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Planning and Scheduling Group Participates in 2017 International Conference on Planning and Scheduling
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Planning and Scheduling Group Participates in 2017 International Conference on Planning and Scheduling

Several members of the Planning and Scheduling Group (PSG) participated and served in various roles in the 2017 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), which was held in Pittsburgh, PA, June 18-23.

The following is a list of papers presented at the conference and the conference workshops that had one or more co-authors from PSG:

  • An Investigation of Phase Transitions in Single-Machine Scheduling Problems, Zhihui Wang (presenter), Bryan O'Gorman, Tony Tran, Eleanor Rieffel, Jeremy Frank, Minh Do. ICAPS Main track.
  • Temporal Planning for Compilation of Quantum Approximate Optimization Circuits, Davide Venturelli (presenter), Minh Do (presenter), Eleanor Rieffel, Jeremy Frank. Scheduling and Planning Application Workshop.
  • Traverse Planning with Temporal-Spatial Constraints, John Bresina (presenter), Paul Morris, Matt Deans, Tamar Cohen, David Lees. Scheduling and Planning Applications Workshop.
  • Planning Time to Think: Metareasoning for On-line Planning with Durative Actions, Bence Cserna (presenter), Wheeler Ruml, Jeremy Frank.
  • CHAP-E: A plan Execution Assistant for Pilots, J Benton (presenter), David Smith, John Kaneshige, Leslie Keely. User Interfaces and Planning and Scheduling Workshop.
  • Autonomous Search—Detect—Track for Small UAVs, Bob Morris (presenter), Anjan Chakrabarty, Joshua Baculi, Xavier Bouyssounouse, Rusty Hunt. Integrated Execution of Planning and Acting Workshop.
  • Integrating Execution and Rescheduling, Jeremy Frank. Integrated Execution of Planning and Acting Workshop.
There was a System Demonstration given by David Smith and J Benton, entitled CHAP-E Demo: Monitoring Pilot Activities in the Cockpit.

The following are some of the additional roles that PSG members served in for ICAPS 2017:

Dr. Jeremy Frank served as an ICAPS Program Committee Co-Chair and was elected to the ICAPS Council. Councilors are elected from the current conference organizing committee and, if selected, serve a six-year term. Dr. Frank was one of two councilors selected from a pool of four organizers of this year's conference. The Council manages the strategic goals and organization of the ICAPS conference, manages conference funds, and works to increase the visibility of automated planning and scheduling throughout the Artificial Intelligence (AI) community.

Dr. David E. Smith served on the Program Committee for the Main track and the Applications track, and on the Awards Committee for Best Dissertation and Influential Paper awards. He was also a Doctoral Consortium Mentor and an Invited Panel member at the Scheduling and Planning Applications Workshop.

Dr. Minh Do served on the Program Committee, was a Session Chair for the Main track, was a Doctoral Consortium Mentor, and served on the ICAPS Executive Council. His Executive Council duties included Conference Liaison for all ICAPS conferences (past, current, and future), and Lead of the ICAPS video effort, a new unified website, and a website on planning applications.

Dr. J. Benton was a Session Chair for the Heuristics and Search for Domain Independent Planning Workshop and gave a presentation at the community meeting on ICAPS 2019 (at which he will be a Conference Co-Chair).

Dr. John L. Bresina was a Session Chair for the ICAPS Main track.

BACKGROUND: ICAPS 2017 is part of the ICAPS conference series, the premier forum for exchanging news and research results on theory and applications of intelligent and automated planning and scheduling technology. The ICAPS 2017 Program Committee invites paper submissions related to automated planning and scheduling. Relevant contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and empirical studies of planning and scheduling problems and algorithms
  • Novel techniques and approaches that extend the scope and scale of problems that can be solved
  • Analytic and implemented tools supporting automated planning and scheduling
  • Studies of applying automated planning and scheduling technologies to significant problems with deep technical insight

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