SoCS 2021: The 14th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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Update on conference dates and format:

July 26-30, 2021 (before ICAPS 2021), fully virtual

Heuristic search and other forms of combinatorial search optimization are a very active areas of research in artificial intelligence, robotics, planning and other areas of computer science. The International Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS) is meant to bring researchers in such areas together to exchange their ideas and cross-fertilize the field.

SoCS is targeting researchers and submissions in all fields that use combinatorial search, including artificial intelligence, planning, robotics, constraint programming, meta-reasoning, operations research, navigation and bioinformatics. We especially invite submissions presenting real-world applications of heuristic search.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (Extended): February 18, 2021 (11:59PM UTC-12)

  • Paper submission deadline (Extended): February 24, 2021 (11:59PM UTC-12)

  • Author response period: March 19-21, 2021

  • Notification: March 30, 2021

  • Early registration deadline:

  • Camera-ready version due: May 24, 2021

  • SoCS 2021 conference: July 26, 2021

The above deadlines are for all submission types, including technical and position papers and extended abstracts.

Original Venue: Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

Invited Talks:

  • Hector Geffner: Width, Serializations, General Policies, and Sketches -- EurAI Talk

  • Sabine Storandt: Separated at Girth: Balanced Search Space Dissection in Graphs

  • Shaowei Cai: Configuration Checking based Local Search

  • Sven Koenig: How to Pick a Research Topic and Have Impact with Your Research (Doctoral Consortium)

Master Class:

  • Tristan Cazenave: Tree Search and Deep Learning

  • Fukunaga Alex: Avoiding Pitfalls in Parallel Best-First Search

  • Gabriele Röger and Silvan Sievers: Abstraction heuristics in planning

  • Federico Pecora: Planning and coordination in multi-robot systems: where search meets the real world