Following the success of the Special Track on Novel Applications at previous ICAPS conferences, ICAPS 2018 will host again a Novel Applications Track.

ICAPS 2018, the 28th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, will take place in Delft, The Netherlands, 24-29 June 2018. ICAPS 2018 is part of the ICAPS conference series, the premier forum for exchanging news and research results on theory and applications of intelligent planning and scheduling technology.

The goal of this special track is to encourage the submission of papers describing all aspects of the development, deployment, and evaluation of planning and scheduling systems for real-world problems. Topics addressed in applications papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Description and modelling of novel application domains
  • Engineering issues in using planning and scheduling techniques
  • Integration of multiple planning and scheduling techniques, or of planning and scheduling techniques with techniques from other areas or disciplines
  • User interface design, visualization, and explanation for a planning and scheduling application
  • Experiences in development, deployment, and maintenance of planning and scheduling applications
  • Evaluation, testing, and validation of planning and scheduling applications
  • Assessment of impact on end users

This track has a separate programme committee consisting of individuals with experience working on applications of Planning and Scheduling technology to real world problems. Papers submitted to this track will be evaluated using different criteria, particularly:

  • Significance of the application problem being addressed
  • Importance of planning and scheduling technology to solution of the problem
  • Novelty of the application and technical approach to the application
  • Evaluation of the system and its deployment
  • Clarity of the descriptions of the application problem, techniques used, and results
  • Applicability to real-world problems such as by dataset complexity and actual use in practice

Author Guidelines

Authors may submit long papers (8 pages AAAI style plus up to one page of references) or short papers (4 pages plus up to one page of references). The type of paper must be indicated at submission time.

All papers, regardless of length, will be reviewed against the standard criteria of relevance, originality, significance, clarity and soundness, and are expected to meet the same high standards set by ICAPS. Short papers may be of narrower scope, for example by addressing a highly specific issue, or proposing or evaluating a small, yet important, extension of previous work or new idea.

Authors making multiple submissions must ensure that each submission has significant unique content. Papers submitted to ICAPS 2018 may not be submitted to other conferences or journals during the ICAPS 2018 review period nor may they be already under review or published in other conferences or journals. Overlength papers will be rejected without review.

Submission Instructions

All submissions will be made electronically, through the EasyChair conference system:

Submitted PDF papers should be anonymous for double-blind reviewing, adhere to the page limits of the relevant track CFP/submission type (long or short), and follow the AAAI author kit instructions for formatting:

In addition to the submitted PDF paper, authors can submit supplementary material (videos, technical proofs, additional experimental results) for their paper. Please make sure that the supporting material is also anonymized. Papers should be self-contained; reviewers are encouraged, but not obligated, to consider supporting material in their decision.

Important Dates

November 17, 2017
Abstracts (electronic submission) due
November 21, 2017
Papers (electronic submission, PDF) due
January 29, 2018
Notification of acceptance

The reference timezone for all deadlines is UTC-12. That is, as long as there is still some place anywhere in the world where the deadline has not yet passed, you are on time!

Novel Application Track chairs


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October 2017 - Call for Tutorial 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
Summer School June 20 - 23, 2018
Conference June 24 - 29, 2018


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