Alex Fukunaga, Ed Hamilton, Jason Fama, David Andre, Ofer Matan, and Illah Nourbakhsh, Blue Pumpkin Software
The staff scheduling problem is a critical problem in the call center (or more generally, customer contact center) industry. This paper describes Director, a staff scheduling system for contact centers. Director is a constraint-based system that uses AI search techniques to generate schedules that satisfy and optimize a wide range of constraints and service quality metrics. Director has been successfully deployed at over 800 contact centers, with significant measurable benefits, some of which are documented in case studies included in this paper.