The Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2018) invites Ph.D. students to participate in this year’s Doctoral Consortium. The DC is open to all doctoral student attendees of the conference. The aim of the DC program is to provide a forum for students to discuss their work with other students and senior researchers working in similar areas, provide general advice regarding research skills and careers, and generally to accelerate the cohesion of new researchers with the ICAPS community and nurture the future of the field. Registering for the Doctoral Consortium will be part of the registration process for the conference.

We also encourage current doctoral students (students whose Ph.D. is in progress, but who are at least a year from defence/completion) to apply for the Mentoring Program that will take place as part of the Doctoral Consortium. The Mentoring Program is designed to provide senior graduate students with an opportunity to get in-depth advice and mentoring by senior members of the field regarding careers and research skills. Participants in the mentoring program will also present posters during the main ICAPS conference in a session open to all ICAPS participants. The Mentoring Program will take place as part of the ICAPS-18 Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on June 24th, one day prior to the workshops and tutorials conference. Students do not need to be accepted into the Mentoring Program to attend and participate in the Doctoral Consortium.

Student Funding

ICAPS will provide student support partly covering travel and/or registration costs through a separate scholarship application process. Students are not required to apply for the Mentoring Program to be considered for this support. Participation in the DC, however, is a requirement for students receiving travel assistance (as are some light service tasks during the conference).

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Application Procedure for the Mentoring Program

Applicants for the Mentoring Program should submit a single PDF file at that contains:

  • A dissertation abstract (not a paper) of at most 4 pages, using AAAI style.
  • A CV.
  • An representative/exemplar conference publication (for sharing with mentor - optional).
  • A short recommendation letter from their Ph.D. supervisor verifying the applicant’s enrollment in a PhD program and summarizing why the DC and Mentoring Program will especially benefit the applicant.

For any questions or problems, please contact the DC chairs.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 1 2018
  • Notification date: March 22, 2018
  • Doctoral Consortium: June 24, 2018

Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs

  • Jim Boerkoel (, Harvey Mudd College, US
  • Gal Kaminka (, Bar Ilan University, Israel


December 2017 - The workshop program has been announced.
December 2017 - Accommodation details are now available.
December 2017 - The calls for nominations for the Best Dissertation Award and the Influential Paper Award are online.
November 2017 - Invited Speakers announced
October 2017 - Call for Tutorial Proposals and Workshop Proposals available
September 2017 - Call for Papers released
June 2017 - ICAPS 2018 announced

Important dates

Abstract submission November 17, 2017
Paper submission November 21, 2017
Author notification January 29, 2018
Early registration April 27, 2018
Summer School June 20 - 23, 2018
Conference June 24 - 29, 2018


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