The organizing committee of the 31st International Conference
on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2021), currently
scheduled to be held 7-12 June 2021 at Sun Yat-Sen University
in Guangzhou, invites proposals for its workshop program. The
workshops provide a forum to discuss research advances on a
selected topic in an informal setting and promote
dissemination and collaboration on new planning and scheduling
We welcome proposals from all areas of planning and
scheduling. In particular, we encourage proposals that bridge
other fields of research with planning and scheduling or that
take a unique perspective on the ICAPS field.
The workshop (and tutorial) programs will comprise several
concurrent events held in the two days before the plenary
sessions of the conference. Workshop registration is free for
Similar to previous years, we encourage related tutorials and
workshops to be co-proposed and co-run. Every effort will be
taken to house related tutorials and workshops in the same
Ideally, workshops will be half a day in duration (not
including possible associated tutorials), with exceptions made
for workshops with historically high attendance and long
programs. The workshop format is at the discretion of the
individual organizers, and we welcome a mix of formats.
Workshop organizers are encouraged to take initiatives that
foster interaction and debate within the community. They also
should be prepared to accommodate the possibility of ICAPS
2021 moving to a fully virtual (online) or hybrid (virtual and
Workshop proposals should be no more than 3 pages and should
include the following sections:
- Description: A description of the workshop topic.
Relevance to ICAPS: A brief discussion of why the topic is
of interest to ICAPS at this time, and why the topic is
not adequately addressed by other meetings or conferences.
(optional) Tutorial Connection: If relevant, the title and
speaker names for the tutorial to be attached to the
workshop. A full tutorial proposal needs to be sent to the
tutorial chairs (for details, see the separate call for
Format: A brief description of the proposed workshop
length and format. Innovative formats that aim to increase
opportunities for discussion and interaction are
Diversity: A description of how the organizers plan to
promote diversity in the proposed workshop (both from the
organizational and attendee standpoint).
Organization: Names and full contact information for the
organizing committee, plus short descriptions of their
relevant expertise. Strong proposals include organizers
who bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and
who are actively connected to the communities of potential
Estimated Interest: An estimate of the number of workshop
speakers (including invited speakers, presenters,
panelists, etc.) and the expected number of workshop
attendees. Optionally, a list of proposed attendees that
have indicated potential (non-binding) interest.
The organizers of accepted workshop proposals are responsible
Producing a Call for Papers (CFP) and contributing
materials for setting up a web page for the workshop by 28
December 2020. The web page and the CFP will be linked to
the ICAPS 2021 website. Details on this process will be
made available after notification.
Additional publicity, such as distributing the CFP to
relevant newsgroups and electronic mailing lists (through
liaison with the ICAPS 2021 Publicity Chairs, Sarath
Sreedharan and Zaiqing Nie) and especially to potential
audiences outside the ICAPS community.
Organizing the review process for submissions and issuing
invitations to participate in the workshop.
Formulating a detailed technical program for the workshop
and making it available to be uploaded on the ICAPS 2021
website well in advance of the conference. A list of
accepted papers for the workshop should be ready to be
placed on the workshop website by 19 April 2021.
Compiling a camera-ready copy for the workshop proceedings
in close interaction with the workshop program chairs. The
workshop proceedings will be made available on the ICAPS
Workshop proposals should be submitted by email, in plain text
or PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject “Workshop Proposal for ICAPS21” no later than 8
December 2020. Workshop organizers will be notified by email
of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal by 22
December 2020. All PDFs must be less than 25 MB in size.
Summary of Important Dates
Deadline for submission of workshop proposals: 8 December
Notification of workshop acceptance: 22 December 2020.
Workshop Call for Papers and materials for the website: 28
List of accepted papers on the workshop website: 19 April
Workshop/Tutorial dates: 8 and 9 June 2021.
Please direct all questions to the Workshop Program Chairs at
J. Benton (NASA Ames)
Yang Gao (Nanjing University)
Eva Onaindia (Universitat Politècnica de València)