EIGHTEENTH INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
August 11, 2003
Stochastic search algorithms strongly use randomised decisions while searching for solutions to a given problem. They play an increasingly important role for practically solving hard combinatorial problems from various domains of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research, such as satisfiability, constraint satisfaction, planning, scheduling, and many application areas. Over the past few years there has been considerable success in developing stochastic local search algorithms as well as randomised systematic search methods for solving these problems, and to date, for many problem domains, the best known algorithms are based on stochastic search techniques. The increasing relevance and popularity of these methods in AI are reflected by a growing number of publications in journals, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Journal of Automated Reasoning, and at major AI conferences, such as IJCAI, ECAI, and AAAI.
This workshop will bring together researchers from different areas of AI and Operations Research in order to discuss various topics in stochastic search techniques, including the following:
We ask authors to submit technical papers either in Postscript or PDF format. Every participant is expected to submit at least a 1-page statement of interest.
Technical papers should address one or more of the workshop topics (see above). The papers should be reasonably concise; we expect that about 4-6 pages in IJCAI conference style will suffice for technical papers, but you may use more space if you need it. Papers are to be submitted in IJCAI conference style (preferably using Latex). The first page of the paper should include the title, a brief abstract, and author names, affiliations, postal addresses, electronic mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers.
The number of participants is limited; participants will be selected based on the submitted papers and statements of interest. All participants are expected to contribute to the discussions in the workshop.
Note: Participants are expected to register for the main IJCAI conference in addition to the workshop.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Dr. Thomas Stützle (Co-chair)
Joe Culberson, University of Alberta, Canada
Ian Gent, University of St Andrews, UK
Henry Kautz, University of Washington, USA
Peter Merz, Universität Tübingen, Germany
Andrew Parkes, University of Oregon, USA
Irina Rish, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA