[PlanetKR] Call for papers: 2018 Workshop on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (KEPS)

Ron Petrick rpetrick at gmail.com
Tue Feb 6 23:50:13 EST 2018

Call for papers: 2018 Workshop on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and
Scheduling (KEPS)



ICAPS 2018 Workshop

Delft, The Netherlands

June 25-26, 2018.


Despite the progress in automated planning and scheduling systems, these
systems still need to be fed by carefully engineered domain and problem
description and they need to be fine tuned for particular domains and
problems. Knowledge engineering for AI planning and scheduling deals with
the acquisition, design, validation and maintenance of domain models, and
the selection and optimization of appropriate machinery to work on them.
These processes impact directly on the success of real-world planning and
scheduling applications. The importance of knowledge engineering techniques
is clearly demonstrated by a performance gap between domain-independent
planners and planners exploiting domain dependent knowledge.

The workshop shall continue the tradition of several International
Competitions on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (ICKEPS)
and KEPS workshops. Rather than focusing only on software tools and domain
encoding techniques –which are topics of ICKEPS– the workshop will cover
all aspects of knowledge engineering for AI planning and scheduling.

We seek original papers ranging from experience reports to the description
of new technology in the following areas:

 - formulation of domains and problem descriptions

 - methods and tools for the acquisition of domain knowledge

 - pre- and post-processing techniques for planners and schedulers

 - acquisition and refinement of control knowledge

 - formal languages for domain description

 - re-use of domain knowledge

 - translators from other application-area-specific languages to
solver-ready domain models (such as PDDL)

 - formats for specification of heuristics, parameters and control
knowledge for solvers

 - import of domain knowledge from general ontologies

 - ontologies for describing the capabilities of planners and schedulers

 - automated reformulation of problems

 - automated knowledge extraction processes

 - domain model, problem and plan validation

 - visualization methods for domain models, search spaces and plans

 - mapping domain properties and planning techniques

 - plan representation and reuse

 - knowledge engineering aspects of plan analysis

We are pleased to accept papers based on recent publications from other
(non ICAPS) venues such as specialized conferences (AAMAS, ICRA, KR, ...),
or general AI conferences (AAAI, IJCAI, ECAI, ...). This must be however
clearly indicated in the submitted paper.

Submission Procedure

Two types of papers can be submitted. Full technical papers with the length
up to 8 pages are standard research papers. Short papers with the length
between 2 and 4 pages describe either a particular application, or focus on
open challenges. All papers should conform to the AAAI style template (
https://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php). The papers must be
submitted in PDF format via EasyChair (
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=keps2018). Submissions will be
reviewed by at least two referees.

Important Dates

 - Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2018 (UTC-12 timezone)

 - Notification: April 16, 2018

 - Camera-ready paper submission: May 1, 2018

Dr Ron Petrick
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
R.Petrick at hw.ac.uk
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