Abstract—Function-space assignment, which allocates a function for each space in a facility, is one of the most important factors in determining the usability performance of a facility. An educational facility is often used through activity participation of different groups such as faculty or construction management graduate students. Members of a group participate in the same activities but with different behaviors (e.g., attendance rate, arrival time). This research uses two modules to optimize the function space assignment. The first module uses simulation technique to randomly generate activity data to accommodate the uncertain nature of activities. The second module uses the fmGA to optimize the function-space assignment. This paper also presents a real case study to demonstrate the use of the proposed model and compares its assignments with those generated by a renovation architect. The result shows a 14.80% higher objective value than the architect's version.
Index Terms—Function-space assignment, fast messy genetic algorithms, activity simulation.
R. J. Dzeng and F. Y. Hsiao are with the Department of Civil Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, 1001, University Road, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan (e-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
C. W. Lin is with the Department of Commutation and Technology, National Chiao-Tung University, 1001, University Road, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Ren-Jye Dzeng, Chong-Wey Lin, and Fan-Yi Hsiao, "Function-Space Assignment for Educational Facilities," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 161-166, 2013.