2nd CFP: 18th UK Planning & Scheduling SIG


Subject: 2nd CFP: 18th UK Planning & Scheduling SIG
From: Daniel Ballin (d.ballin@iti.salford.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Jul 23 1999 - 16:47:55 MET DST


CALL FOR PAPERS

The 18th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest
Group

http://www.salford.ac.uk/planning/PLANSIG99/

December 15-16, 1999

University of Salford, Salford (United Kingdom)

The 1999 workshop of the U.K. Planning and Scheduling Special Interest
Group (organised by the University of Salford) will be held at The
Manchester Business School in Manchester, UK. The workshop is an
annual forum where academics, industrialists and research students can
meet and discuss current issues in an informal setting. We especially
aim to bring together researchers attacking different aspects of
planning and scheduling problems and to introduce new researchers to
the community. In recent years the SIG has attracted an international
gathering, and we continue to welcome contributions from around the
world.

Topic of interest include:

Applications: empirical studies of existing planning/scheduling
systems; domain-specific techniques; heuristic techniques; user
interfaces for planning and scheduling.

Architectures: real-time support for planning/scheduling/control;
mixed- initiative planning and user interfaces.

Environmental and Task Models: analyses of the dynamics of
environments, tasks, and domains with regard to different models of
planning and execution.

Formal Models: reasoning about knowledge, action, and time;
representations and ontologies for planning and scheduling; search
methods and analysis of algorithms; formal characterisation of
existing planners and schedulers.

Intelligent Agency: resource-bounded reasoning; distributed problem
solving; integrating reaction and deliberation.

Learning: learning in the context of planning and execution; learning
new plans and operators; learning in the context of scheduling and
schedule maintenance.

Memory Based Approaches: case-based planning/scheduling; plan and
operator learning and reuse; incremental planning.

Planning and Perception: integration of planning and perceptual
systems.

Reactive Systems: environmentally driven devices/behaviours; reactive
control; behaviours in the context of minimal representations; schedule
maintenance.

Robotics: Motion and path planning; planning and control; planning and
perception.

Constraint-based Planning/Scheduling and Control Techniques:
constraint/preference propagation techniques, variable/value ordering
heuristics, intelligent backtracking/RMS-based techniques, iterative
repair heuristics, etc.

Coordination Issues in Decentralised/Distributed planning/scheduling:
coordination issues in both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems,
system architecture issues, integration of strategic and tactical
decision making.

Iterative Improvement Techniques for Combinatorial Optimisation:
genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search, neural nets, etc
applied to scheduling and/or planning.

Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research: comparative studies
and innovative applications combining AI and OR techniques, applied to
scheduling and/or planning.

ATTENDANCE

Anyone with an interest in Planning and Scheduling is welcome - it is
not necessary to submit a paper in order to attend.

REGISTRATION

The Registration fee will include attendance at the Workshop on
December 15th and 16th, lunch and morning and afternoon tea/coffee,
and a copy of the Proceedings (ISSN 1368-5708).

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation will be available at The Manchester Business School,
which is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Manchester.

SUBMISSIONS

Format of submissions:

(i) Full papers: (approx 5000 words). These should report work in
progress or completed work. Authors of full papers which are accepted
by the Programme Committee will be invited to give a talk on the
paper.

(ii) Short papers: (2 pages) These should report views or ambitions,
or describe problems. The author(s) will be able to discuss the paper
informally with others at the workshop and may be invited to give a
short presentation of their work.

Three hard copies of papers should be sent to the Programme Chair to
arrive no later than September 17th, 1999. Alternatively, papers can
be submitted before this date via email, as compressed and uuencoded
postscript files, named author.ps, or ascii text files, named
author.txt, in both cases using the name of the first author.

All submissions will be reviewed by two referees, and successful
submissions will appear in the Workshop Proceedings. Also, accepted
papers submitted in HTML format will be made available via the SIG
website.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to:

Ruth Aylett,
18th UK Planning and Scheduling SIG,
Centre for Virtual Environments,
Business House,
University of Salford,
Salford,
M5 4WT, UK.

tel: +44 161 295 2922
email: sig99@angmar.iti.salford.ac.uk

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

   * Programme Chair: Ruth Aylett, University of Salford, UK
   * Tim Chippington Derrick, ILOG, UK
   * Roberto Desimone, DERA, Malvern, UK
   * Maria Fox, Durham University, UK
   * Tim Grant, Origin (Technical Automation/Command and Control),
     The Netherlands
   * Peter Jarvis, AIAI
   * Gerry Kelleher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
   * Lee McCluskey, Huddersfield University, UK
   * Louise Pryor, Harlequin Ltd, UK
   * Patrick Prosser, University of Strathclyde, UK
   * Sam Steel, Essex University, UK
   * Mark Wallace, IC-PARC, Imperial College London, UK

IMPORTANT DATES

   * Deadline for submission: September 17th, 1999
   * Notification of acceptance sent to authors by email:
     October 29th, 1999
   * Final copy of paper due: November 19th, 1999
   * Deadline for registration: November 19th, 1999



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