Conference Title: International Conference in Business,Technology and Innovation 2013
Conference Title: UBT Publications
Contributing Editos: Prof. Albert Qarri, Prof. Ibrahim Krasniqi, Krenare Pireva, Evelina Bazini, Nita Abrashi
Co-Organizers: Ardian Emini, Vlora Aliu, Betim Gashi, Xhemajl Mehmeti, Kushtrim Dragusha, Murat Retkoceri, Kaltrina Bunjaku, Leonita Braha
Start Date: 2013-11-01
End Date: 2013-11-02
Venue, City, Country: : Hotel Bleart , Durres , Albania

Paper Title

MoreSpace - a Simulation Tool for University Room Management


Nicole Nagele-Wild , Stefan Emrich , Shabnam Tauböck , Felix Breitenecker , Salah Alkilani , Niki Popper , Dietmar Wiegand


The project MoreSpace at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) was initiated with the goal of optimizing the usage of room resources at the VUT. Generally all rooms that are used to hold lectures are considered as resources. The initiation of this project was as the result of a study that was made by the department responsible for resource management at the VUT. This study showed that there are basically enough resources, in some areas even more than are needed to cover the demand. But the teaching personnel and those who are involved with the booking process at the VUT found these results not convincing from their own point of view. Not only because of the run for rooms at the beginning of every semester for holding their own lectures in which they find themselves obliged to join, but also because it seemed for some of them impossible to get a room on short notice during the semester. In the department of Analysis and Scientific Computing the process of room booking was simulated to get a better insight into the problem. There were many questions to answer as: Are there really enough resources? And if yes, were do these problem originate from then? Are resources used in an inefficient way? Is there a potential to achieve a better usage of the resources... etc. We have started by using a combination of agent and event based modeling approaches that resulted not only in proving that the earlier results were correct but also in revealing that the existing resources may be used in a more optimized way. MoreSpace comes along with a toolbox of simulation programs, making use of DEVS approach and cellular automata approach. Database interfaces allow a use for various educational institutions.