CFP: 17th Workshop of the UK Planning & Scheduling SIG

Subject: CFP: 17th Workshop of the UK Planning & Scheduling SIG
From: Ms. D.Kitchin (
Date: Tue Mar 24 1998 - 15:42:16 MET

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             * CALL FOR PAPERS *
               17th Workshop of the UK Planning
            and Scheduling Special Interest Group

                    September 9-10, 1998

       University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (England)

The 1998 workshop of the UK Planning and Scheduling Special Interest
Group will be held at Canalside West, an award winning 19th Century
renovated textile mill, on the campus of the University of Huddersfield.
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.

Topics 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
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.

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 on their work.

Three hard copies of papers should be sent to the Programme Chair
to arrive no later than May 18th, 1998. Alternatively, papers can be
submitted before this date via email, as compressed and uuencoded
postscript files, named, 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

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to:
Lee McCluskey
17th UK Planning and Scheduling SIG,
Department of Computing Science,
School of Computing and Mathematics,
The University of Huddersfield,
Queensgate, Huddersfield,
West Yorks HD1 3DH, UK
tel: +44 1484 472247


Programme Chair: Lee McCluskey, Huddersfield University, UK
Ruth Aylett, Salford University, UK
Jim Blythe, ISI, Univerity of Southern California, USA
Maria Fox, Durham University, UK
Tim Grant, Origin (Technical Automation/Command and Control), The Netherlands
Gerry Kelleher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Jana Koehler, Albert Ludwigs University, Germany
David Little, Huddersfield University, UK
Louise Pryor, Harlequin Ltd, UK
Patrick Prosser, University of Strathclyde, UK
Sam Steel, Essex University, UK


   * Deadline for submission: May 18th, 1998
   * Notification of acceptance sent to authors: June 30th, 1998
   * Final copy of paper due: July 31st, 1998


Workshop Information:
Information about Huddersfield and the local area:
Information about the UK Planning and Scheduling SIG:


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