************************** Call for Papers *********************
The 20th Workshop of the UK PLANNING AND SCHEDULING Special Interest Group
To be held at Old College, University of Edinburgh, December 13-14, 2001
*** Deadline for submissions: 28th September ***
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 20th workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest
Group will be held at the University of Edinburgh. The workshop is a
yearly 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
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
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
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
Memory Based Approaches: case-based planning/scheduling; plan and operator
learning and reuse; incremental planning.
Reactive Systems: environmentally driven devices/behaviours; reactive
control; behaviours in the context of minimal representations; schedule
Robotics: Motion and path planning; planning and control; planning and
perception, integration of planning and perceptual systems.
Constraint-based Planning/Scheduling and Control Techniques:
constraint/preference propagation techniques, variable/value ordering
heuristics, intelligent backtracking/RMS-based techniques, iterative repair
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.
Format of submissions:
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.
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 (poster)
presentation on their work.
Possible methods of submission:
Hard copy: three hard copies of papers should reach the Programme Chair
by 28th September, 2001.
Electronic: papers can be submitted via e-mail or made available on
the Web. In both cases, documents should be in gzipped postscript or
PDF format and be named "author.ps.gz" or "author.pdf.gz", using the
name of the first author. An e-mail message containing either the file
or its URL (e.g. http://..../author.ps.gz) should reach the Programme
Chair by the 28th September 2001.
All submissions will be reviewed by two referees, and successful
submissions will appear in the Workshop Proceedings (ISSN 1368-5708).
Accepted papers will also be made available via the SIG web-site.
Anyone with an interest in Planning and Scheduling is welcome - it is not
necessary to submit a paper in order to attend.
The deadline for registration is 12th November 2001 (further details will be
available from http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/events/plansig2001).
Ruth Aylett, Salford University
Jeremy Baxter, DERA Malvern
Roberto Desimone, DERA Malvern
Michael Fourman, University of Edinburgh
Maria Fox, Durham University
Max Garagnani, The Open University
Peter Jarvis, SRI International
Derek Long, Durham University
Lee McCluskey, Huddersfield University
Julie Porteous, Durham University
Patrick Prosser, University of Glasgow
Peter Ross, Napier University
Sam Steel, Essex University
Austin Tate, University of Edinburgh
Programme Chair: John Levine, University of Edinburgh
Submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Programme Chair at the
Dr John Levine,
20th UK Planning and Scheduling SIG,
AI Applications Institute,
University of Edinburgh,
80 South Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1HN,
Tel. +44 (0)131 650 2732
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6513
Deadline for submission: 28th September
Notification of acceptance: 26th October
Final copy of papers due: 9th November
Deadline for registration: 12th November
PLANSIG 2001: 13th-14th December
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