[PlanetKR] [DEADLINE EXTENSION: Feb 25th, 2010] Third (*OPEN*) ASP Competition

Francesco Calimeri calimeri at mat.unical.it
Thu Jan 27 06:19:43 EST 2011

[Apologies for cross-posting]

           The Third Answer Set Programming Competition

       ***          OPEN EVENT FOR ANY SYSTEM           ***
       ***       BASED ON DECLARATIVE LANGUAGES         ***

                      Call For Participation

              University of Calabria, Winter 2011


The Third Answer Set Programming Competition is currently open and in the
Call for Competitors stage.

The event is held on an open formula basis: any system based on a 
declarative language, of any expressiveness level and category, is invited

to participation.

New competition stage schedule (schedule is subject to further

 - February 18th, 2011 - Dry Run start (** Not the final deadline **).

 - February 25th, 2011, 23:59 Pacific Standard Time - Final deadline for
  Competitors Submission.

 - February 26th, 2011 - Start of the unmanned official competition run.

 - May 16th 2011 - Announcement of results and awards at LPNMR 2011 -
  Vancouver, BC, Canada.

We strongly recommend early registration of your Team, so to get early
acquaintance with the Competition Server Platform and with the benchmark

Participant Submission Procedure:


Answer Set Programming is a well-established paradigm of declarative
programming with close relationship to other declarative modelling
and languages such as SAT Modulo Theories, Constraint Handling Rules,
PDDL and many others.

Since the first informal editions (Dagstuhl 2002 and 2005), ASP systems
compare themselves in the nowadays customary ASP Competition: the Third
Competition will take place at the University of Calabria (Italy) in the
first half of 2011.
The event is the sequel to the ASP Competitions Series, held at the
University of Potsdam in Germany (2006-2007) and at the University of
in Belgium in 2009. The current competition is held in cooperation with
11th International Conference on Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic
Reasoning (LPNMR 11) where the results will be published.

Since its previous edition, the ASP competition is held as an open
tournament. The "Model & Solve" competition track of this year's edition
inherits the spirit of integration and is open to all types of solvers:
ASP-systems, SAT-solvers, SMT-solvers, CP-systems, FOL-reasoners,
planning-reasoners or any other.

Participants will compete on a selected collection of declarative
specifications of benchmark problems, taken from a variety of domains as
well as real world applications, and instances thereof. List is
available at


== Competition Tracks ==

The Competition will be constituted by two different sub-competitions,
conceived for promoting some equivalently important, yet orthogonal,

   1. the Model & Solve Competition, held on an open problem encoding,
      open language basis, and open to any system based on a declarative
      specification paradigm, and

   2. the System Competition, held on the basis of fixed problem
      written in a standard ASP language.

In the former competition track, the team can choose the best system
configuration along with the best encoding for each problem, while, in the
latter, the system and its configuration is fixed for all problems.

Given that the interest towards parallel ASP systems is increasing, we
encourage the submission of parallel systems as non-competing participants
to both the competition tracks.

Further information can be found on the competition web site at:


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