Conference on Transportation Scheduling and Disruption Handling

Venue: The Monash University Prato Centre

Location: Prato, Italy

Event Date/Time: Sep 17, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 19, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 31, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 21, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Aug 30, 2009
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Description

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Conference on Transportation Scheduling and Disruption Handling
September 17-19, 2009
Prato, Italy
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Scope:

The integration between scheduling and disruption handling has recently become a focus of intensive research. The area presents three challenges: how to schedule in a way that is robust to disruption; how to reschedule after a disruption so as to minimize costs; and how to schedule and reschedule in an integrated way so as to get back on schedule as quickly and cheaply as possible.

The focus of this conference is on software algorithms for optimization of transportation schedules, focusing on the interaction between scheduling and on-the-day operation. The research community targeted by the conference is the "hybrid algorithms" community combining techniques from Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence and Operational Research.

Selected papers presented at this conference will be submitted to a special issue of a major OR journal. Details are currently under discussion.

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Invited speakers:

* Edmund Burke (University of Nottingham)
* Panos Pardalos (University of Florida)
* Louis-Martin Rousseau (Polytechnique Montréal)
* Martin Savelsbergh (Georgia Tech)
* Alkis Vazacopoulos (Fair Isaac)

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Sessions and Paper Submission:

The conference will comprise five sessions, as follows:

* Networks
o Chair: Alkis Vazacopoulos, Fair Isaac, AlkisVazacopoulos@fairisaac.com
o Presentations of network-based approaches to transportation scheduling and disruption handling

* CP
o Chair: Mark Wallace, Monash University, Mark.Wallace@infotech.monash.edu.au
o Presentations of approaches to transportation scheduling and disruption handling based on constraint programming

* MIP
o Chair: Kerem Akartunali, University of Melbourne, kerema@ms.unimelb.edu.au
o Presentations of approaches to transportation scheduling and disruption handling based on mixed integer programming techniques

* Repair
o Chair: Heng Soon Gan, University of Melbourne, hsg@unimelb.edu.au
o Presentations of approaches to transportation scheduling and disruption handling based on repair techniques and local search.

* Platforms
o Chair: Ian Evans, CTI, Ian.Evans@contecint.com.au
o Presentations of problem-solving platforms, including modeling languages, solving techniques, MIP/CP/local search, programming environments.

Abstracts should be submitted to one session via the session chair before June 21st. Full papers will be distributed at the conference. Selected papers will be submitted to a special issue of a highly respected OR journal (still under discussion) and will go through the standard referee procedure.

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Important Dates:

Submission of abstracts: 21st June 2009
Submission of full papers: 30th August 2009
Registration deadline: 31st August 2009
Conference: 17-19 September 2009

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Registration:

The full registration fee is Aus$200 or US$150 or Eur100.
Student registration is Aus$60 or US$50 or Eur30.

Details of payment are TBA.
For further information contact Kerry.McManus@infotech.monash.edu.au

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Travel and Accommodation:

The Monash University Prato Centre, housed in Palazzo Vaj, is in the centre of the old town of Prato, only two minutes away from the city's cathedral and walking distance from both train stations (Prato Porta Al Serraglio and Prato Centrale). Prato is 25 minutes from Florence by train. For more details on how to get to Prato, please see http://www.ita.monash.edu/visit/gettingthere.html

The city of Prato offers a variety of accommodation options. Many of these are within walking distance of the Monash Centre. For more details, please see http://www.ita.monash.edu/visit/accommodation/

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Conference Website:

http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/about/news/conferences/cti-monash2009/

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Contact:

Mark Wallace, Monash University, Mark.Wallace@infotech.monash.edu.au
Kerem Akartunali, University of Melbourne, kerema@ms.unimelb.edu.au

Administrative support:
Kerry McManus, Monash University, Kerry.McManus@infotech.monash.edu.au

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