Call for Papers

The program committee of the 20th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS'10) invites paper submissions on topics related to automated planning and scheduling. The purpose of the conference is to promote research in automated planning and scheduling through analysis and dissemination of the foundational theory, the technologies, and their application to significant problems. The focus of the conference program is in:

  • Analytic and empirical studies of planning and scheduling problems as well as algorithms for solving them,
  • Studies of applying automated planning and scheduling technologies to real problems and descriptions of deployed applications;
  • Techniques that extend the complexity and the types of problems that can be solved with current techniques, and
  • Analytic and implemented tools for supporting automated planning and scheduling.

We especially welcome application papers providing novel insights about either planning and scheduling, or their application in the real world. It is anticipated that a best application paper award will be presented at the conference.

For this edition of ICAPS, four types of papers can be submitted:

  • Full Technical Papers
  • Short Technical Papers
  • Challenge Papers
  • Position Statements

The authors will indicate the type of paper at submission time. Full papers can be up to 8 pages long, while all other types of papers can be up to 4 pages long. All accepted papers will be published in the main conference proceedings, and will be presented orally at the conference (full papers will be allocated more time). Challenge and position papers will be presented in special sessions devoted to this purpose.

Extended versions of the best ICAPS-10 papers will be invited to be submitted to the Artificial Intelligence Journal, which will fast-track their publication process.


Author and Reviewer Guidelines


Full Technical Papers will be reviewed based on the standard criteria of clarity, relevance, significance, originality, and soundness. These papers are expected to convey substantial technical contributions to the field, placed in the context of existing work.

Short Technical Papers will be reviewed with the same criteria as full papers, except that given the restrictions on space, they can be more focused. Examples of work suitable for short papers are novel interesting ideas that are not yet fully developed or whose scope is not large enough for a full paper; important implementation techniques; novel interesting benchmark problems; experiments; applications that are not yet rigorously analysed or solved, etc.

Challenge Papers are expected to present novel, concrete, and precise practical or theoretical challenges and the reasons for which it is beneficial for ICAPS researchers to tackle them explicitly.

Position Papers can address the state of automated planning and scheduling field or parts thereof, drawing concrete lessons on past experiences and research, and providing useful insights for the future.

Authors are discouraged from submitting the same work both as full and short paper. Papers submitted to ICAPS'10 may not be submitted to other conferences or journals during the ICAPS'10 review period nor may they be already under review or published in other conferences or journals. Over-length papers will be rejected without review.


Important Dates

The timetable for paper submissions and reviewing is as follows:

Electronic abstracts (all kinds of papers): December 11, 2009
Electronic PDF papers (all kinds of papers):December 19, 2009
Notification of acceptance:
February 12, 2010
Final papers due:March 5, 2010




  • applications and case studies of planning and scheduling techniques
  • complexity analysis for planning and scheduling
  • classical planning
  • conformant/contingent planning
  • constraint reasoning and OR for planning and scheduling
  • distributed and multi-agent planning and scheduling
  • hierarchical task network planning and knowledge-based planning
  • knowledge acquisition and engineering for planning and scheduling
  • machine learning for planning and scheduling
  • plan and schedule execution, monitoring and repair
  • plan recognition
  • planning and scheduling under uncertainty
  • planning with resources and time constraints
  • real-time planning and scheduling
  • robot planning
  • search for planning and scheduling

Submission Instructions

Submissions are anonymous, and must be in AAAI format. Refer to the AAAI web site,, for detailed formatting instructions. Final papers will be in the same format. The proceedings will be published by AAAI Press.

Paper submission will take place through the ICAPS'10 EasyChair web site. The site will open for submissions on December 1, 2009. Precise instructions on the submission procedure are here.

The Program Chairs

The Conference Chairs

Ronen Brafman, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Hector Geffner, ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Joerg Hoffmann, INRIA, France
Henry Kautz, University of Rochester, USA