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Erez Karpas
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ICAPS Summer School on Automated Planning and Scheduling
              -- Call for Participation --

                 Noordwijk, The Netherlands
                     June 20 – 23, 2018

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KEY WORDS
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Sequential decision making
Program links across AI Planning, MCTS, ML, applications
Hands-on lab sessions
At the beach!

EVENT DESCRIPTION
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Planning and Scheduling are central aspects of Artificial Intelligence,
providing intelligent agents with the ability to reason about how and when
to act. The methods developed over the past two decades of research in
Planning and Scheduling are relevant for a wide range of applications, from
industrial automation to robot control. The 10th International Summer
School on Automated Planning and Scheduling will be held in Noordwijk, The
Netherlands, directly at the beach, and directly before the 2018 ICAPS
conference in Delft, The Netherlands. The school proposes an intense four
day educational program for graduate students and young researchers. The
special aim of this edition is to bring together researchers interested in
sequential decision making problems (aka planning under uncertainty),
bridging in particular across traditional AI Planning research and
Monte-Carlo tree search (MCTS) as well as Machine Learning (ML). The
lectures will cover a broad range of topics relevant to this endeavour,
including modeling languages, basic MDP solution methods, sampling-based
algorithms like MCTS, reinforcement learning, classical planning models and
approximations to generate search guidance, as well as applications in
traffic control, computational sustainability, and robotics. The lectures
will be accompanied by a track of lab sessions in which school participants
can gain hands-on experience with the models and techniques presented in
the lectures.

LECTURERS
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Scott Sanner (University of Toronto, Canada) - Modeling languages,
algorithms, traffic control
Thomas Keller (University of Basel, Switzerland) - Sampling-based algorithms
Zico Kolter (CMU, Pittsburgh, USA) - Reinforcement learning
Malte Helmert (University of Basel, Switzerland) - Classical planning
models and algorithms
Gabriele Roeger (University of Basel, Switzerland) - Classical planning
models and algorithms
Mausam (IIT Delhi, India) - Probabilistic planning models and algorithms
Iadine Chades (CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia) - Computational Sustainability
Brian Williams (MIT, Boston, USA) - Cognitive Robotics

VENUE
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The summer school will be hosted at the De Baak Seaside hotel in Noordwijk.

HOW TO REACH US
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HOW TO APPLY
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Applicants must submit the following documents:

- CV
- completed ICAPS Summer School application form (available on the school
webpage)
- a letter describing how the applicant's research topic is connected to
the school
- a recommendation letter from the applicant's research advisor(s)
(required only if the applicant is applying for a grant - see below)

Applications are submitted through EasyChair at
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The deadline for applications is March 23, 2016.

REGISTRATION FEE AND GRANTS
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The registration fee is 300 EUR. It covers admission to all school
lectures, coffee breaks, and lunch.

A number of grants will be offered for supporting travel, registration and
accommodation. Request for such financial support should be indicated on
the application form (see above). Decisions about allocation and size of
the grants will be announced on May 11, 2018. Registration fee payment will
be due at the registration deadline on May 18, 2018.

IMPORTANT DATES
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March 23, 2016        Application and grant request
March 30, 2018        Notification of admission
May 11, 2018        Notification of grant allocation
May 18, 2018        Registration deadline
June 20-23, 2018        Summer school

Organizing Committee
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Alan Fern (University of Oregon, Corvallis, USA)
Joerg Hoffmann (Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany)
Michael Kaisers (CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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