Applying FireFly Algorithm to solve the problem of balancing curricula

José Miguel Rubio, Cristian L. Vidal-Silva, Ricardo Soto, Erika Madariaga, Franklin Johnson, Luis Carter

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The problem of assigning a balanced academic curriculum to academic periods of a curriculum, that is, the balancing curricula, represents a traditional challenge for every educational institution which look for a match among students and professors. This article proposes a solution for the balancing curricula problem using an optimization technique based on the attraction of fireflies (FA) meta-heuristic. We perform a set of test and real instances to measure the performance of our solution proposal just looking to deliver a system that will simplify the process of designing a curricular network in higher education institutions. The obtained results show that our solution achieves a fairly fast convergence and finds the optimum known in most of the tests carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


  • Attraction of fire-flies meta-heuristic
  • Balanced academic curriculum
  • Optimization


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