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AILog 2012 : 3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Logistics at ECAI 2012


When Aug 27, 2012 - Aug 28, 2012
Where Montpellier, France
Submission Deadline May 30, 2012
Notification Due Jun 29, 2012
Final Version Due Jul 9, 2012
Categories    artificial intelligence   logistics   multi agent systems

Call For Papers


3rd International Workshop on

"Artificial Intelligence and Logistics (AILog-2012)"

at ECAI 2012

Montpellier, France, August 27/28 2012


May 30, 2012 Paper submission deadline
June 29, 2012 Notification of acceptance
July 9, 2012 Camera-ready papers due
Aug 27 or 28, 2012 Workshop at ECAI 2012


AILog-2012 is the 3rd International workshop on Artificial Intelligence
and Logistics, succeeding two successful workshops at ECAI 2010 and
IJCAI 2011. For this year, the focus topic of AILog is "Autonomous and
Decentralized Approaches in Logistics". We explicitly invite submissions
that tackle this field of research.



Logistics is concerned with the organization and control of processes in
space and time in order to transport or manufacture goods and the
coordination of the resulting flows of material and information, as well
as monetary flows. In a globalized economy, these processes become
increasingly hard to handle: the resulting logistic networks get complex
and show great dynamics, which results in partial observability and more
and more prevents centralized planning and control of these increasingly
complex processes.

Autonomous and decentralized Approaches in Logistics

This workshop focuses on one approach to address these challenges:
decentralized and autonomous decision making. This theme is taken up by
much recent logistics research, but is also of great interest from a
technical, AI perspective, e.g., in multi-agent systems. One fundamental
problem of autonomy and decentralization, especially if performed by
technical systems, is the difficulty to predict global system behavior,
and the question of how to control such systems towards intended behavior
(or at least how to reliably prevent unintended behavior). Low
transparency and controllability especially for humans are in our view
a major obstacle to introduce such systems in real logistics applications.
Therefore this workshop especially welcomes submissions addressing the
topic of controllability and monitoring of autonomous processes in
logistics. This includes ways to support human stakeholders of such
systems, but can also present hybrid approaches between centralization
and decentralization aiming at combining the advantages of both
approaches to plan, control, and monitor logistic systems.



We encourage contributions that address issues of autonomy and
decentralized control in one the following research areas and applied
to a logistics problem as named in the application areas:

Research Areas

• Coordination in Space and Time,
• Knowledge Representation and Reasoning,
• Multi Modal Interaction,
• Cognitive Robotics, Modeling,
• Spatial and Temporal Reasoning,
• Logic and Constraint Programming,
• Planning and Scheduling,
• Multi Agent Systems,
• Case-Based Reasoning,
• Machine Learning,
• Human-machine Interfaces,
• ...

Application Areas

• Transport logistics,
• Production planning and control,
• Assembly and disassembly,
• Process modeling and monitoring,
• Process planning,
• Process scheduling,
• Intelligent manufacturing systems,
• Inventory organization and optimization,
• Automated inspection and quality control,
• Supply chain management,
• Traffic management,
• ...



John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)
Jürgen Branke (University of Warwick, UK)
Neil A. Duffie (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Boi Faltings (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
Torsten Hildebrandt (University of Bremen, Germany)
Stefan Kirn (University of Hohenheim, Germany)
Alexander Kleiner (Linköping University, Sweden)
Herbert Kopfer (University of Bremen, Germany)
Andreas D. Lattner (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Martin Lauer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Jacek Malec (Lund University, Sweden)
Hedda Schmidtke (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Jaime Sichman (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Gerhard Weiss (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
Katja Windt (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)
Stefan Wölfl (University of Freiburg, Germany)



Lutz Frommberger
University of Bremen, Germany

Kerstin Schill
Collaborative Research Center "Spatial Cognition", Bremen, Germany

Bernd Scholz-Reiter
Collaborative Research Center "Autonomous Cooperating Logistic Processes", Bremen, Germany



For any inquiries about the workshop refer to the workshopp website at or contact
Lutz Frommberger (

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