PLANSIG 2001 - Call for Papers

From: John Levine (johnl@aiai.ed.ac.uk)
Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 11:36:11 MET DST

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    ************************** 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

    http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/events/plansig2001

    *** 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
    world.

    SCOPE

    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
    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.

    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, 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
    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.

    SUBMISSIONS

    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.

    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 deadline for registration is 12th November 2001 (further details will be
    available from http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/events/plansig2001).

    PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

          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
    following address:

    Dr John Levine,
    20th UK Planning and Scheduling SIG,
    AI Applications Institute,
    University of Edinburgh,
    80 South Bridge,
    Edinburgh, EH1 1HN,
    United Kingdom.

    Tel. +44 (0)131 650 2732
    Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6513
    E-mail: J.Levine@ed.ac.uk
    URL: http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/~johnl

    IMPORTANT DATES

      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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