[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: The Fourth International Symposium on Combinatorial Search with Focus on Robotics

Maxim Likhachev maxim at cs.cmu.edu
Mon Apr 18 13:19:34 PDT 2011


The Fourth Installment of The International Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS)
Special Topic This Year: Search in Robotics


Dates:  July 15, 2011 - July 16, 2011

Submission Dates:

Submission deadline: April 28, 2011
Notification: May 30, 2011
Camera-ready version due: June 23, 2011


SoCS will be co-located with IJCAI'11 conference and will take place in 
Cardona Parador, Barcelona (Spain) - a beautiful ninth century spanish 
fortress. Limited bus shuttle services from/to airport and to IJCAI will 
be provided.


Heuristic search and other forms of combinatorial search are currently very 
active areas of research in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Planning and 
other areas of Computer Science.  The International Symposium on Combinatorial 
Search (SoCS) is meant to bring researchers in such areas together to exchange 
their ideas and cross-fertilize the field. SoCS is targeting researchers and 
submissions in all fields that use combinatorial search, including artificial 
intelligence, planning, robotics, constraint programming, operations research 
and bioinformatics. Overall, the main focus of SoCS is on the design of novel 
heuristic search methods, analysis of existing heuristic search methods and 
their applications.

The special scope of SoCS this year is on Search in Robotics. Heuristic search 
has been used to solve effectively a number of challenging planning problems in 
robotics. Furthemore, planning problems in robotics present a number of 
research challenges that are frequently absent in classic planning problems. We 
invite all researchers who use search in robotics to participate and/or submit 
their work to SoCS-2011. In particular, we are interested in position papers 
covering the relationship between these fields.


Submissions should report on substantial, original and new research. We also 
encourage submissions of position papers which are intended for the discussion 
of ideas and concepts related to heuristic search. Examples would be thoughtful 
critiques of the field, historical perspectives and analysis, methodological 
contributions, insightful reports on new and demanding applications, and papers 
related to the special topic of this year conference. Submissions will be 
carefully peer-reviewed by multiple reviewers.

Submissions should be in AAAI format and up to 8 pages long. SoCS has a formal 
archival proceedings but the authors will be able to opt for an "abstract only" 
option in order to allow for publishing the full-length paper elsewhere.

In order to foster the exchange of ideas at SoCS, we also encourage the 
submission of papers describing new research which has been accepted to other 
venues. Such submissions will undergo a light reviewing process and, if 
accepted, will have a two-page abstract included in the archived proceedings.

Further submission information can be found at http://www.socs11.org.

SoCS-2011 chairs:

Daniel Borrajo, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Maxim Likhachev, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Carlos Linares, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

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