PATAT 2006: Second Call for Papers

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                              PATAT 2006

                      The 6th International Conference
           on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling


            Wednesday, 30th August - Friday, 1st September 2006

          organized by the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University

                          International Hotel
                            Czech Republic

NEWS about the conferences is available from

This conference is the sixth in a series of conferences that serve as
a forum for an international community of researchers, practitioners and
vendors on all aspects of computer-aided timetable generation. For more
information about the series of conferences see

The themes of the conference include (but are not limited to):

o  Educational Timetabling
o  Transport Timetabling
o  Employee Timetabling and Rostering
o  Sports Timetabling
o  Complexity Issues
o  Distributed Timetabling Systems
o  Experiences
o  Implementations
o  Commercial Packages
o  Interactive vs Batch Timetabling
o  Timetable Updating
o  Standard Data Formats
o  Relationship with Other Scheduling Problems
o  Timetabling Research Areas, including:
               Constraint-Based Methods
               Evolutionary Computation
               Artificial Intelligence
               Graph Colouring
               Expert Systems
               Heuristic Search
               Knowledge Based Systems
               Operational Research
               Simulated Annealing
               Local Search
               Mathematical Programming
               Soft Computing
               Tabu Search
               Very Large Neighborhood Search
               Ant Colony Methods
               Hybrid Methods
               Multi-Criteria Decision Making
               Fuzzy Reasoning

The Featured Keynote Speakers for this conference are:

    Michel Gendreau (Centre de Recheche sur les Transports, Montréal, Canada)
    James Orlin (MIT, USA)
    Andrea Schaerf (Universita di Udine, Italy)


Authors are invited to submit presentations in one of three categories:

(a) Full Papers

Authors should submit papers describing significant, original and
unpublished work. Such papers are expected to be approximately 10-20
pages in length but this guideline is not strict. These papers will be
fully refereed by the programme committee and the accepted ones will
appear in a conference proceedings (ISBN 80-210-3726-1). As in
previous years, a selection of the papers will appear in a post
conference volume published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer
Science series. The second round of refereeing for this volume will
take place shortly after the conference.

(b) Abstracts

Authors can submit abstracts of up to 1000 words. Abstracts will be
fully refereed. The accepted ones will appear in the conference
proceedings. Abstracts will not go forward to the second round of
refereeing for the post-conference volume. However, authors of
accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to write a full paper
based on their abstract and submit it for the selected papers volume.
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 under this category.

(c) System Demonstrations:

Authors can submit an abstract, describing the major properties and
contribution of implemented and/or commercial timetabling systems.
Abstracts should not exceed 1000 words (3-4 pages). Authors of
accepted submissions in this category are expected to provide a
demonstration of their software during the conference. Demonstration
submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their innovation,
relevance and scientific contribution. The abstracts will be
published in the conference proceedings but they will not be forwarded
to the second round of refereeing for the post-conference volume.
However, authors of accepted system demonstration abstracts are
welcome to submit a full paper to the post-conference volume if they
so wish.

Submission Instructions:

Authors of all types of submitted papers are kindly requested to
prepare a paper in English and submit it through our online submission
system (available by the end of November, 2005). The length of the
paper should fulfill the requirements given for each category above.

All papers must be submitted as a one PDF file and authors are
requested to use the Springer llncs style (downloadable from

* the LaTeX version is preferred,
* the Microsoft Word version is also acceptable,
* no other format can be accepted.

Authors using Microsoft Word must use the LNCS template for Microsoft Word.

All fonts must be embedded in the sent PDF files. Outline fonts
(e.g. Type 1) are strongly preferred to bitmap fonts. Please, check
fonts used by Adobe Reader (downloadable from
at File->Document Properties->Fonts.

Authors who have problems with the online system should contact one of
the co-chairs of the Programme Committee for instructions. Please note
that all participants will need to register for the conference and pay
the registration fee in order for accepted submissions to appear in
the conference proceedings.

Preliminary announcement about the format of camera-ready papers:

For all accepted papers, we will require PDF file together with all
source files. Only documents written in LaTeX or Microsoft Word can be
sent as a camera-ready paper.

In the case of the LaTeX format usage, please, prepare your
figures/pictures either in EPS (encapsulated PostScript) or in EPDF
(encapsulated PDF). This is necessary because all vector graphics must
remain in a resolution independent format.


Paper/abstract/system submissions            January 27th 2006
Notification                                 April 28th 2006 (at the latest)

Programme Committee:

Edmund Burke (co-chair) University of Nottingham, UK
Hana Rudová (co-chair)  Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Hesham Alfares          King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia
Viktor Bardadym         Noveon Inc., Belgium
James Bean              University of Michigan, USA
Peter Brucker           University of Osnabrück, Germany
Michael Carter          University of Toronto, Canada
Peter Cowling           University of Bradford, UK
Patrick De Causmaecker  KaHo St.-Lieven, Gent, Belgium
Kathryn Dowsland        Gower Optimal Algorithms Ltd. UK
Andreas Drexl           University of Kiel, Germany
Moshe Dror              University of Arizona, USA
Wilhelm Erben           FH Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Jacques A. Ferland      University of Montreal, Canada
Michel Gendreau         Centre de Recherche sur les Transports, Montréal, Canada
Alain Hertz             Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Jeffrey Kingston        University of Sydney, Australia
Raymond Kwan            University of Leeds, UK
Gilbert Laporte         Université de Montréal, Canada
Vahid Lotfi             University of Michigan-Flint, USA
Amnon Meisels           Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Thiruthlall Nepal       Durban Institute of Technology, South Africa
Jim Newall              eventMAP Ltd, UK
Ben Paechter            Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
Gilles Pesant           Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
Sanja Petrovic          University of Nottingham, UK
Jean-Yves Potvin        Université de Montréal, Canada
Rong Qu                 University of Nottingham, UK
Andrea Schaerf          Universita di Udine, Italy
Jan Schreuder           University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Jonathan Thompson       Cardiff University, UK
Paolo Toth              University of Bologna, Italy
Michael Trick           Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Greet Vanden Berghe     KaHo St.-Lieven, Belgium
Stefan Voss             University of Hamburg, Germany
Dominique de Werra      EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland
George White            University of Ottawa, Canada
Michael Wright          Lancaster University, UK
Jay Yellen              Rollins College, USA

About the Venue:

Brno is the Czech Republic's second largest city.  It lies in the
middle of South Moravia and is a thriving centre of commerce and
culture. The city has a rich history and a wide variety of
architectural styles dating back almost a thousand years. Lying right
at the heart of Europe, Brno is well placed to attract visitors from
around the world. The city is a major trade fair centre, a grand prix
motorcycle venue, and is the home of six universities and a number of
research institutes.

The conference will be held at the Hotel International (which is a
member of the Best Western Premier network of hotels). The hotel is
located in a pleasant area of the city between the Cathedral of St.
Peter and Paul and the 13th century ©pilberk fortress.  Parks
surrounding the fortress and cathedral provide a very convenient and
quiet walking area. Adjacent areas of the old city offer excellent
opportunities for shopping and a wide range of restaurants, pubs, and
bars. The conference hotel is reasonably priced and includes excellent
conference facilities.

Conference organizers can also provide details on how to book
accommodations in a nearby student hostel. It is located within 5-10
minutes walking distance from the conference hotel.

Brno has a growing international airport. There are regular train and
bus connections to large international airports at Prague and Vienna
(Austria). Detailed travel instructions will be placed on the
conference web site.

You can find more information about Brno at

and more about the hotel at

For more information, contact

Conference Organisers are:

Edmund Burke
Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom


Hana Rudová
Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University
Botanická 68a
Brno 602 00
Czech Republic

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