PATAT 2000 Call for Papers

Subject: PATAT 2000 Call for Papers
From: Edmund Burke (
Date: Mon May 10 1999 - 11:04:32 MET DST


                               CALL FOR PAPERS

                                 PATAT 2000

                         The 3rd international conference
              on the Practice And Theory of Automated Timetabling

               Wednesday, 16th August - Friday, 18th August 2000

                          Fachhochschule Konstanz
                       University of Applied Sciences
                             Constance, Germany

This conference is the third in a series of conferences that serve as
a forum for an international community of researchers, practitioners and
vendors on all aspects of computer-aided timetable generation. For more
information about the series of conferences see

The themes of the conference include (but are not limited to):

   o Sports Timetabling
   o Educational Timetabling
   o Transport Timetabling
   o Employee Timetabling
   o Complexity issues
   o Distributed timetabling systems
   o Experiences
   o Implementations
   o Commercial packages
   o Interactive vs batch timetabling
   o Timetable Updating
   o Relationship with other scheduling problems
   o Timetabling Research Areas, including: Constraint Based Methods
                                             Evolutionary Computation
                                                 Artificial Intelligence
                                             Graph Colouring
                                             Expert Systems
                                             Heuristic Search
                                             Knowledge Based Systems
                                             Operational Research
                                             Simulated Annealing
                                             Local Search
                                             Mathematical Programming
                                             Soft Computing
                                             Tabu Search


All submissions should include a cover page which
states clearly:

             (1) the names of the authors
             (2) the contact person and address
             (3) e-mail address (if you have one)
             (4) Keywords
             (5) The category of submission (full paper or abstract)

The keywords should mention the relevant conference themes listed above
(if this is possible).

Authors are invited to submit presentations in one of two categories:

(a) Full Papers

Authors should submit papers describing significant, original and
unpublished work. Four (hard) copies of the paper should be submitted
by January 21st 2000 to Dr E.K.Burke at the address below. We expect the
length of the final papers to be no more than 8000 words.

These papers will be fully refereed by the programme committee
and the accepted ones will appear in a conference proceedings
(ISBN 3-00-003866-3).

A selection of the papers will appear in a post conference volume
published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.
The second round of refereeing for this volume will take place shortly
after the conference.

(b) Abstracts

Authors can submit abstracts of up to 1000 words to Dr E.K.Burke.
Four (hard) copies of the abstract should be submitted by January 21st

Abstracts will be fully refereed. The accepted ones will
appear in the conference proceedings (ISBN 3-00-003866-3). The actual
abstracts will not go forward to the second round of refereeing for
the post-conference volume. However, authors of accepted abstracts
will have the opportunity to write a paper (based on their abstract)
and submit it for the selected papers volume at a later date
(shortly after the conference).

People who wish to give a talk (e.g. practitioners, researchers with
incomplete work) but do not want to write an academic paper can submit
under this category.


   Paper/abstract submissions January 21st 2000
   Notification of acceptance April 21st 2000 (at the latest)

Programme Committee

Edmund Burke (co-chair) University of Nottingham, UK
Wilhelm Erben (co-chair) FH Konstanz - University of Applied
                                Sciences, Germany
Victor Bardadym International Renaissance Foundation,
                                Kiev, Ukraine
James Blakesley Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Patrice Boizumault Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
Michael Carter University of Toronto, Canada
David Corne University of Reading, UK
Andrew Cumming Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
Patrick De Causmaecker KaHo St.-Lieven, Gent, Belgium
Marco Dorigo Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Kathryn Dowsland University of Wales Swansea, UK
Jacques Ferland Universite de Montreal, Canada
Alain Hertz EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland
Jeffrey Kingston University of Sydney, Australia
Gilbert Laporte Universite de Montreal, Canada
Vahid Lotfi University of Michigan-Flint, USA
Henri Luchian "Al. I. Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania
Michael Magazine University of Cincinnati, USA
Amnon Meisels Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Thiruthlall Nepal ML Sultan Technikon, Durban, South Africa
James Newall University of Nottingham, UK
Ben Paechter Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
Peter Ross University of Edinburgh, UK
Andrea Schaerf Universita` di Udine, Italy
Jan Schreuder University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Jonathan Thompson Cardiff University, UK
Michael Trick Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Rupert Weare Cap Gemini plc, Newcastle, UK
Dominique de Werra EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland
George White University of Ottawa, Canada
Michael Wright Lancaster University, UK
Jay Yellen Florida Tech, Melbourne, USA
Masazumi Yoshikawa NEC Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan

About the Venue:

Lake Constance is Europe's second largest inland lake. It lies nestled in a
beautiful landscape of hills and mountains between Germany, Switzerland and
Austria. At the point where the lake drains into the river Rhine there was
an old Roman fort, which later became the medieval town of Constance
(Konstanz). This central medieval part of the town, directly adjoining the
shore, still survives today.

Constance has a population of around 76,000 and has two universities.
During summer, tourists from all over the world visit the region which
offers a range of tourist opportunities such as watersports, cycling,
rambling, boat excursions and many more. The nearby Swiss Alps offer
many opportunities for extended mountain tours. The region is host to
important cultural monuments from every period. A number of medieval
castles and baroque churches are of particular interest. At the Bregenz
Festival, which takes place every summer, operas and concerts are performed
on a unique stage over the lake. In July/August 2000 Giuseppe Verdi's "A
Masked Ball" will be on the programme.

Constance is easily accessible by train from the airports of Zurich
(Switzerland; 75 km), Stuttgart (190 km), Munich (230 km) or
Frankfurt (345 km).

The following web sites contain more information about Lake Constance
(known as the "Bodensee" to German speakers):

Would you like to go to the Bregenz Festival? Then have a look at

You could also take the opportunity to visit the World Exposition EXPO 2000
during your stay in Germany. It will take place in Hanover from July to
October. Further details can be found from the following web site:

For more information, contact:

Dr E.K.Burke
Automated Scheduling and Planning Research Group.
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom


Dr W.Erben
Department of Computer Science
FH Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences

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