[Haskell] [ICAPS 2005] Workshop "The Role of Ontologies in AI Planning and Scheduling" - Extended Deadline

Bernd Schattenberg bernd.schattenberg at mac.com
Tue Mar 15 05:39:49 EST 2005

ICAPS 2005 Workshop Call for Papers

  E X T E N D E D   D E A D  L I N E S

New date for subissions: MARCH 21ST


Workshop on "The Role of Ontologies in AI Planning and Scheduling"

      ICAPS 2005 - The International Conference on
              Automated Planning & Scheduling

         June 5-10, 2005, Monterey, California, U.S.A.


Ontologies are becoming increasingly important in several AI fields (such as knowledge management and integration, cooperative problem solving, knowledge acquisition and knowledge-based systems,
e-commerce and the Semantic Web) and, at present, there is also an increasing interest about their use in Planning and Scheduling (P&S) systems.

In the field of P&S ontologies allow , on the one hand, knowledge exchange between intelligent processes (performed both by humans and other intelligent systems) in real world applications. On the other hand they allow to describe more complex domains and problems, since they are based on very rich representation languages (for example, semantic web languages as RDF, OWL,OWL-S). These languages are more expressive than those presently used in P&S, since they use the Open World Assumption rather than the planner-friendly Closer World Assumption. However, they are really ``static'' languages and do not include (generally) knowledge about states and state change, what prevents their ``direct'' application in current P&S systems. In any case, the way the use of ontologies and such languages impact the field of AI P&S needs to be investigated.

In summary, the integration between ontologies and P&S techniques is demanding more attention both from theorists and practitioners, and there are many different approaches in the literature on this issue. Therefore, one of the main topics of this workshop will be the study of the benefits that an ontology-based knowledge representation could bring into current P&S technologies.


The goal of the workshop consists in trying to understand and discuss different ways of integration between ontologies techniques and intelligent planning. This can be seen as a different, general  approach to bridge the gap that currently exists between the very efficient P&S technology and its application to real world. Papers submitted should either present theoretical / practical work or report experiences with applications (describing projects or applications, the difficulties they had
to overcome, some lessons learned, etc.) on the following topics:

  * Definition of planning ontologies that overcome drawbacks 
    detected on the real application of standard planning 
    languages (such as PDDL)
  * Use of ontologies as the basis for knowledge exchange 
    between different components of intelligent systems, 
    where planning is a core technology 
  * Planning applications that use ontology concepts for their 
  * Integration  of ontology editing tools with planning systems
  * Deriving planning domain models from existing ontological 
  * Planning and Scheduling ontologies for the Semantic Web
     - Ontologies for web services discovery and composition
     - Ontologies for the definition of ubiquitous services

Workshop format
The workshop will be structured to allow ample time for discussion and interactions, with the following format:
  * An invited talk will be given by a person with recognized
    experience in the interdisciplinary field of
    ``Ontologies applied to Planning and Scheduling''.
  * In order to foster interaction,  selected  papers accepted
    by the program committee  will be coupled with
    commentaries aimed at raising different, complementary or
    possibly opposing viewpoints.

Important dates

    * Deadline for submission of papers: Mars 21st, 2005

    * Notification of acceptance/rejection:  April 11th, 2005

    * Deadline for receipt of camera-ready copy:  Mars 18th, 2005

    * Whorkshop date: June 6 or 7, 2005

Organizing committee

    Workshop Chairs
    Eva Onaindía, Technical University of Valencia, onaindia at dsic.upv.es
    Juan Fdez-Olivares, University of Granada, faro at decsai.ugr.es

    Program Committee

    *     Jose Luis  Ambite, University of Southern California (USA)
    *     Jim Blythe,   University of Southern California (USA)
    *     Luis Castillo,  University of Granada (Spain)
    *     Lee McCluskey, University of Huddersfield (U.K.)
    *     Christoph Lenzen,  German Space Operation Center (Germany)
    *     Falk Mrowka,  German Space Operation Center (Germany)
    *     Angelo Oddi, ISTC-CNR (Italy)
    *     Bernd Schattenberg, University of Ulm (Germany)
    *     Evren Sirin, University of Maryland (USA)
    *     Laura Sebastia, Technical University of Valencia (Spain)
    *     Paolo Traverso, ITC/IRST (Italy)
    *     Ioannis Vlahavas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

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