CP2000 Post-Conference Workshop on


September 22, 2000



[Description of the workshop] [Preliminary program] [Submission guidelines] [Organizers]

Description of the workshop:

In the last years there has been a lot of work on extending the classical framework of constraints to handle many kinds of soft features, like fuzziness, preferences, uncertainties, and costs. New frameworks have been defined and their properties have been studied, but much work is still to be done to make soft constraints a useful and convenient tool when trying to model and solve a real-life problem. Thus, this is the time to assess the value of these first efforts and to extend them in the most promising directions. This workshop will cover all topics related to soft constraints. Moreover, we encourage both theoretical work and reports on practical applications of soft constraints. More in detail, the workshop will certainly deal with the following issues:

This workshop is intended to build on the experience and success of the CP99 workshop on the same subject, and its aim is to provide a forum where researchers currently working in this area 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.

The workshop is held in conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP2000), which will take place in Singapore, on September 18-22, 2000. More details about the conference can be found at the URL http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~cp2000/ .

Preliminary program:

The workshop program will consists of five presentations, selected among the submitted papers, and two invited talks, by Thomas Schiex and Alan Borning. The full program can be found here.

Paper Submissions:

Authors willing to present their work are invited to submit a paper by June 5, 2000. Authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their papers by July 1, 2000. Final versions of the accepted papers will be due on September 1st, 2000.

Papers must not exceed 10 pages . The title page should include the name, address, telephone number, and electronic mailing address for each author, as well as a list of keywords. A contact author should also be provided. Electronic submission in PostScript format, to the address cp2000-soft@math.unipd.it, is mandatory, unless special cases occur (to be notified to and agreed aupon with the organizers).

At least one of the authors for each accepted paper is expected to attend the meeting and present the work. The papers will be made available electronically at the workshop web page.


Francesca Rossi ( frossi@math.unipd.it)