PATAT 02 Call for Papers

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                                   CALL FOR PAPERS

                                     PATAT 2002

                             The 4th international conference
                  on the Practice And Theory of Automated Timetabling

                   Wednesday, 21st August - Friday, 23rd August 2002

                                   KaHo St.-Lieven

    This conference is the fourth 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 25th 2002 to Prof 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 90-806096-1-7).

    As in previous years, 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 Prof E.K.Burke.
    Four (hard) copies of the abstract should be submitted by January 25th

    Abstracts will be fully refereed. The accepted ones will
    appear in the conference proceedings (ISBN 90-806096-1-7). 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 25th 2002
       Notification April 26th 2002 (at the latest)

    Programme Committee

    Edmund Burke (co-chair) University of Nottingham, UK
    Patrick De Causmaecker (co-chair) KaHo St.-Lieven, Gent, Belgium

    Viktor Bardadym L&H Speech Products NV, Belgium
    Patrice Boizumault Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
    Peter Brucker University of Osnabruck, Germany
    Michael Carter University of Toronto, Canada
    David Corne University of Reading, UK
    Peter Cowling University of Nottingham, UK
    Andrew Cumming Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
    Kathryn Dowsland Gower Optimal Algorithms Ltd.
    Wilhelm Erben FH Konstanz - University of Applied
                                            Sciences, Germany
    Jacques Ferland Universite de Montreal, Canada
    Emma Hart Napier University, UK
    Martin Henz National University of Singapore,
    Alain Hertz EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland
    Jeffrey Kingston University of Sydney, Australia
    Gilbert Laporte Universite de Montreal, Canada
    Vahid Lotfi University of Michigan-Flint, USA
    Michael Magazine University of Cincinnati, USA
    Amnon Meisels Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva,
    Thiruthlall Nepal ML Sultan Technikon, Durban,
                                            South Africa
    James Newall University of Nottingham, UK
    Ben Paechter Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
    Sanja Petrovic University of Nottingham, UK
    Peter Ross Napier University, UK
    Andrea Schaerf Universita` di Udine, Italy
    Jan Schreuder University of Twente, Enschede,
                                             The Netherlands
    Wolfgang Slany Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria
    Jonathan Thompson Cardiff University, UK
    Michael Trick Carnegie Mellon University,
                                            Pittsburgh, USA
    Dominique de Werra EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland
    George White University of Ottawa, Canada
    Michael Wright Lancaster University, UK
    Jay Yellen Rollins College, USA
    Masazumi Yoshikawa NEC Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

    About the Venue:

    Ghent lies near the junction of two rivers: the "Schelde" and the "Leie".
    Some historians think that the name of the city is derived from the Celtic
    word "ganda" which means "confluence". During the 13th and 14th centuries
    Ghent was one of the largest towns in Western Europe. During that period it
    was also the seat of the Counts of Flanders and the heart of the Flemish
    cloth trade. In the 16th century, Charles V showed no compassion when the
    habitants refused to pay extra taxes, even though Ghent was his native
    city. He punished them severely by ordering the most important citizens to
    appear before him to ask for mercy while carrying a noose around their
    necks. That is why the people of Ghent are nicknamed Stropkes, which
    is the Dutch word for the hangman's noose.

    Ghent is the fourth largest city of Belgium (approx. 250,000 inhabitants).
    Although it is less famous than Bruges, some people consider it the real
    diamond of Belgium since it has managed to preserve its medieval character
    while keeping up with the times. The conference venue "Het Pand" is a
    beautifully preserved example of a medieval Dominican monastery built in the
    13th century. Modern Ghent has an important harbour, thanks to the canal
    Gent-Terneuzen which allows sea-going vessels to come to the city. It is
    also the flower city of Belgium. Flower growers from the region around
    Ghent sell their begonias and azaleas all over the world.

    Ghent is easily accessible from Brussels airport. Several national and
    international trains stop in station Sint-Pieters. Since Ghent is situated
    at the intersection of two important motorways (E17 and E40) it can also
    easily be reached by car.

    The following websites provide more information about Ghent:

    More information about the conference centre is available on

    For more information, contact:

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


    Prof P.De Causmaecker
    Information Technology
    KaHo St.-Lieven
    Gebr. Desmetstraat 1
    9000 Gent

    Full updated information is always available from

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