International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

20th International Conference on
Automated Planning and Scheduling

Toronto, Canada, May 12-16, 2010

Scheduling and Planning Applications woRKshop
an ICAPS'10 Workshop
Toronto, Canada - May 13, 2010
Workshop Aim
Application domains that contain planning and scheduling (P&S) problems pose a combination of issues, from modelling to technological to institutional, that present challenges to the AI planning and scheduling community. New domains and real-world problems are becoming more frequent challenges for AI. The international Scheduling and Planning Applications woRKshop (SPARK) series was established to help address the gap between developments in the AI P&S community and application of these advances.

The aim of the workshop series is to provide a stable, long-term forum collocated with ICAPS, where researchers and practitioners can discuss the applications of planning and scheduling techniques to real problems rather than academic benchmarks. That is, domains and problem instances should be under study for, or closely inspired by, a real industrial/commercial deployment of P&S techniques. This workshop marks the fourth in the SPARK series: the web sites of the previous editions are available at

The challenges and discussions that emerged from last year's edition set the baseline for this year's SPARK workshop. A goal of the workshop series is the definition of a longer term set of challenges that could be of benefit for the research community as well as practitioners. Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to share their domains and instances, or parts of them, towards a library of practical benchmarking problems that could also be useful for the community.

The best papers from prior editions of the workshop were invited to a journal special issue. The highest quality papers from SPARK'10 will be eligible for a journal special issue or post-proceedings volume.
Important dates
Deadline for paper: March 5, 2010
Notification of acceptance: March 24, 2010
Final Revision: March 31, 2010
Workshop date: May 13, 2010
Steve Chien, NASA JPL, USA steve.chien at
Gabriella Cortellessa, ISTC-CNR, Italy gabriella.cortellessa at
Neil Yorke-Smith, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and SRI International, USA nysmith at
April 30th, 2010
Proceedings available
April 21st, 2010
Program available
March 26th, 2010
List of accepted papers available
March 24th, 2010
Notification sent to authors
March 3rd, 2010
The deadline passed but it is still possible to submit papers by March 5
February 15th, 2010
Updated submission deadline
December 21th, 2009
First Call for Papers released
December 21th, 2009
Preliminary web site released
Website hosted at ISTC-CNR