CFP special issue on soft constraints


Subject: CFP special issue on soft constraints
From: Francesca Rossi (rossi@di.unipi.it)
Date: Fri Sep 29 2000 - 17:19:10 MET DST


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                           CALL FOR PAPERS

               Special Issue of the Constraints Journal
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                          SOFT CONSTRAINTS

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In the last few years much effort has been devoted to extend the
classical framework of constraints to handle many kinds of soft
features, like fuzziness, preferences, uncertainties, and costs. Such
a generalization is however not easy, nor computationally
inexpensive. For this reason, new modelling, solving, and programming
environments have been defined, and their properties have been studied
and tested experimentally.

Moreover, two workshops on soft constraints (at CP 1999 and CP 2000)
have fostered the discussion on current issues and assessed the value
of these first efforts, pointing out some promising new directions for
research with soft constraints.

We therefore think it is of great value at this point to collect in an
archival form papers that address several aspects of soft
constraints. In particular, in this special issue we aim at collecting
high quality full papers that show novel methods, ideas, and results,
which advance the state of the art in this area. We encourage
submissions of papers addressing, in addition to other relevant
issues, the following topics:

-- algorithms to solve classes of soft constraints;
-- constraint languages that can deal with soft constraints;
-- methods, techniques, and environments to model real-life problems
as soft constraint problems;
-- applications of soft constraints.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

Papers should be submitted electronically by sending a message to the
volume editors (see adresses below) to declare you intention to
submit, including in the message the title, keywords, abstract, and
full address of the contacting author. You should also send a PS file
to both editors, produced according to the information for authors of
the Constraints journal (http://www.wkap.nl/journalhome.htm/1383-7133).
The paper should be not longer than 20 pages.

For more information about the Constraints journal and Kluwer academic
publishers see the URL http://www.wkap.nl/

IMPORTANT DATES

Intent to submit: December 1, 2000
Submission: December 15, 2000
Notification to authors: March 30, 2001
Final version: May 30, 2001

GUEST EDITORS

Philippe Codognet
University of Paris 6 (LIP6), Paris, France.
E-mail: Philippe.Codognet@lip6.fr

Francesca Rossi
University of Padova, Italy.
E-mail: frossi@math.unipd.it
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