> [with all our apologies if you receive this message several times]
> CP-AI-OR 2002:
> Fourth International Workshop on Integration of AI and OR techniques in
> Constraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimisation Problems
> Le Croisic, march 25th -27th 2002
> Second Call for Papers
> The integration of techniques from AI and OR has shown in the past years
> how it improves algorithm quality for tackling complex and large scale
> combinatorial problems, especially in terms of efficiency, scaleability
> and optimality. The value of this integration has been shown in
> applications such as hoist scheduling, rostering, dynamic scheduling and
> vehicle routing.
> At the programming/modelling level, most constraint languages embed OR
> techniques to reason about collections of constraints, so-called global
> constraints. A few also provide support for hybridization allowing the
> programmer to build new integrated algorithms. The resulting
> multi-paradigm programming framework combines the flexibility and
> modelling facilities of constraint programming with the special purpose
> and efficient methods from Operations Research.
> The CP-AI-OR workshop is becoming a major forum for exchanging ideas and
> methodologies from both fields, as demonstrated by its success in Ferrara
> in 1999, in Paderborn in 2000, and in Ashford in 2001. Its aim is to bring
> together interested researchers from AI and OR, and to give them the
> opportunity to show how the integration of techniques from AI and OR can
> lead to interesting results on large scale and complex problems. We
> explicitly welcome new ideas and methods for integrating OR and AI
> techniques that have arisen from real-world applications.
> The workshop is organized by the Ecole des Mines de Nantes and will take
> place in Le Croisic, a typical village of Brittany the western part of
> France, close to Nantes.
> In addition to the workshop, a school is being organized immediately after
> the workshop with lectures on the basics of combination of hybrid CP/AI/OR
> techniques for combinatorial optimization.
> Workshop Organizers
> Narendra Jussien, École des Mines de Nantes, Narendra.Jussien@emn.fr
> François Laburthe, Bouygues e-lab, France email@example.com
> The conference will be hosted by Port aux rocs, a convention center in a
> preserved environement, right by the sea,
> The workshop invites submissions related to the following topics:
> * Integration of constraint handling methods, eg:
> o Constraint propagation
> o Constraint rewriting
> o Cutting planes
> o Reduced costs
> o Global constraints
> o Graph algorithms
> o Dynamic programming
> o Lagrangean and convex relaxations
> * Integration of search and solving methods, eg:
> o Branch and bound
> o Heuristic/iterative repair
> o Nogoods and Intelligent backtracking
> o Incomplete search
> o Randomized search
> o Column generation
> o Local search
> o Meta-heuristics
> * Forms of integration, eg:
> o Static/dynamic problem decomposition
> o Single model, multiple solving methods
> o Multiple models, multiple solving methods
> o Linking variables and constraints in different
> o Transformations between models and solvers
> o Methods using information derived by other solving
> o Collaboration between concurrent methods
> * Problems, modelling, and applications.
> Submission Guidelines
> The final deadline for paper submissions is December 14th, 2001.
> Papers should not exceed 15 pages. The title page should include the name,
> address, telephone number, and electronic mailing address for each author,
> as well as a list of keywords. A contact author should also be provided.
> Submissions should be made electronically (through
> http://cpaior.emn.fr:8000/submit.html), either in postscript or PDF
> Important Dates for Authors
> * 14 Dec 2001 -- Deadline for paper submissions.
> * 15 Jan 2002 -- Registration opens.
> * 1 Feb 2002 -- Notification of acceptance.
> * 7 Feb 2002 -- Registration ends.
> * 1 March 2002 -- Final paper due.
> * 25-27 March 2002 -- CP-AI-OR'02.
> François LABURTHE
> BOUYGUES e-lab
> 1, av. Eugène Freyssinet - 78061 St-Quentin-en-Yvelines Cedex - FRANCE
> Tel. : (33|0) 1 30 60 33 18 - Fax : (33|0) 1 30 60 21 15
> e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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