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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: SARA 2007, 7th International Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation

Second Call for Papers - note EXTENDED deadline

          SARA '07: The Seventh International Symposium on
            Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation

                 Whistler, Canada, July 18-21, 2007
  (organised in cooperation with AAAI and co-located with AAAI'07)


It has been recognised since the inception of Artificial Intelligence
that abstractions, problem reformulations and approximations (AR&A)
are central to human common-sense reasoning and problem solving and to
the ability of systems to reason effectively in complex domains. AR&A
techniques have been used in a variety of problem-solving settings,
including (but not limited to):

   * Automatic programming.
   * Automated reasoning.
   * Cognitive modelling.
   * Constraint programming.
   * Design.
   * Diagnosis.
   * Machine learning.
   * Model-based reasoning.
   * Planning.
   * Scheduling.
   * Search.
   * Theorem proving.
   * Tutoring.

The primary use of AR&A techniques in such settings has been to
overcome computational intractability by decreasing the combinatorial
costs associated with searching large spaces. In addition, AR&A
techniques are also useful for knowledge acquisition and explanation
generation in complex domains.

The aim of the symposium is to provide a forum for intensive
interaction among researchers in all areas of Artificial Intelligence
and Computer Science with an interest in the different aspects of AR&A
techniques. The diverse backgrounds of participants of previous
symposia has led to a rich and lively exchange of ideas, allowed the
comparison of goals, techniques and paradigms, and helped identify
important research issues and engineering hurdles. We expect that the
upcoming symposium will include an equally diverse group of

Invited Speakers

Vadim Bulitko         University of Alberta, Canada.
Alan Frisch           University of York, UK.
John Hooker           Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

Important Dates

Submission:          March 26th
Notification:        April 23rd
Final Versions:      May 13th

Please see the website for details and submission procedures.


Conference Chairs:    Ian Miguel, University of St Andrews, UK.
                      Wheeler Ruml, Palo Alto Research Center, USA.
Publicity Chair:      Karen Petrie, University of Oxford, UK.
Sponsorship Chair:    Peter Nightingale, University of St Andrews, UK.

Programme Committee:

J. Christopher Beck     University of Toronto, Canada.
Berthe Choueiry         University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Johann de Kleer         Palo Alto Research Center, USA.
Marie Desjardins        University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.
Stefan Edelkamp         Universitat Dortmund, Germany.
Boi Faltings            Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne,
Ariel Felner            Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
Alan Frisch             University of York, UK.
Hector Geffner          Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Mike Genesereth         Stanford University, USA.
Fausto Giunchiglia      University of Trento, Italy.
Brahim Hnich            Izmir University, Turkey.
Daniel Kayser           Universite Paris-Nord, France.
Sven Koenig             University of Southern California, USA.
Derek Long              University of Strathclyde, UK.
Michael Lowry           NASA, USA.
Peter Revesz            University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
Marie-Christine Rousset University of Grenoble, France.
Lorenza Saitta          Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Italy.
Bart Selman             Cornell University, USA.
Barbara Smith           Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland.
Miroslav Velev          Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
Toby Walsh              University of New South Wales, Australia.
Weixiong Zhang          Washington University, USA.
Rong Zhou               Palo Alto Research Center, USA.
Robert Zimmer           Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
Jean-Daniel Zucker      Universite Paris 6, France.