Call for Papers

Workshop on Configuration 2014, Novi Sad, Serbia, September 25-26

Workshop Website: confws.ist.tugraz.at

1. Overview
Configuration can be interpreted as a special type of design approach where the product being configured is composed from instances of a set of predefined component types that can be combined in ways defined by a set of constraints. This task requires powerful knowledge representation formalisms and acquisition methods to capture the variety and complexity of configurable products. Furthermore, efficient reasoning methods are required to support intelligent interactive behavior, solution search, satisfaction of user preferences, personalization, optimization, reconfiguration, and diagnosis.
The main goal of the workshop is to promote high-quality research in all technical areas related to configuration. The workshop is of interest for both, researchers working in the various fields of Artificial Intelligence mentioned below as well as for industry representatives interested in the relationship between configuration technology and the business problem behind configuration and mass customization. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, evaluations, and experiences especially related to the use of AI techniques in the configuration context.

2. Topics
Workshop topics include but are not limited to the following ones:

a) Configuration Problems and Models
Structure of configuration problems, knowledge representation, ontologies, fuzzy and incomplete knowledge, standardization of catalog exchange formats, feature models, configuration problems, representations for product and process configuration, product design and configuration.

b) Techniques for obtaining and/or maintaining Configuration Models
Knowledge acquisition methods, cognitive approaches, machine learning, data extraction methods, ontology integration, reconciliation of knowledge bases, knowledge elicitation, testing and debugging, knowledge understanding.

c) Reasoning Methods
Constraint satisfaction problems and extensions, preference based reasoning, description logics, rules, case-based reasoning, SAT-solving, local search, genetic algorithms, neural networks, problem decomposition, optimization, multi-criteria optimization, symmetry breaking, cooperative configuration processes, reconfiguration of existing systems, explanations, distributed problem solving, benchmark proposals, knowledge-based recommendation, knowledge compilation.

d) Intelligent User Interfaces and Business Process Integration
Personalization, machine learning, explanations, recommender technologies, configuration web services, related software architectures, distributed configuration, integration into the production and selling process, configuration and mass customization.

e) Applications and Tools
Configuration tools, design tools, application reports, case studies, real-world challenges, test environments for configuration knowledge bases, configuration in related fields such as software configuration, service composition, and model-driven engineering, environments for feature model development and maintenance.

3. Paper Submission
Full papers are limited to 8 pages. Position statements and problem instances can be submitted as short papers limited to 4 pages. Both regular and short papers should be formatted in pdf according to the ECAI 2014 style guide (http://ecai2014.guarant.eu/ecai2014.tar.gz) and submitted to the EasyChair environment (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=confws2014).
Each submission will be subject to peer review by at least two members of the program committee. Refereeing criteria are relevance to workshop topics, significance and novelty of the research, technical content, discussion of relationship to previous work, and clarity of presentation. A contribution submitted as a long paper may be accepted as a short paper, if the program committee considers it to be inadequate for a long paper but to present an important issue. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register at the workshop and to present the paper. The proceedings of the event will be edited with an ISBN code. Best papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of AI Communications.

4. Important Dates
Abstract submission (to EasyChair, no more than 200 words): Wednesday, April 2 2014
Paper submission: Monday, May 12 2014
Notification of authors: Friday, June 6 2014
Camera-ready papers due: Friday, June 20 2014
Registration and payment deadline: Tuesday, July 15 2014
Workshop dates: Thursday & Friday 25-26, September 2014

5. Local Organization and Registration
The Workshop on Configuration 2014 continues the series of successful workshops started at the AAAI’96 Fall Symposium and continued at IJCAI, AAAI, and ECAI conferences since 1999. Beside researchers from a variety of fields, past events also attracted a significant number of participants from industry (major configurator vendors such as Tacton, SAP, Oracle, Encoway, or IBM-ILOG, as well as from end-users Siemens, Renault, HP, or DaimlerChrysler).
In 2014, the Configuration Workshop will be a part of 6th International Conference on Mass Customization and Personalization in Central Europe held in Novi Sad (Serbia) at the Faculty of Technical Sciences from 23rd to 26th September 2014 (http://www.mcp-ce.org/).
The registration fee for the Configuration Workshop 2014 is 250€. This includes sessions for 2 days of workshop, workshop proceedings, coffee breaks, lunch, and banquet (http://www.mcp-ce.org/information/conference-fees).

6. Previous Configuration Workshop
For detailed information about the previous Configuration Workshop held in Vienna (Austria) on 29th and 30th August 2013 visit the following website: http://ws-config-2013.mines-albi.fr.

7. Workshop Committee

Workshop Chairs:
Alexander Felfernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Cipriano Forza, University of Padua, Italy
Albert Haag, SAP, Germany

Program Committee:
Michel Aldanondo, Toulouse University, Mines Albi, France
Claire Bagley, Oracle Corporation, USA
David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain
Andreas Falkner, Siemens AG, Austria
Gerhard Friedrich, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University
Alois Haselböck, Siemens AG, Austria
Lothar Hotz, University of Hamburg, HiTeC, Germany
Lars Hvam, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Dietmar Jannach, University of Dortmund, Germany
Thorsten Krebs, encoway, Germany
Tomi Männistö, Aalto University, Finland
Iulia Nica, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Rick Rabiser, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Florian Reinfrank, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Stefan Reiterer, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Markus Stumptner, University of South Australia, Australia
Juha Tiihonen, Aalto University, Finland
Elise Vareilles, Toulouse University, Mines Albi, France
Franz Wotawa, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Linda Zhang, IESEG Business School Paris, France
Markus Zanker, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Organizational Support:
Martin Stettinger, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Nikola Suzic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia