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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop of the UK PLANNING AND SCHEDULING Special Interest Group, Dec 8th & 9th, 2011, UK

Huddersfield, UK

After a brief detour to Italy, the 29th PlanSIG workshop returns to the UK and will be held at the 
University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. 

The PlanSIG workshop is (usually) a yearly forum where academics, industrialists, and research 
students can meet and discuss current issues in an informal setting. We especially aim to bring 
together researchers attacking different aspects of planning and scheduling problems, and to 
introduce new researchers to the community. In recent years the SIG has attracted an international 
gathering, and we continue to welcome contributions from around the world.  

Submissions to the event are solicited. Each contribution will be reviewed. Accepted original papers 
will appear in PlanSIG's Proceedings (ISSN 1368-5708). Authors of papers describing work already 
published must clearly indicate this information in their submission.

Important Dates

Submissions:            October   7th 2011 (Please follow the instructions below)
Notification:           November  4th 2011
Early registration:     November  9th 2011
Camera ready:           November 18th 2011
Workshop:               December 8th & 9th 2011

Topics of interest

Applicants are expected to be conducting research in the field of Automated Planning & Scheduling; 
topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Algorithms: Novel planning and scheduling algorithms.

* Applications: Empirical studies of existing planning/scheduling
   systems; domain-specific techniques; heuristic techniques; user
   interfaces for planning and scheduling; evaluation metrics for
   plans/schedules; verification and validation of plans/schedules.
   Application examples of real world problems are particularly

* Architectures: Real-time support for planning/scheduling/control;
   mixed-initiative planning and user interfaces; integration of
   planning and scheduling; continuous planning systems; integration of
   planning/scheduling and Fault Detection Isolation and Recovery
   (FDIR); planning and scheduling in autonomous systems.

* Environmental and Task Models: Analyses of the dynamics of
   environments, tasks, and domains with regard to different models of
   planning and execution; verification and validation of domain

* Formal Models: Reasoning about knowledge, action, and time;
   representations and ontologies for planning and scheduling; search
   methods and analysis of algorithms; formal characterisation of
   existing planners and schedulers.

* Intelligent Agency: Resource-bounded reasoning; distributed problem
   solving; integrating reaction and deliberation.

* Knowledge engineering for planning: domain construction tools and
   techniques, knowledge elicitation, ontology development

* Learning: Learning in the context of planning and execution;
   learning new plans and operators; learning in the context of
   scheduling and schedule maintenance.

* Memory Based Approaches: Case-based planning/scheduling; plan and
   operator learning and reuse; incremental planning.

* Reactive Systems: Environmentally driven devices/behaviours;
   reactive control; behaviours in the context of minimal
   representations; schedule maintenance.

* Robotics: Motion and path planning; planning and control; planning
   and perception, integration of planning and perceptual systems.

* Constraint-based Planning/Scheduling and Control Techniques:
   Constraint/preference propagation techniques, variable/value
   ordering heuristics, intelligent backtracking/RMS-based techniques,
   iterative repair heuristics, etc.

* Coordination Issues in Decentralised/Distributed planning/scheduling:
   Coordination issues in both homogeneous and heterogeneous systems,
   system architecture issues, integration of strategic and tactical
   decision making; collaborative planning/scheduling.

* Iterative Improvement Techniques for Combinatorial Optimisation:
   Genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, tabu search, neural nets,
   etc applied to scheduling and/or planning.

* Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research: Comparative studies
   and innovative applications combining AI and OR techniques applied
   to scheduling and/or planning.

* Planning/scheduling under uncertainty: Coping with uncertain,
   ill-specified or changing domains, environments and problems;
   application of uncertainty reasoning techniques to
   planning/scheduling, including MDPs, POMDPs, Belief Networks,
   stochastic programming, and stochastic satisfiability.

Submissions ***********

We welcome two categories of paper submission:

Full papers: (max 8 pages). These should report work in progress or completed work. 
Authors of full papers that are accepted by the Programme Committee will be invited 
to give a talk on the paper.

Short papers: (2 pages) These should report views or ambitions, or describe problems. 
The author(s) will be able to discuss the paper informally with others at the workshop 
and will be invited to give a short presentation on their work.

Paper submission will take place through the EasyChair web site 
The site is open for submissions. In order to submit a paper, you must follow the next steps:

1. Register yourself and your paper (list of authors, title, abstract,
    etc) at the EasyChair web site.

2. All papers should be prepared in the AAAI style. Please prepare
    your paper using the template in DOC format or LaTeX style sheet,
    just remove the AAAI copyright. The language of all papers and
    presentations must be English.

3. Translate your paper into a gzipped postscript or PDF, and name it
    "" or "author.pdf.gz", using the name of the first
    author. The pages should NOT be numbered.

4. At the time of the submission, you have to indicate whether your
    contribution is original or consists of work already published.
    Original papers will appear in PlanSig's Proceedings (ISSN 1368-5708).

5. Submit it at the EasyChair web site. The paper submission
    deadline is October 7th, 2011, at 23:59pm UTC -10 (Honolulu).

6. Please use the EasyChair email facility to contact the Organization Chairs

Organization Chairs
Lee McCluskey, Diane Kitchin, Andrew Crampton