CFP: Constraints and Uncertainty Workshop

From: Ken Brown (kbrown@csd.abdn.ac.uk)
Date: Mon Jul 16 2001 - 12:22:58 MET DST

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    CALL FOR PAPERS

    A CP2001 workshop

    CONSTRAINTS AND UNCERTAINTY

    December 1st, 2001
    Cyprus

    http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~kbrown/CP2001Uncertainty/

    Description of the workshop
    ---------------------------

    The handling of uncertainty is a significant issue in many real-world
    problems traditionally tackled by constraint-based methods.
    Uncertainty can arise through incomplete knowledge of the problem at
    hand, or through incomplete knowledge of how the problem changes over
    time, or may be inherent in the problem itself. Though explicit
    treatment of uncertainty has long been a central topic in artificial
    intelligence, it has received little attention from the constraints
    community. Constraints research that has addressed uncertainty is
    dispersed among a number of sub-fields - Soft Constraints, and Dynamic
    CSPs, for example. The goal of this workshop will be to bring together
    the different aspects of uncertainty in constraint problems, to consider
    how existing methods can be used to handle uncertainty, and to consider
    avenues for future research. Thus in addition to research results, we
    also welcome discussions of work in progress, challenge problems, and
    surveys of existing techniques. The workshop will be of interest to
    those modelling and solving real world problems, to those interested in
    theoretical issues in constraints, and also to members of the Uncertainty
    in AI community.

    We invite submissions which address any of the following topics, or
    which deal with any other aspect of constraints and uncertainty:

    * modelling uncertainty in static constraint problems
    * algorithms for handling uncertainty in static constraint problems
    * modelling uncertainty in dynamic constraint problems
    * algorithms for handling uncertainty in dynamic constraint problems
    * uncertainty and constraints in application domains - for example,
                      scheduling, vehicle routing, and resource allocation
    * the contributions of existing constraint-based techniques to
                      uncertainty handling

    Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee, and will be
    selected based on their contribution to the topic of the workshop.
    For those who would like to participate, but do not wish to submit a
    full paper, we request short position statements of at most 2 pages,
    describing their research background or presenting a view on
    constraints and uncertainty.

    Submission guidelines
    ---------------------

    Final papers for the workshop notes will be limited to 10 pages in the
    Spinger Verlag LNCS style (font size 10). Please email all submissions
    as either postscript, MS Word 6.0 or pdf to Ken Brown
    (kbrown@csd.abdn.ac.uk) by August 30th. Each submission should have a
    title page with the name, address, and email address for each author.
    One of the authors should be identified as the contact author.
    Short position papers should also be submitted by August 30th.

    Attendance Details
    ------------------

    At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop.
    All workshop attendees must pay the CP/ICLP workshop registration fee.
    The workshop will be timed in consultation with the organisers of the Soft
    Constraints workshop, so that there is no overlap, and attendance at both
    will be possible.

    Important Dates
    ---------------

         Email submission: August 30th
         Notification: September 26th
         Final versions: October 8th
         CP2001: November 26th
         Workshop: December 1st

    Workshop Organisers
    -------------------

    Chris Beck, ILOG, France, cbeck@ilog.fr
    Ken Brown, University of Aberdeen, UK, kbrown@csd.abdn.ac.uk (Primary Contact)

    Program Committee
    -----------------

    Andrew Davenport, IBM TJ Watson, USA
    Theirry Vidal, ENIT , France
    Philippe Laborie, ILOG , France
    Amedeo Cesta , CNR, Italy
    Gerard Verfaillie, ONERA, France
    Carmen Gervet, IC-Parc, UK

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