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EXTENDED CFP: This is to announce that we are still accepting 
submissions for WIPIS-05 (CFP below). The rationale for this 
extension is the bad interaction with the AAAI author notification 
date, which did not occur until after the closing date for workshop 

With something like 80% of AAAI submissions being rejected, we think 
it likely that there are good papers out there in areas relevant to 
WIPIS-05, which were not accepted at the main conference.

Please note that we are not changing the author notification date 
(5/11), and cannot change the date for submitting camera-ready copy 
(5/18). Also that this extension is largely to cover papers already 
written, so we are less concerned about short notice.

Accordingly, we will accept additional submissions up through Sunday, May 8th.

Thanks very much,

Mark, Steve, and Amedeo


 Workshop on "Integrating Planning Into Scheduling"



 To be held in conjunction with:

 The 20th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-05)
 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 9-13, 2005



This workshop is a follow-on to the very successful workshop on the same
topic held last year at ICAPS (the International Conference on Automated
Planning and Scheduling) in Whistler, BC. The topic of the workshop is the
general question of how to integrate planning capabilities into scheduling
algorithms and frameworks. It has been recognized for some time that
classical planning and scheduling models are at opposite ends of a
spectrum, with most interesting real-world problems falling somewhere in
the middle and requiring characteristics of both. Real "planning" problems
tend to require the ability to handle metric quantities, overlapping
actions with finite durations, and very often some notion of a resource
model. Similarly, most real-world scheduling problems are not "pure"
scheduling problems - i.e., concerned strictly with allocating resources to
pre-specified activities over time. Even in venerable scheduling domains
such as manufacturing, it is frequently necessary to solve something that
looks very much like a planning problem, ranging in scope from simple
selection among alternative processes (e.g., heterogeneous resource
capabilities) to the synthesis of complex networks of resource
configuration and support activities. Historically, scheduling research
has addressed such planning issues via specialized, problem-specific model
and algorithm extensions.

The workshop will start with a brief summary of the previous edition, the
proceedings of which are available from the workshop Web site. Given the
very discussory flavor of the workshop, papers which duplicate or do not
take into account work presented at the past edition will not be viewed

The central theme of the workshop is that planning techniques are necessary
to the solution of these problems, but must be integrated into scheduling
algorithms and frameworks. To this end, the workshop seeks to bring
together researchers interested in the intersection of scheduling and
planning technologies to share perspectives, techniques and results on how
to better solve scheduling problems with embedded planning sub-problems.
Topics of interest include:

* Frameworks for integrating causal reasoning into resource allocation and
scheduling algorithms
* Descriptions of scheduling problems requiring embedded planning
* Descriptions of algorithms and implementation of features and components
which add planning capabilities to the scheduling framework
* Algorithms for partial order scheduling and their advantages and
disadvantages in comparison to temporal planning frameworks
* Techniques for reasoning about context-dependent tasks and resource setup
and reconfiguration activities (e.g., ensuring the proper state of
resources for correct schedule execution)
* Proposals for the generation of an appropriate set of benchmark problems,
similar to the current IPC domains
* Arguments to the contrary (e.g., proposals for extending classical
planning to address problems in which resources are primary).

Workshop Format
We plan to organize a one-day workshop, consisting of short sessions (2-3
papers) each with individual presentations on a common theme, followed by a
"commentator" who provides their views on the collection of papers and the
session theme, followed by general discussion leading into a break.
will be a final discussion session to sum up the workshop, led by the

Submission Instructions
Participation in the workshop will be by invitation only, and prospective
participants are requested to submit one of the following:

* Full Paper - Technical papers are invited that address one or more of the
workshop topics indicated above. Papers can be up to 8 pages in length.
The first page of the paper should include the title, a brief abstract, and
author names, affiliations, postal addresses, electronic mail addresses,
and telephone and fax numbers.

* Statement of Interest - Although first preference will be given to full
paper submissions, we anticipate room for some number of additional
attendees and request that other individuals interested in attending the
workshop submit a one-page statement of interest.

Accepted full papers will appear in the workshop proceedings that this year
will a an official AAAI Report. Due to a desire to maximize discussion, we
may accept some papers "for attendance" meaning that the work may not be
presented due to resource constraints, but that we would welcome the
authors' participation in the discussion Authors are encouraged to submit
papers electronically in postscript or PDF format. Papers should be
formatted using the AAAI conference style downloadable at the site
Confidentiality of submissions will be maintained during the review
process. All submitted materials for rejected papers will be kept
confidential in perpetuity. All submitted materials for accepted papers
will be kept confidential until the date of the workshop. Submissions
should not include information that will be confidential or proprietary at
the time of publication.

Please send your submissions by email to mark.boddy@adventiumlabs.org no
later than April 20, 2005 using the subject line "WIPIS-05 Workshop

Important Dates

* April 20, 2005: Submissions due
* May 11, 2005: Notification of acceptance
* May 18, 2005: Camera-ready copy due
* July 9-10, 2005: AAAI-05 workshop program

Program Committee

* Roman Bartak - Charles University
* Pauline Berry - SRI International
* Mark Boddy - Adventium Labs (Co-Chair)
* Amedeo Cesta - ISTC-CNR (Co-Chair)
* Hector Geffner - Universitat Pompeu Fabra
* Maria Fox - University of Strathclyde
* Philippe Laborie - ILOG
* Kenneth N. McKay - University of Waterloo
* Stephen F. Smith - Carnegie Mellon University (Co-Chair)
* Jean Paul Watson - Sandia National Laboratories
* Terry Zimmerman - Carnegie Mellon University


Subbarao Kambhampati