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--- Begin Message --- Hi Rao,

could you send this call to you list as well, please?

thanks a lot,

Call for papers

Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Web and Grid Services,

International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, (ICAPS 2004),
Whistler, British Columbia, June 4 2004


Recently there has been increasing interest in service composition on the web and also in creating and managing workflows of tasks on computational grids. These important areas are related: grid toolkits such as Globus have recently adopted web service models and extended them to provide fault-tolerant services with long-lived state. Their extensions are generating interest in the web service communities. Using these models, widely distributed services can be discovered and composed into workflows either manually or automatically, revolutionizing approaches to distributed services.

AI planning and scheduling techniques will play an essential role in
managing workflows of web and grid services, including their
composition, allocation of resources, execution and repair.  However,
many issues remain to be resolved. These include (1) forming clean
characterizations of service composition and execution and workflow
management, (2) identifying the most appropriate ways to formalize
service discovery and composition as a planning and/or scheduling
problem, (3) determining whether existing plan and domain languages are
appropriate or whether new features or languages are needed, and (4)
highlighting important challenges for planning and scheduling systems to
be maximally effective in this area.

This workshop will bring together researchers who are working on these
topics to discuss these issues as well as real systems that are under
development. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to submit either a
long paper of up to 8 pages in AAAI format, or a short position paper of
up to 3 pages. Topics of interest include:

. expressive description languages for services and workflows
. automatic and mixed-initiative composition of services
. execution monitoring and workflow repair
. interleaving information gathering and workflow management
. plan verification and plan quality for services and workflows
. distributed workflow management

Please send submissions by email in either PDF or postscript format
to blythe@isi.edu.

Important dates:

Feb   17 2004: Initial submissions due
March 16 2004: Notification of acceptance
March 26 2004: Camera-ready copies due

Organizing committee:

Jim Blythe (co-chair), USC Information Sciences Institute, USA
Jose Luis Ambite (co-chair), USC Information Sciences Institute, USA
Derek Long, Strathclyde University, UK
Drew McDermott, Yale University, USA
Sheila McIlraith, University of Toronto, Canada,
Biplav Srivastava, IBM India Research Lab, India
Paolo Traverso, IRST, Italy

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