This workshop is the 9th in a regular series that started in 1997 at Oxnard, California and included San Francisco (2000), Houston (2002), Darmstadt, Germany (2004), Baltimore (2006), Pasadena (2009, co-located with IJCAI), Darmstadt (2011), Moffett Field (2013), and now co-located with IJCAI 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
IWPSS focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing the planning and scheduling community when addressing the needs of a wide range of space-based applications.
Over the past 18 years since the first workshop in the series, planning and scheduling systems have been successfully deployed to mission ground systems as well as onto spacecraft. In many cases, these deployments have documented cost reduction, increased science returns, and enabling new types of scientific observations. Yet, future missions still do not consider automation by default. An improved infusion process is motivated by the need for planning and scheduling technologies to support an increasingly large, complex suite of missions at ever shrinking costs. This will be even more acute as net-centric observatories emerge. This workshop will specifically focus on ways to infuse planning and scheduling technologies into the evolving set of operational space missions.
The topics covered in this workshop will be of particular interest to scientists involved in space engineering, in Artificial Intelligence, and also to those who work in other, non space-related disciplines, which intersect with techniques with planning & scheduling for space. The intention of the workshop organizers is to stimulate the exchange of ideas between these groups, providing the former with new tools, and the latter two with incentive for continuing their research with space applications in mind.