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A command line tool to manage the schedule for a conference

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Conference Scehduler Command Line Interface

A command line tool to manage the schedule for a conference.


The library requires Python 3.6 or later. The simplest way to install is:

pip install conference-scheduler-cli

To install from source code:

git clone
cd ConferenceScheduler-cli
python install

Quick Start

The tool expects to find a directory with the necessary data files to define the conference. By default it will look for a directory named input under the current working directory.

It will generate YAML files in the format required by the conference website. By default, these will be placed a in a build directory under the current working directory.

It will also generate .csv and .pickle files to store the calculated schedule and its associated definition and a log file with the full details of the most recent calculation. By default, these will be placed in a solution directory under the current working directory.

The input, solution and build directories can be passed to the tool as command line options in place of the default locations.

To build the schedule with the default options:

scheduler build

There are also further options, e.g. to set the logging verbosity or the solver algorithm to use. To view those options:

scheduler --help

or, for the options for a specifc command:

scheduler build --help


v0.10.1 (2017-10-02)

  • Minor: Fix line ending of schedule.csv

v0.10.0 (2017-09-16)

  • Breaking Change: Output markdown files are no longer produced

  • New Feature: The ability to add ‘unbounded’ events which occur in all rooms on all days

  • Minor: Speaker names in their original form are included within the pickled events dictionary

  • Minor: The full slots list, with index number, is included in the log file

  • Minor: Allocated and unbounded events now have tags added automatically which ensure uniqueness (no longer necessary to use e.g. ‘morning’ tag)

  • Bug Fix: Durations for unbounded and allocated events are taken from their definition (previously hard coded as zero)

v0.9.1 (2017-09-06)

  • Minor: io functions now take the working directories as arguments

  • Minor: All proposals now included in pickled resources

v0.9.0 (2017-09-06)

  • New Feature: –reload option on validate command to control whether the conference definition is reloaded from input YAML files

  • Bug Fix: –help option threw an error if run outside a valid project folder structure

v0.8.4 (2017-09-04)

  • Minor: Subtitles from proposals are now imported

v0.8.3 (2017-09-02)

  • Bug Fix: Original schedule and new schedule were being passed to the diff function in the wrong order

v0.8.2 (2017-09-01)

  • Bug Fix: Pre-allocated events were being scheduled in addition to their pre-allocated slot when optimising for consistency

v0.8.1 (2017-08-24)

  • Minor: Order of fields altered in schedule.csv

v0.8.0 (2017-08-21)

  • New Feature: –diff option to control logging of schedule diff

v0.7.2 (2017-08-21)

  • Bug Fix: Consistency optimisation fixed

v0.7.1 (2017-08-21)

  • Minor: Updated log message for Unavailability

v0.7.0 (2017-08-21)

  • Bug Fix: Remove use of strings for Slot.starts_at

  • New Feature: Unavailability and clashes can now be defined for events as well as people

  • New feature: Capacity objective now split into efficiency or equity

v0.6.0 (2017-08-18)

  • New Feature: Pre-allocated events can be defined in allocations.yaml

  • Breaking Change: venues.yml renamed to timetable.yml

v0.5.0 (2017-08-17)

  • Breaking Change: content previously in separate yaml files now in venues.yaml

  • New Feature: objective function argument added to build command

v0.4.1 (2017-08-16)

  • Improved logging with counts of events and slots by event type

v0.4.0 (2017-08-14)

  • New Feature: Venue availability can be defined

  • Minor Improvement: Order of columns in schedule.csv swapped to show index numbers at lhs of file

v0.3.1 (2017-08-10)

  • Bug Fix: Redundant export of schedule on rebuild removed

v0.3.0 (2017-08-10)

  • New feature: Rebuild command Rebuild the output files from a previously computed schedule

v0.2.0 (2017-08-10)

  • New Featue: Validate command Validate a previously computed schedule

v0.1.0 (2017-08-10)

  • Initial release

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