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First Call for Papers

The 15th Workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest Group

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool

Thursday 21 November - Friday 22 November 1996

We are pleased to invite contributions for the 15th UK Workshop on AI
Planning Systems and AI Scheduling Systems, to be held at the Liverpool
John Moores University, Liverpool, on Thursday 21 November and Friday 22
November 1996.

This workshop will be aimed at bringing together researchers attacking
different aspects of planning and scheduling problems and introducing new
researchers (for instance PhD students or researchers from other
disciplines) in the field to other workers.

To assist this, there will be two sorts of paper:

(i) Full papers: (approx 5000 words). These will report work in progress or
completed work. The author(s) will be invited to give a talk on the paper.

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

All papers, full or short, accepted by the workshop will be included in the
workshop proceedings. Although it is called the "United Kingdom" Special
Interest Group, we have had people from Europe and the USA at previous
workshops, and hope that this will continue.

As at the 14th SIG meeting we intend to run two concurrent sessions on the
first day, one devoted to AI planning, the other to AI scheduling. The
second day will be devoted to discussion groups.

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

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

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

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

Submission Requirements:

Those interested in participating should submit a paper (which may be work
in progress, a completed work, or a statement of interest) to the workshop
organiser (Gerry Kelleher) by 26 July 1996. Papers can be submitted via
email to as compressed and uuencoded postscript
files, or , or ascii text; or three copies of a paper can be submitted on
paper. Participants will be selected by the Programme Committee based on
their submissions. Invitations to participate will be sent by 1 September
1996. Authors of accepted papers will as usual have an opportunity to
revise their papers between acceptance and the printing of the proceedings.
Accepted papers submitted in HTML format will be made available via the SIG

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to:

Gerry Kelleher
15th UK Planning and Scheduling SIG
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences,
Liverpool John Moores University,
Liverpool, L3 3AF,
United Kingdom
phone: +44 151 231 3537
fax: +44 151 708 9867

Workshop Location The workshop will be held on the Liverpool John Moores
University campus, in the Peter Jost Centre. Accommodation is available at
the Adelphi Hotel. The hotel and Peter Jost Centre are 1 minute and 5
minutes walk from Liverpool Lime Street Station respectively (which is
approximately 2 hours by train from London). Liverpool Lime Street has
regular direct connections to Manchester International Airport (journey time
approximately 30 minutes). Liverpool Speke airport is 15 minutes by taxi
from the hotel.

Important Dates

26 July 1996 Submission Deadline
1 September 1996 Invitations to attend sent out
21-22 November 1996 Workshop.

Workshop Programme Committee:

Prog Chair: Gerry Kelleher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Mark Drummond, Electric Time Software, USA
Maria.Fox, Durham University, UK
Tim Grant, Origin/Nieuwegein bv, NL
Patrick Prosser, Strathclyde University, UK
Steve Smith, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Jon Spragg, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Sam Steel, Essex University, UK

> Professor Gerry Kelleher
> Assistant Provost (Research)
> 2 Rodney Street
> Liverpool John Moores University
> Liverpool
> L3 5UX

> Tel: 0151 231 3537
> Fax: 0151 708 9867

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