Air Force Operations Center Scheduling  

OR 680: Capstone Project

George Mason University
Class of Spring 2011


The U.S. Air Force is responsible for staffing multiple operation centers. This requires a complex scheduling effort in order to meet various requirements and metrics. An initial schedule is produced for the start of each month, afterwards adjustments are made on a daily basis to respond to changes in crew availability and alert status. The continuous modifications lead to significant human-in-the-loop effort in order to meet crew scheduling requirements.


The main goal of this effort is to develop an optimization algorithm(s) for automatic scheduling of the operation centers to improve efficiency and performance of the existing scheduling software. As time and group dynamics permit, additional objectives can include development of traditional systems engineering products to support the effort. These can include, but are not limited to, system architecture, requirements document, system engineering management plan, and test and evaluation master plan.


Kepler Research, Inc.

  • Brian Collins (

  • Matt Prebble (