19th International Conference on
Automated Planning and Scheduling

September 19-23, 2009, Thessaloniki, Greece

http://icaps09.icaps-conference.org

International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling

September 20th, 2009
Location: University of Macedonia, amphitheater 4

(For more and detailed information, please visit the official ICKEPS site)

The International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling has been running since 2005 as a bi-annual event promoting the development and importance of the use of knowledge engineering methods and techniques within P & S. Past events include ICKEPS-05 held during ICAPS at San Francisco in June 2005, and ICKEPS-07 held during ICAPS at Providence in September 2007. While those events focussed on general areas of KEPS, this year we will focus on a specific aspect of knowledge engineering technology: tools, translators and techniques that when input with a model described in an application-area-specific language, output solver-ready domain models. For example, we would like to encourage application developers in Web Services, Workflow, Business Modelling, E-Learning, Games, Narrative Generation etc to utilise planning technology. To do this, we need to promote the development of translators from (for example):

  • web service languages (eg OWL-S, DAML),
  • workflow languages,
  • business modelling or processing languages (eg BPEL),
  • software requirements languages (eg B, UML),
  • E-learning metadata languages

into solver-ready domain models. As well as being useful tools in their own right, the study of the translation process highlights fundamental research problems in P & S, particularly in the use of domain-independent solvers. Many users in applications areas of P & S would be tempted to implement their own solver, and embed specific heuristics. Rather, ICKEPS-09 promotes the use of existing domain-independent solvers, but will highlight the research challenges such as the expressiveness of their input/output languages, and the problem of providing a heuristics interface.

Organizers

  • Roman Barták, Charles University, Czech Republic
    contact email: bartak (AT) ktiml.mff.cuni.cz
  • Simone Fratini, ISTC-CNR, Italy
    contact email: simone.fratini (AT) istc.cnr.it
  • Lee McCluskey, University of Huddersfield, UK
    contact email: lee (AT) hud.ac.uk

(For more and detailed information, please visit the official ICKEPS site)