A dynamic programming based algorithm for the crew scheduling problem (with B.Cao), Computers & Operations Research, vol.25, 1998, pp567-582
In this paper we consider the crew scheduling problem, that is the problem of assigning K crews to tasks with fixed start and finish times such that each crew does not exceed a limit on the total time it can spend working. This problem is formulated as a problem of finding K time limit constrained vertex disjoint paths which visit all vertices on a network. A lower bound for the problem is found via dynamic programming. This lower bound is improved via a lagrangean based penalty procedure and subgradient optimisation. Computational results are given for a number of randomly generated problems involving between 50 and 500 tasks.
J E Beasley