CP2003: CFP and doctoral programme

                      Second Call for Papers

              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.


Papers  are  solicited from  any  of  the  disciplines concerned  with
constraints,   including:   artificial   intelligence,   combinatorial
algorithms,  computational logic,  concurrent  computation, databases,
discrete  mathematics, engineering,  operations  research, programming
languages, symbolic computation.

Papers may  concern any of  the domains using  constraints, including:
combinatorial  auctions,   computational  linguistics,  configuration,
decision support, design,  diagnosis, graphics, hardware verification,
molecular biology, planning,  program analysis, qualitative reasoning,
real-time  systems,  resource  allocation,  robotics,  satisfiability,
scheduling and planning, software engineering,  temporal reasoning, 
type inference, vision, visualization, user interfaces.

We  especially welcome  papers discussing  novel reasoning  and search
methods, presenting  original applications of  constraint programming,
building bridges  between constraint  programming and other  areas, or
providing fundamental  theoretical insights in  explaining the success
or failure of existing methods.

We also solicit papers reporting successful applications of constraint
technology, so as  to attract potential users and  researchers to this
technology.   In  particular, we  welcome  application  papers on  the
following topics: survey of application areas; analysis of application
requirements;  evaluation  and  comparison  of  approaches,  including
operations research vs. constraint programming, and local vs. complete
search  techniques; use  of multiple  solving  techniques, cooperative
algorithms,  and  hybrid  solvers;  software  engineering  aspects  of
constraint programming.


A  special programme  for  PhD  students will  be  held alongside  the
conference.  Students will  be able to present their  work and receive
feedback from more senior members of the community. In addition, there
will be  tutorials about research  skills and career  issues. Students
accepted for this program  will receive a free conference registration
and a partial support for  their travel expenses.  A separate call for
applications  for the  CP 2003  doctoral  programme will  be sent  out
soon. More details  about the CP 2003 doctoral  programme can be found
at the URL 



CP  2003 workshops  will provide  an informal  setting  where workshop
participants will  have the opportunity to  discuss specific technical
topics in  an atmosphere  that fosters the  active exchange  of ideas.
Workshops are  an opportunity  to disseminate work  in progress  or to
promote new  and emerging areas  within the field of  constraints. The
topics of the workshops can  cover any area related to constraints and
any related cross-disciplinary areas.  

There is a  separate call for workshop proposal,  that has been posted
on the  CP 2003 web site and  sent to all the  relevant mailing lists.
The workshop proposal submission deadline is March 31, 2003.


There is  a separate call  for tutorials, that  has ben posted  on the
CP2003 web  site, and  sent to revelant  mailing lists.   The tutorial
submission deadline is May 15, 2003.


   Important Dates:
   April 4: deadline for submissions
    June 8: notifications
    July 4: camera-ready copy

These are strict deadlines. Papers  arriving later than April 4, 24:00
GMT,  will not be  reviewed. Camera-ready  copies arriving  later than
July 4th will not be included in the proceedings.

Submitted papers  must be original  and not submitted  for publication
elsewhere. All submitted papers can be up to  15 proceedings pages,
but they can be accepted as full length papers (15 pages) or as poster 
papers (5 pages).  Details  about how  to submit
papers electronically will be posted in due time. The proceedings will
be  published by  Springer Verlag  in  the Lecture  Notes in  Computer
Science (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/index.html) series.  Authors
are  requested  to prepare  their  papers  by  following the  Springer
instructions (http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).


The CP 2003 program committee plans to give a prize for the paper with
the best scientific contribution.


Conference Chair:                          Program Chair:
Jim Bowen                                  Francesca Rossi
University College Cork                    University of Padova
Ireland                                    Italy
Email: jabowen@cs.ucc.ie                   Email: frossi@math.unipd.it

Doctoral Program Chair:                    Workshop and tutorial chair:
Michela Milano                             Christian Bessiere
University of Bologna                      LIRMM-CNRS
Italy                                      France
Email: mmilano@deis.unibo.it               Email: bessiere@lirmm.fr

Publicity Chair:
Steven Prestwich
University College Cork
Email: s.prestwich@cs.ucc.ie 


Krzysztof Apt, CWI and Univ. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fahiem Bacchus, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Frederick Benhamou, Univ. of Nantes, France
Christan Bessiere, LIRMM_CNRS, France
Alexander Bockmayr, Université Henri Poincaré, France
Jim Bowen, University College Cork, Ireland
Philippe Codognet, Univ. Paris VI, France
Rina Dechter, UC Irvine, USA
Boi Faltings, EPFL, Switzerland
Thom Fruehwirth, Univ. of Ulm, Germany
Carmen Gervet, IC-Parc, UK
Carla Gomes, Cornell Univ., USA
Manuel Hermenegildo, UPM, Spain
Holger Hoos, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada
Peter Jeavons, Univ. of Oxford, UK
Ulrich Junker, ILOG, France
Manolis Koubarakis, Technical Univ. of Crete, Greece
Francois Laburthe, Bouygues, France
Pedro Meseguer, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
Michela Milano, Univ. of Bologna, Italy 
Jean Charles Regin, ILOG, France
Francesca Rossi (chair), Univ. of Padova, Italy
Thomas Schiex, INRA Toulouse, France
Helmut Simonis, Parc Technologies, UK
Barbara Smith, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK
Peter Stuckey, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
Michael Trick, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
Peter van Beek, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
Gerard Verfaillie, ONERA, France
Toby Walsh, Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland
Roland Yap, National Univ. of Singapore 
Makoto Yokoo, NTT Corporation, Japan 


    Doctoral Programme of the Ninth International Conference on
     Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP-2003)


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

                        CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

CP-2003 invites PhD students to apply for the Doctoral Programme,
which will provide an opportunity for a group of students to discuss
and explore their research interests and career objectives with
established researchers in Constraint Programming.

The aims of the Doctoral Programme are the following:
- to provide a forum for students to present their current research,
  and receive feedback from other students and senior researchers;
- to promote contacts among PhD students working in the same area;
- to support students with information and advice on academic, research
  industrial careers;
- to financially support students by covering the conference
registration fee
  and by partially contributing to travel expenses.

Programme: The programme will consist of students' presentations and
tutorials and panels given by senior researchers in the field.  In
addition, following its success last year, a mentoring programme will
be organized.

Submissions: We encourage submissions from Ph.D. students at any
level, and from any topic area and methodology within Constraint
Programming.  On the basis of the submissions, the Organizing
Committee will select a group of students that will be invited to
present their work during the Doctoral Programme, and also to present
a poster at the CP-2003 poster session. We expect a commitment from
all participating students to attend the entire Doctoral
Programme. Students accepted for participation in the Doctoral
Programme will have free conference registration and a fixed allowance
for travel/housing.  The students' abstracts will be made available on
the web and included in the conference proceedings.

Applicants should submit by e-mail to mmilano@deis.unibo.it an
extended abstract of max. 5 pages in length following the usual LNCS
style format. The extended abstract should be sent either as a
PostScript or as a Pdf file. It should describe original, unpublished
work, completed or in progress, that is part of the doctoral work of
the student.  If an extended version of the paper is also submitted to
the technical programme, please indicate it in the submission. Double
submission is acceptable, but if the paper is accepted for the
technical programme, the student will present the work only in the
technical programme sessions and not during the Doctoral Programme.

In addition, the dissertation advisor should send a letter of
recommendation by e-mail to mmilano@deis.unibo.it.  The letter should
include the expected date for thesis submission, and the
motivation/expected benefit for the student to attend the Doctoral
Programme.  This letter can be sent in as either a text or a
PostScript or a Pdf file.

Important Dates:
- April 11: Deadline for application submissions
- June 15: Acceptance Notification
- July 4: Final version due


Doctoral Programme Chair:
Michela Milano
DEIS - University of Bologna
Email: mmilano@deis.unibo.it

Organizing Committee:
Carla Gomes, Cornell University, USA
Francois Laburthe, e-Lab Bouygues, France
Jean-Francois Puget, ILOG, France
Francesca Rossi, University of Padova, Italy (CP-2003 program chair)
Barbara Smith, University of Huddersfield, UK
Toby Walsh, Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland

Additional information will be posted at the URL
http://lia.deis.unibo.it/Staff/MichelaMilano/DoctoralProg.html and may
be obtained by contacting the Doctoral Programme Chair.