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6271Call for Papers - PATAT 2014: The 10th International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated

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  • Ender Ozcan
    Sep 30, 2013
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      The 10th International Conference on the
      Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling -
      PATAT 2014


      York, United Kingdom

      26-29 August, 2014

      The International Series of Conferences on the Practice and Theory of
      Automated Timetabling (PATAT) is held biennially as a forum for both
      researchers and practitioners of timetabling to exchange ideas. PATAT 2014
      which is the tenth in the conference series will be held in York, UK.

      Whether it is sporting events, educational institutions, transportation or
      employee management the construction of efficient timetables which provide
      the maximum in way of flexibility for all constituent parts is as important
      as it is challenging. An increasingly important aspect within organisations
      is an automated approach which maximises all aspects of resource usage. In
      doing so a number of quantitative and qualitative challenges must be dealt
      with from both a technical and practical perspective.

      An important aim of the conference is to align the needs of practitioners
      and the objectives of researchers. This is achieved through the presentation
      and application of leading edge research techniques. Practitioners and
      Researchers alike are encouraged to present their work and experiences with
      the overall goal of developing efficient and practical solutions. With this
      goal in mind, at PATAT 2014, researchers and practitioners will be brought
      together through a number of key presentations and workshops.

      Topics of interest and themes of the conference include, but not limited to:

      - Educational Timetabling - Artificial Intelligence
      - Timetabling in Transport - Graph Colouring
      - Employee Rostering - Resource Capacity Planning
      - Sports Timetabling - Parallel/Distributed Computing
      - Timetabling in Healthcare - Hybrid Methods (e.g., Memetic
      - Mathematical Programming Computing, Matheuristics)
      - Constraint-Based Methods - Machine Learning (e.g., Data
      - Expert Systems Classifier Systems, Neural
      - Knowledge Based Systems - Multi-objective Approaches
      - Fuzzy Systems - Multi-criteria Decision Making
      - Heuristic Search - Foundational Studies (e.g.,
      - Metaheuristics (e.g., Evolutionary Complexity Issues)
      Computation, Simulated Annealing, - Timetabling Tools and Applications
      Tabu Search, Ant Colony Methods) (e.g., Interactive
      - Systems to Build Systems (e.g., and Batch Systems,
      Hyper-heuristics, Standard Data Formats,
      Algorithm Portfolios) Ontologies, Experiences)

      Authors are invited to submit their work in one of three categories:

      1) Full papers: Authors should submit papers describing significant,
      original and unpublished work.

      2) Abstracts: People who wish to give a talk (e.g. practitioners,
      researchers with preliminary or incomplete papers) but do not want to submit
      a full paper can submit abstracts of up to 1000 words.

      3) System demonstrations: Authors can also submit an abstract, describing
      the major properties and contribution of implemented and/or commercial
      timetabling systems.

      All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the
      programme committee. Accepted papers will be invited for an oral
      presentation at the event and included in the PATAT 2014 proceedings after
      they are presented.

      Authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their original work
      as full papers for consideration to be published in a Special Issue of the
      Annals of Operations Research.

      Paper Submission Deadline: 10 February, 2014

      Notification of Acceptance: 29 April, 2014

      Early registration closes: 30 June, 2014

      Ender Özcan
      University of Nottingham

      Edmund Burke
      University of Stirling

      Barry McCollum
      Queen's University Belfast

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      Tim Curtois, University of Nottingham

      Mike Earl, Loughborough University

      Bob John, University of Nottingham

      Julie Lane, University of Sheffield
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