CP 2003: call for participation and preliminary program

(Please see the CP2003 web site for the preliminary programme.)

                      Call for Participation

              Ninth International Conference on
       Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming

                 September 29 - October 3, 2003
                  Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland


The CP conference is the annual international conference on constraint
programming, and  it is concerned  with all aspects of  computing with
constraints,   including:   algorithms,  applications,   environments,
languages, models and systems. CP 2003 includes a technical programme,
where presentations of theoretical  and application papers, as well as
invited  papers and  advanced tutorials,  aim at  describing  the best
results  and  techniques  in  the  state  of  the  art  of  constraint
programming.   Moreover, CP  2003 continues  the tradition  of  the CP
doctoral programme, in  which a group of Ph.D.  students present their
work, listen  to tutorials on  career and ethical issues,  and discuss
their work  with senior researchers via a  mentoring scheme.  Finally,
there will  also be a number  of workshops, where  researchers will be
able  to meet in  an informal  setting and  discuss their  most recent
ideas with their peers.

This year  the CP  conference will be  held in Kinsale,  Ireland, from
September 29 to October 3, 2003. Kinsale is a very pictoresque village
over the ocean in the south of Ireland, close to the city of Cork.

CP 2003 received  a record number of 182  submitted papers, from which
the Program Committee  chose 47 accepted papers, that  we believe will
make a very lively and high quality program.  The technical program of
CP 2003  will be  held from  Tuesday to Friday  and will  include four
invited talks (by  Henry Kautz and Bart Selman,  Tuomas Sandholm, Mark
Wallace, and Toby Walsh), four advanced tutorials, a demo session with
eigth demos, the  presentation of the 47 accepted  full papers and one
poster session for 35 posters.

CP 2003 will  also include ten workshops, to be held  on Monday, and a
doctoral programme, to be held in parallel with the technical program,
which includes four doctoral  tutorials, 12 student presentations, and
one student poster session.

Finally, CP  2003 is  co-located with an  Eclipse summer  school, that
will be held on Sunday, September 28, at the conference site.

We  will also  have a  very interesting  social program,  including an
opening reception, a banquet, and two excursions in the countryside of
Ireland and over the ocean.

The  details of  the technical  and social  programs, as  well  as the
workshop program, tutorials, demo session and doctoral program, can be
found,  together  with the  registration  form  and information  about
hotels, at the URL  http://www.cs.ucc.ie/cp2003/

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Kinsale for CP 2003.

Jim Bowen, CP 2003 Conference Chair
Francesca Rossi, CP 2003 Program Chair