The International Series of Conferences on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT) is held biennially as a forum for both researchers and practitioners of timetabling to exchange ideas.

Whether it is sporting events, educational institutions, transportation or employee management the construction of efficient timetables which provide the maximum in way of flexibility for all constituent parts is as important as it is challenging. An increasingly important aspect within organisations is an automated approach which maximises all aspects of resource usage. In doing so a number of quantitative and qualitative challenges must be dealt with from both a technical and practical perspective.

An important aim of the Conference is to align the needs of practitioners and the objectives of researchers. This is achieved through the presentation and application of leading edge research techniques. Practitioners and Researchers alike are encouraged to present their work and experiences with the overall goal of developing efficient and practical solutions. With this goal in mind, at PATAT2014, researchers and practitioners will be brought together through a number of key presentations and workshops.

A dedicated conference stream will concentrate on the link between planning and management within the educational sector. A number of keynote talks will be delivered by leading practitioners from the University sector and those companies which provide automated timetable solutions.