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

Maxim Likhachev maxim at cs.cmu.edu
Mon Jan 24 14:13:27 PST 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 25, 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 converted into a hotel. 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 


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 

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 

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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