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Please circulate the CFP for this AAAI05 workshop on the planning list

Thanks, Biplav


Call for papers

The AAAI-05 Workshop on Exploring Planning and Scheduling for
Web Services, Grid and Autonomic Computing

to be held in conjunction with

The 20th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, (AAAI 2005),
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 9-13, 2005

There has been increasing interest in service composition for
management of tasks and resources. Creating and managing workflows of
tasks on the web and on computational grids has simplified data
integration and business process integration. Now widely distributed
services can be discovered and composed into workflows either manually
or automatically, revolutionizing integration approaches to
distributed services.

Management of resources, including software and hardware that may be
located centrally or distributed across a network, has emerged as a
significant obstacle to reducing the cost of Information Technology
while increasing business productivity. Self-management of systems
for configuration, protection, recovery and optimization is promoted
as Autonomic Computing in industry. Here, workflows have been adopted
as the underlying representation to connect inter-related tasks
required for self-management.

AI planning and scheduling techniques will play an essential role in
managing workflows of task ranging from their generation, storage &
retrieval, analysis, composition, allocation of resources, execution
and repair. However, many issues remain to be resolved. These include
(1) determining how to bridge the gap between existing plan and
workflow languages, whether existing domain and workflow languages are
appropriate or whether new features or languages are needed, (2)
forming precise characterizations of service life cycle including
composition, execution and workflow management, (3) identifying the
most appropriate ways to formalize service discovery and composition
problems, (4) highlighting important challenges for planning and
scheduling systems to be maximally effective in these areas, and (5)
supporting operational robustness in 24/7 environment.

This workshop is the continuation of 2 successful workshops at ICAPS
2003 and 2004 on planning and scheduling for web and grid services and
will explore autonomic computing as well. It will bring together
researchers who are working on these topics and face 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 but are not limited to:

- Expressive description languages for services and workflows
- Integrating business process modeling with planning and scheduling
  using workflows
- Automatic and mixed-initiative composition of services,
  interoperability in workflow collaboration
- Interleaving information gathering and workflow management
- Distributed workflow management
- Storage, analysis and retrieval of composed services
- Execution monitoring and workflow repair
- Plan verification and plan quality for services and workflows

Important dates:
   April 20, 2005 : Initial submissions due
   May 11, 2005 : Notification of acceptance
   May 18, 2005 : Camera-ready copies due

Biplav Srivastava (co-chair), IBM India Research Lab, India
Jim Blythe (co-chair), USC Information Sciences Institute, USA
Jose Luis Ambite, USC Information Sciences Institute, USA
Yun-Heh (Jessica) Chen-Burger, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Subbarao Kambhampati, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, USA
Sheila McIlraith, University of Toronto, Canada
Paolo Traverso, ITC/IRST, Trento, Italy