[Haskell] final cfp: soft2004

Stefano Bistarelli stefano.bistarelli at iit.cnr.it
Mon Jun 21 11:42:35 EDT 2004

                  6th International Workshop on
         Soft Constraints and Preferences
        September 27th, 2004
           Toronto, Canada
      Held in conjunction with
   10th International Conference on
   Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, CP2004


                              Call for Paper

Preferences are ubiquitous in real life: most problems are over-constrained
and would not be solvable if we insist that all their requirements are
strictly met. Moreover, many problems are more naturally described via
preference rather than hard statements. Soft constraints are the way the
constraint community has extended his classical framework to deal with the
conceept of preferences. However, other frameworks for expressing
preferences have been proposed in the last few years in AI or related
disciplines, with different features and leading to different results. For
example, both qualitative and quantitative preference frameworks are being
studied and used to model and solve real-life probleems.

This workshop would like to bring together researchers interested in all
aspects of preferences and soft constraints, such as:

- theoretical frameworks
- problem modeling
- solving algorithms
- languages
- preference aggregation
- preference elicitation
- multi-objective or qualitative optimization
- combining/integrating different frameworks and algorithms
- comparative studies
- real-life applications

This workshop is intended to build on the experience and success of the
workshops on soft constraints that have been held at CP99, CP2000, CP2001,
CP2002 and CP2003, and on the AAAI 2002 workshop on preferences in AI and
CP. Its aim is to provide a forum where researchers currently working in the
area of preferences or soft constraints can discuss their most recent ideas
and developments and think together about the most promising new directions.
Therefore we encourage the presentation of work in progress or on
specialized aspects of soft constraints. Papers that bridge the gap between
theory and practice are especially welcome.

Prospective attendees can submit a paper, which can be up to 15 pages in
We encourage authors to submit papers electronically in postscript or pdf
format. Papers should be formatted using the Lecture Notes in Computer
Science (LNCS) style.
Please send your submissions by email to stefano.bistarelli at iit.cnr.it using
the subject line Soft-2004 Workshop Submission.

Although no agreement is yet in place, we will consider the publication of a
selection of papers presented at this workshop in a special issue of a
journal or in a volume of a serie.

Important Dates
The proposed schedule of important dates for the workshop is as follows:

Paper Submission deadline June 26th
Notification of acceptance July 24th
Camera-ready version deadline August 14th
Workshop Date September 27th

Workshop Organizers:

   Stefano Bistarelli (Primary Contact)
   Dipartimento di Scienze
   Università degli studi "G. D'Annunzio" di Chieti-Pescara, Italy
   Email: bista at sci.unich.it
   Web: http://www.sci.unich.it/~bista/
   Istituto di Informatica e Telematica
   C.N.R. Pisa, Italy
   Email: stefano.bistarelli at iit.cnr.it


   Francesca Rossi
   Dipartimento di Matematica Pura ed Applicata
   Universita' degli Studi di Padova, Italy
   Email: frossi at math.unipd.it
   Web: http://www.math.unipd.it/~frossi/

Program Committee:
Stefano Bistarelli (University of Pescara, Italy --- C.N.R., Pisa, Italy)
Simon De Givry (Institut National de La Recherche Agronomique, Castanet
Tolosan Cedex, France)
Boi Faltings (EPFL, Switzerland)
Carmen Gervet (IC-Parc, Imperial College, UK)
Ulrich Junker (ILOG, France)
Javier Larrosa (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC, Barcelona, Spain)
Jimmy H. M. Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Pedro Meseguer (IIIA-CSIC, Bellaterra, Spain)
Barry O'Sullivan (University College Cork, Ireland)
Francesca Rossi (University of Padova, Italy)
Thomas Schiex (Institut National de La Recherche Agronomique, Castanet
Tolosan Cedex, France)
Toby Walsh (Cork Constraints Computation Centre, Ireland)

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