[robotics-worldwide] ICAPS 2009: Summer School

Fernando Fernandez Rebollo ffernand at inf.uc3m.es
Thu Jun 4 07:30:10 PDT 2009


[apologies for multiple posting]

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

ICAPS 2009 Summer School on Automated Planning and Scheduling
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September 16-18, 2009,
Thessaloniki, Greece

http://ie.technion.ac.il/~dcarmel/sschool/


General Information
===================

Domain-independent planning is a thriving area of research, encompassing 
an increasingly diverse range of techniques and approaches. The 
development of basic planning technology has made important strides 
forward in the recent two decades. As a result, interest in the planning 
technology is growing rapidly, creating many opportunities for 
industrial and commercial applications.

The Summer School on Planning and Scheduling is an intensive three-day 
educational and mentoring program for graduate students and young 
researchers. The school will bring together subject experts in order to 
introduce the foundations of automated planning and the broad range of 
current planning approaches, and to consider ways of developing and 
exploiting these to make planning a realistically usable tool for 
complex problem-solving. Likewise, we hope the school will also provide 
a lively forum for attendees to discuss their research.

The school's program is aimed at PhD students and young academic 
researchers. For many students, especially those relatively at the 
beginning of the road, the summer school provides a unique opportunity 
to get into the field through a broad perspective on what the field is 
about, what are the grand challenges of the field, how it is connected 
to other areas of research, and how the techniques developed in the area 
can advance industrial applications. The previous summer schools on 
automated planning (that took place in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2006) have 
been a great success. In order to ensure the success of the school, the 
registration will be restricted to 50 participants.


Courses and Lecturers
=====================

The school will contain a mixture of tutorial lectures and sessions 
driven by the attendees' activities. The lectures will be given by 
leading experts in the area of planning and scheduling:

-- Hector Geffner    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
-- Eric Hansen       (Mississippi State University)
-- Malte Helmert     (University of Freiburg)
-- Derek Long        (University of Strathclyde)
-- Stephen S. Smith  (Carnegie Mellon University)

Currently we are planning to have six tutorial sessions of 3 hours each, 
two sessions per day, on the following topics:
-- Planning as general problem solving: AI perspective and real-world 
applications
   (Hector Geffner)
-- Computational complexity of planning
   (Malte Helmert)
-- Planning as heuristic search: From basics to advanced methods
   (Hector Geffner and Malte Helmert)
-- The interplay of planning and scheduling
   (Stephen S. Smith)
-- Decision-theoretic planning
   (Eric Hansen)
-- Building and evaluating AI planning and scheduling systems: From 
theory to practice
   (Derek Long)

Additional activities will include:
** A poster session in which the students will present their own 
research plans, and will receive feedback both from the lecturers and 
organizers, as well as from the other attendees.
** Topic-focused discussion meetings with the lecturers at which the 
students will break into small groups according to the sub-areas of 
immediate research interest, each lead by a lecturer/organizer.


Organization
============

The summer school is organized by Carmel Domshlak (Technion, Haifa, 
Israel), Maria Fox (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK), and Shlomo 
Zilberstein (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, US).
The local arrangements are made by the ICAPS-2009 organizers; questions 
related to local arrangements related to the summer school should be 
emailed to Carmel Domshlak (dcarmel at ie.technion.ac.il).



Application and Important Dates
===============================

Application to the summer school will require submission of a CV and an 
intention letter describing how the applicant's planned research is 
connected to the topics of automated planning and scheduling. Students 
will also be required to provide a recommendation letter from their 
research advisors (to be sent directly to Carmel Domshlak, 
dcarmel at ie.technion.ac.il).

In order to ensure the success of the school, the registration will be 
restricted to 50 participants. In case of over-application, the 
preference will be given to students at the beginning of their research 
path.

Important dates:
----------------
--- Application deadline: June 20, 2009
--- Notification:         July 5, 2009
--- Registration:         July 15, 2009

The application form for the summer school is available at 
http://ie.technion.ac.il/~dcarmel/sschool/application.txt. Application 
forms, together with the CVs, should be sent by email to Carmel Domshlak 
(dcarmel at ie.technion.ac.il).

The accepted participants will be informed about the registration 
procedure on July,  5th.



Accommodation and Registration fees
===================================

The registration fee is 150 Euro and it covers:
-- admission to all summer school courses,
-- lunches and coffee breaks.
The fee is non-refundable.

A block of room for the school's participants for the four nights of 
September 15-19
has been allocated at the hotel Queen Olga. The price for the single 
room is 60 euros/night.

The actual reservations at the hotel should be made directly by the 
participants by the registration due date of July 15th. Note that the 
financial support for the accommodation (see below) will be provided 
only for the accommodation in the designated hotel Queen Olga.


Support
=======

Every student accepted into the summer school will be eligible for a 
travel grant that will cover registration, accommodations, and partial 
travel expenses. Request for such financial support should be indicated 
on the application.  Decisions about the size of the grants will be 
coordinated with the ICAPS-09 Doctoral Consortium organizers, and will 
be announced at the beginning of August, 2009.


Fernando Fernandez
Publicity Chair



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