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Call for Proposals to Host ICAPS 2006 (Sam Steel)

		 Call for proposals to host ICAPS 2006

The ICAPS Executive Council is seeking proposals to host the 2006
International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling.  ICAPS is
the premier international conferences focused on the field of automated
planning and scheduling.

There is no set format for the proposal, but potential applicants are
strongly encouraged to include:

* Organizers and Organizational Structure

  The proposal should indicate proposed program chair(s) and any other
  proposed conference committee members (e.g., conference chair, local
  arrangements chair), and include a short CV of each. A preliminary
  list of program committee members would also be useful.

* Proposed conference dates and timetable

** Target date for conference is June or perhaps late May 2006

** Provisional time-table - should include submission-date; reviewing
   period; author notification date, for conferences, workshops, etc.

* Venue

** Details of the venue and accommodation available to delegates
   including information about conference facilities, transportation
   access, accommodation and venue attractiveness.

** Previous experience of the local organization team in organizing
   similar events.

* Format

** Information on the format of the conference (e.g. single track vs.
   multi-track, posters vs. presentations, etc.)

** Special related events such as potential invited speakers, workshops,
   competitions, demonstrations, visits, etc.

** Nature of any collocation with other conferences.

* An outline budget of the the event, including information regarding
  the break-even point, registration fees and model (e.g., whether a
  single fee applies to all events, policy for joint registration with
  collocated conferences), policy and support for students and young

* List of potential sponsors and support organizations.

* Proposed format for proceedings (e.g. published at conference, pre and
  post, on-line, CD-ROM).

A number of other items would be positively considered, however, each of
these is only one of several factors that the executive council will
consider in their decision.

- Proposals that foster interaction and cross fertilization with related
  fields (such as collocation with related conferences).

- Proposals that include means for encouraging and including members of
  the community in early phases of their careers are also welcomed (such
  as the doctoral consortium at ICAPS 2003).

- Proposals that include means for fostering new areas of work and
  growing potentially under-represented areas of work (such as the
  special tracks at ECP '01).

Some funds are available carried over from previous conferences as seed
money for future conferences. This money is required to guarantee the
existence of the conference series and each organization applying to
host ICAPS must show how they aim to cover the costs of the event (and,
if possible, make a slight profit).

Proposals to host ICAPS should be sent electronically (first preference
PDF, second preference postscript) to:


Please submit proposals by

	Friday 21 May 2004

Proposers are welcome to submit draft proposals before that, asking for
comments or advice on particular points.  Clearly the closer to the
deadline, the harder it will be to offer feedback.

Information about previous ICAPS conferences is available at