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Authors: Sotiria Lampoudi 1 and Eric Saunders 2

Affiliations: 1 University of California, United States ; 2 Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, United States

ISBN: 978-989-8565-40-2

ISSN: 2184-4372

Keyword(s): Scheduling, Astronomy.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Applications ; Operational Research ; Pattern Recognition ; Scheduling ; Software Engineering

Abstract: Scheduling of university and institutional telescopes is typically performed manually, and astronomers are used to interacting with a human to explain their requirements for resources and time. Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) is deploying a worldwide network of robotic telescopes. At LCOGT manual scheduling is infeasible due to: 1) the number of resources and observations that must be scheduled, 2) the scheduling-time dependencies that arise when concurrent or consecutive access to telescopes is required, and 3) the need to rapidly re-calculate the schedule to accommodate near-real-time requests from high priority observing programmes (e.g. transient followup programmes), and changing resource availability due to weather and other reasons. In this paper we develop a formalism capable of expressing the complex requirements and preferences of astronomers concerning resource and time allocation on a telescope network, and formulate the offline telescope network schedulin g problem as the problem of choosing and scheduling (i.e. assigning concrete start and end times to) a maximum priority, non-overlapping subset of an input list of requests. (More)

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Lampoudi, S. and Saunders, E. (2013). Telescope Network Scheduling - Rationale and Formalisms.In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES, ISBN 978-989-8565-40-2, ISSN 2184-4372, pages 313-317. DOI: 10.5220/0004274203130317

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JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems - Volume 1: ICORES,
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PY - 2013
SP - 313
EP - 317
DO - 10.5220/0004274203130317

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