ECP-01(Euro. Conference on Planning): Updated CFP and Deadline

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                      New submission deadline: May 4, 2001

          Best Paper Award supported by Artificial Intelligence Journal



                     6th European Conference on Planning

                           September 12 - 14, 2001

                                Toledo, Spain

                               CALL FOR PAPERS


    ECP is a major international conference for presentation of new research in
    AI Planning and Scheduling, and a fruitful opportunity for contact and
    cross-fertilization among the different ``souls'' in the field. It has
    taken place in Europe every other year since 1991. It has evolved very
    quickly from a restricted workshop mainly devoted to the presentation of
    European research to a well established conference devoted to the
    presentation of rigorous and innovative research results from the
    international community. The sixth ECP conference will take place in the
    center of historical Toledo, the very well known old Spanish city, crossing
    of many different cultures (Arabic, Jewish and Christian). ECP-01 would
    like to follow its established scientific tradition, also including events
    that highlight specific aspects of planning and scheduling research in the
    new millennium.


    ECP-01 encourages submissions on any topic in the planning and scheduling
    domain. The papers, which should be original, innovative and of high
    technical quality, may concern, not exhaustively, any of the following

    *domain-independent planning *planning and complexity *planning and
    scheduling under uncertainty *scheduling algorithms *decision-theoretic
    planning and scheduling *planning and reasoning about actions *plan
    recognition *planning and perception *planning and learning *knowledge
    engineering techniques for planning and scheduling *planning and scheduling
    with complex domain models *deductive planning *model-theoretic approaches
    to planning *constraint reasoning for planning and scheduling *distributed
    and multi-agent planning and scheduling *planning and execution *reactive
    planning *dynamic scheduling *scalability in planning and scheduling
    *mixed-initiative problem solving *case-based planning *robot planning
    *applications of planning and scheduling *planning, scheduling and the new
    information technology.

    In addition, ECP-01 will include two special tracks that particularly
    testify to the current effort of the AI planning and scheduling community
    to create a bridge between labs and the real world. If sufficiently many
    good papers are submitted on these topics, they will be specially grouped
    within the regular sessions. There may also be discussion panels and/or
    invited talks on these topics. The special tracks are the following:

    Planning, scheduling, and their integration:

      In the last ten years, there has been increasing awareness of the
      importance of integrating planning and scheduling techniques. In fact such
      integration may create a useful premise for addressing very complex real
      problems (e.g., the control of various autonomous systems). At present
      examples of the integration exist in some software architectures but the
      understanding of the theoretical basis of this integration is at an early
      stage. Many relevant questions remain open, such as: the role of
      constraint-satisfaction techniques as the common root for such integration;
      the issue of interleaving planning and scheduling versus actually
      integrating them; the role that languages for describing the domain
      features play in planning and scheduling; and the analysis of the classes
      of problems where such integration is actually needed.

    Plans, schedules and their robustness:

      When considering the solution of a given planning/scheduling problem in
      isolation, a natural measure of solution quality is plan minimal length.
      When problem solving is performed within the broader perspective of a plan
      life-cycle, other metrics become relevant. One class of such metrics
      concerns plan robustness, where robustness might be broadly defined as the
      ability of a plan to be resistant to changes over its lifetime. The
      concept of robustness is implicitly contained in some current research but
      an explicitation of the problems it involves requires attention. We would
      like to create an opportunity for discussing issues related to
      plan/schedule robustness in the large, including the development of clear
      definitions of and evaluation metrics for robustness, the design of methods
      for producing ``robust plans'', clarification of the role of formal
      verification and validation in this concern, and comparison of the
      differences that may exist between robust planning and scheduling.

    The same standards will be applied to papers whether or not they are on the
    special topics. Additionally, ECP-01 encourages submission in the
    following special categories:

    Benchmarks: descriptions of test cases derived from significant real
      wold problems or formulation of artificial problems that clearly
      point out difficulties not addressed by current technology. In both
      cases the description should be accurate and detailed enough to allow
      other research to reproduce/use it.

    Demonstrations: descriptions of real world prototypes and demonstration
      systems that show planning and scheduling systems taken not only in
      isolation but also used/embedded in larger systems. Submission in
      this category should have a running demo to be showed during a
      specific event at the conference.

    Submissions in these last two categories will be reviewed by a specific
    subgroup within the program committee that will judge both their pertinence
    and relevance, and also recommend how they will be presented at the
    conference. Selected submissions in both categories will appear in a
    special section on the conference post-proceedings, in addition they will
    be allotted space on the permanent Web pages of PLANET---the European
    Network of Excellence in AI Planning and


    Papers should have a front page containing the title, the names and full
    addresses---including e-mail addresses and fax numbers---of all authors,
    keywords, and a 100-200 word abstract. Papers should be written in
    English, in 12pt type and must not exceed 12 pages, excluding front page
    and references. Please specify in the first page immediately after the
    abstract a list of keywords characterizing your work. If you are
    submitting a paper to a special track or special category please select one
    of the following items as your first keyword: ``INTEGRATION'',
    ``ROBUSTNESS'', ``BENCHMARK'', or ``DEMO''. The primary means of
    submission will be electronic, in PostScript or PDF format. Papers should
    be compressed using compress or gzip, then encoded using uuencode, and
    e-mailed to the programme chair. If electronic submission is not possible,
    five hard copies should be sent to the postal address given below. All
    papers must reach the programme chair by

                                   May 4, 2001

    Notification of acceptance or rejection will be mailed to the first or
    designated author on or before June 15, 2001. Accepted papers must be
    presented at the conference, in English, by one of the authors. As usual
    for ECP, the edited version of all the accepted papers will be included in
    the official conference post-proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in
    the LNAI series.

                                  BEST PAPER AWARD

    The Artificial Intelligence Journal will support a best paper award for

    Additionally the ECP program committee members will nominate 3-5 high
    quality papers that they believe would provide the basis for good,
    potentially extended papers for the AIJ. AIJ will invite the authors of
    these papers to submit a revised version for publication in the Journal
    (with a promise from the Journal to provide a rapid reviewing turnaround).

                                PROGRAMME COMMITEE

    Ruth Aylett (University of Salford)
    Chris Beck (ILOG S.A.)
    Michael Beetz (University of Bonn)
    Susanne Biundo (University of Ulm)
    Daniel Borrajo (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid -- local chair)
    Luis Castillo (Universidad de Grenada)
    Amedeo Cesta (Nat. Research Council of Italy -- programme chair)
    Steve Chien (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
    Berthe Choueiry (University of Nebrasca at Lincoln)
    Rina Dechter (University of California at Irvine)
    Giuseppe De Giacomo (University of Rome ``La Sapienza'')
    Maria Fox (University of Durham)
    Hector Geffner (Universidad Simon Bolivar)
    Alfonso Gerevini (University of Brescia)
    Malik Ghallab (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse)
    Enrico Giunchiglia (University of Genoa)
    Joachim Hertzberg (GMD, St.Augustin)
    Peter Jonsson (University of Linkoping)
    Subbarao Kambhampati (Arizona State University)
    Jana Koehler (Schindler Lifts S.A.)
    Sven Koenig (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    Claude Le Pape (ILOG S.A.)
    Lee McCluskey (University of Huddersfield)
    Alfredo Milani (University of Perugia)
    Nicola Muscettola (NASA Ames Research Center)
    Karen Myers (SRI, Menlo Park)
    Martha Pollack (University of Michigan)
    Jussi Rintanen (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg)
    Alessandro Saffiotti (University of Orebro)
    Camilla Schwind (LIM-CNRS, Marseille)
    David E. Smith (NASA Ames Research Center)
    Stephen F. Smith (Carnegie Mellon University)
    Sam Steel (University of Essex)
    Sylvie Thiebaux (CSIRO, Canberra)
    Paolo Traverso (IRST, Trento)
    Manuela Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University).

    Programme Chair: Local Arrangements Chair:

    Amedeo Cesta Daniel Borrajo
    National Research Council of Italy Departamento de Informatica - ScaLAB
    IP-CNR [PST] Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    Viale Marx, 15 Avda. de la Universidad, 30
    I-00137 Rome 28911-Leganes, Madrid
    Italy Spain
    e-mail: e-mail:

                                CURRENT SPONSOR LIST

    AIJ, PLANET, AI*IA, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, IP-CNR, SCALAB, PST


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