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

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Competition Results

The winners of the competition have be decided by a board of judges after a careful evaluation of both paper presentation and demonstration of the tool. A detailed report on performance of all competitors is available as a PDF file. The following two tools were awarded:

itSIMPLE 3.0
by Tiago Stegun Vaquero, José Reinaldo Silva, Marcelo Ferreira, Flavio Tonidandel, J. Christopher Beck
The itSIMPLE 3.0 system showed as a prominently robust and comprehensive system capable to effectively support engineers and scientists in modeling domains, planning on them and analyzing the outcomes of planning activities, by means of user-friendly GUI interfaces and taking the well-known UML standard as the key representational means. The system encompasses a variety of functionality and interfaces, and clearly incorporates a large wealth of work carried out since its first inception, four years ago. While not focused on a specific applicative area, the tool has been exploited in several applicative fields, witnessing the strength of this workbench and its potential to significantly widen the forum of the users of planning techniques.

by Arturo González-Ferrer, Juan Fernández-Olivares, Luis Castillo
The JABBAH system provides a neat tool for analysts that need to perform resource allocation analysis on business workflows, embedding a non-trivial transformation of BPMN-expressed workflows in terms of Hierarchical Task Networks. By providing a fully automated support of the analysis, allowing engineers to exploit the vastly diffused Business Process Management Notation (BPMN) standard for workflow specification, and neatly presenting the results, this system may appeal a very wide and relevant audience. Hencefore, JABBAH may have a considerable potential impact outside the planning community. Furthermore, the system appeared solid and well usable, and in general scored well under the criteria considered in ICKEPS'09.

Congratulation to the winners and thanks to all other competiting teams for their contribution.

winners with judges

The board of judges:

Simone Fratini - ISTC-CNR, Italy
Piergiorgio Bertoli - Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Adi Botea - NICTA and The Australian National University, Australia

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


Roman Barták, Charles University, Czech Republic
contact email: bartak (AT)

Simone Fratini, ISTC-CNR, Italy
contact email: simone.fratini (AT)

Lee McCluskey, University of Huddersfield, UK
contact email: lee (AT)

Programme Committte

Sara Bernardini
London Knowledge Lab, UK
Amedeo Cesta
Stephen Cresswell
University of Huddersfield, UK
Stefan Edelkamp
University of Bremen, Germany
Susana Fernandez Arregui
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Jeremy Frank
Antonio Garrido
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Robert Goldman
Arturo Gonzalez Ferrer
Universidad de Granada, Spain
Peter Jarvis
Ugur Kuter
University of Maryland, USA
Clayton T. Morrison
The University of Arizona, USA
Julie Porteous
University of Teeside, UK
Tiago S. Vaquero
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dimitris Vrakas
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Board of judges

Simone Fratini
Piergiorgio Bertoli
Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Adi Botea
NICTA/ANU, Australia


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