2015 Wagner Prize Finalist - Ford Motor Company & University of Michigan

Scheduling Crash Tests at Ford Motor Company

We present the problem of scheduling crash tests for new vehicle programs at Ford. We developed a completely custom-made scheduling system that transforms a labor-intensive scheduling process relying on high levels of expertise, to a more automated one that utilizes optimization and institutionalizes expert knowledge. Our system enables engineers and managers to consider multiple scheduling scenarios, using efficient interfaces to specify problem instances and efficient methods to solve them.