Despite the progress in automated planning and scheduling systems, these systems still need to be fed by carefully engineered domain and problem description and they need to be fine-tuned for particular domains and problems. Knowledge engineering for AI planning and scheduling deals with the acquisition, design, validation and maintenance of domain models, and the selection and optimization of appropriate machinery to work on them. These processes impact directly on the success of real-world planning and scheduling applications. The importance of knowledge engineering techniques is clearly demonstrated by a performance gap between domain-independent planners and planners exploiting domain dependent knowledge.
The workshop shall continue the tradition of several International Competitions on Knowledge Engineering for Planning and Scheduling (ICKEPS) and KEPS workshops. Rather than focusing only on software tools and domain encoding techniques –which are topics of ICKEPS– the workshop will cover all aspects of knowledge engineering for AI planning and scheduling.
We seek original papers ranging from experience reports to the description of new technology in the following areas:
We are pleased to accept papers based on recent publications from other (non ICAPS) venues such as specialized conferences (AAMAS, ICRA, KR, ...), or general AI conferences (AAAI, IJCAI, ECAI, ...). This must be however clearly indicated in the submitted paper.
Submissions of papers being reviewed at other venues are welcome since this is a non archival venue and we will not require a transfer of copyright. If such papers are currently under blind review, please anonymize the submission.
Two types of papers can be submitted. Full technical papers with the length up to 8 pages + 1 for references, are standard research papers. Short papers with the length between 2 and 4 pages (+1 for references) describe either a particular application or focus on open challenges. All papers must be submitted in a PDF format and must conform to the AAAI style template. The submission will be done via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=keps2021.
March 26, 2021 (UTC-12 time zone)
May 28, 2021 (UTC-12 time zone)
Notification: June 28, 2021