This workshop series aims to provide a stable forum on relevant topics connected to application-focused research and the deployment of P&S systems. The immediate legacy began in 2007 with the ICAPS'07 Workshop on `Moving Planning and Scheduling Systems into the Real World’, and continued in 2008-2020 with successful yearly editions. 2021 is the 14th edition of SPARK.
The websites of the previous editions of the workshop series are available at http://decsai.ugr.es/~lcv/SPARK/. These workshops presented a stimulating environment where researchers could discuss the opportunity and challenges in moving P&S developments into practice, and analyze domains and problem instances under study for, or closely inspired by, real industrial/commercial deployment of P&S techniques.
The challenges and discussions that emerged in the last years' editions 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. SPARK is the ideal incubator to test, discuss, mature and improve potential papers for that main track with the feedback of an excellent audience, and a great place for the inception of new applications and challenges.
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.
Accepted papers will be presented in plenary or poster sessions during the workshop. Each presented paper will receive comments from a designated moderator, in order to start the discussion at the workshop.
Starting from the results of the previous editions, SPARK'21 will deepen the debate on application-relevant aspects of P&S theory and practice, with the aim of reporting and discussing experiences relating to deploying P&S systems.
Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:
Paper Submission: May 28, 2021
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 25, 2021
Camera-ready paper submissions: TBD, 2021
Workshop date: August 2-13 (TBD), 2021
Submissions may be regular papers (up to 8 pages plus references) or short position papers (up to 2 pages, including references). All papers should conform to the AAAI formatting guidelines and style (except the AAAI copyright notice can be removed). Submissions will be reviewed by at least three referees. SPARK'21 will be double blind and submissions must be anonymous and not contain author information.
Submissions, in PDF format, must be submitted via the EasyChair site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=spark2021
The SPARK workshop has a positive history of diversity within the organising committee, programme committee and attendees, including individuals of different gender, race, nationality, and at different stages in their career. However, to ensure SPARK remains and progresses to being more diverse, part of the organiser's responsibility this year will be to ensure that SPARK has: