Workshop on Planning and Scheduling (IPS 2015) Call for Papers

Call for Papers

This workshop aims to bring together researchers interested in different aspects of planning and scheduling problems, and to introduce new researchers to the community. Although the primary target of this series of workshops is the Italian community of P&S, the aim is to attract an international gathering, thus expecting contributions and participations from around the world.

Applicants are expected to be conducting research in the field of Automated Planning & Scheduling.

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Topics of Interest

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 welcomed.
  • 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 models.
  • 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.
  • Hybrid Systems: planning with mixed discrete-continuous domains; hybrid systems applications; novel benchmark problems involving hybrid dynamics; hybrid planning domain modelling; plan validation and execution.
  • 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.

Submission Instructions

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: (2-4 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.

Each paper has to be submitted in English, and formatted according to the AAAI style.

Authors of already published papers must clearly indicate this information in their submission.

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:

  • Register yourself and your paper at the EasyChair web site.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At the time of the submission, you have to indicate whether your paper is original or already published. Original and already
    published papers will be available via the workshop web-site.
  • Submit it at the EasyChair web site. The paper registration deadline is June 19th, 2015, at 23:59pm UTC -10 (Honolulu).
  • For questions about the submission process contact the chairs by the e-mail address

Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: June 24th, 2015
Submission Deadline: June 19th, 2015 extended to June 26th, 2015
Acceptance Notification: July 19th, 2015
Camera Ready: TBA
Early Registration: July 31st, 2015 extended to August 7th, 2015
Workshop Day: September 22nd, 2015

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Organising Committee

Gabriella Cortellessa
CNR - National Research Council of Italy

Daniele Magazzeni
King’s College London, UK

Marco Maratea (contact person)
University of Genova, Italy

Ivan Serina
University of Brescia, Italy