraints, such as allocation of employees with appropriate skills, fair distribution of the working load, and turnover of the heavy/dangerous roles. This makes team-building a hard and expensive task requiring several hours of manual preparation per day.
In this paper we present a system based on Answer Set Programming for the automatic generation of the teams of employees in the seaport of Gioia Tauro. The system is currently exploited in the Gioia Tauro seaport by ICO BLG, a company specialized in automobile logistics.
(Received July 24 2010)
(Revised January 04 2011)
(Accepted January 16 2011)
(Online publication June 02 2011)