International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling
Thessaloniki, Greece, September 20, 2009

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The International Competition on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling has been running since 2005 as a bi-annual event promoting the development and importance of the use of knowledge engineering methods and techniques within P & S. Past events include ICKEPS-05 held during ICAPS at San Francisco in June 2005, and ICKEPS-07 held during ICAPS at Providence in September 2007.

While those events focussed on general areas of KEPS, this year we will focus on a specific aspect of knowledge engineering technology: tools, translators and techniques that when input with a model described in an application-area-specific language, output solver-ready domain models. For example, we would like to encourage application developers in Web Services, Workflow, Business Modelling, E-Learning, Games, Narrative Generation etc to utilise planning technology. To do this, we need to promote the development of translators from (for example):

  • web service languages (eg OWL-S, DAML),
  • workflow languages,
  • business modelling or processing languages (eg BPEL),
  • software requirements languages (eg B, UML),
  • E-learning metadata languages

into solver-ready domain models. As well as being useful tools in their own right, the study of the translation process highlights fundamental research problems in P & S, particularly in the use of domain-independent solvers. Many users in applications areas of P & S would be tempted to implement their own solver, and embed specific heuristics. Rather, ICKEPS-09 promotes the use of existing domain-independent solvers, but will highlight the research challenges such as the expressiveness of their input/output languages, and the problem of providing a heuristics interface.

In conjunction with the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS-09)

News and updates:

Oct 14th, 2009: A detailed report on performance of competing systems and some generated PDDL domains available on-line.

Sep 28th, 2009: Winners announced on web.

Sep 16th, 2009: Detailed rules and evaluation criteria available on-line.

Sep 15th, 2009: Program and proceedings available on-line.

Aug 8th, 2009: Accepted papers available on-line.

Jul 15th, 2009: Notification to authors sent.

Jun 17th, 2009: Programme committee added.

Jun 12th, 2009: Submission instruction added.

Mar 5th, 2009: First Call distributed.

Mar 3rd, 2009: Web site opened.



Expression of interest: April 30, 2009
Submission deadline:
June 18, 2009
Notification of acceptance: July 13,2009
Camera-ready copy due: August 3, 2009
Workshop (full day): September 20, 2009