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Marine Log

September 24, 2007

Shipyards said to shun cost-cutting technology

Dr. Matthew Ginsberg, chief executive officer of On Time Systems, Inc., will present a keynote address at the 2007 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). In this talk, he will discuss technology that has the potential to reduce U.S. Navy new ship acquisition costs by $500 million annually.

Dr. Ginsberg will also indicate that the shipyards currently producing vessels for the Navy are aware of this technology but have chosen not to deploy it because it is not in their financial interests to reduce costs.

The ICAPS'07 conference will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence;

Dr. Ginsberg's talk is at 9AM on Tuesday, September 25.

According to OTS, its solutions "represent a completely new approach to scheduling devised as our collaboration with shipyards began to reveal fundamental flaws existing technologies and solutions provided to shipyards.

OTS' flagship optimization product is ARGOS. ARGOS is a shipyard schedule optimization tool that is intended to work in tandem with project management and project scheduling systems. The ARGOS scheduler relies on a fundamentally different algorithm than existing scheduling systems that is claimed to allow ARGOS to balance numerous, possibly conflicting, objectives instead of simply trying to minimize duration.

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