ICAPS-2003 invites PhD students to apply for the Doctoral Consortium, which will provide an opportunity for a group of students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with established researchers in Planning and Scheduling.

The aims of the Doctoral Consortium are the following:

The programme will consist of students' presentations on their current research interests. Presentations will be held concurrently and in the same room as the system demonstrations. A voluntary mentoring programme will be organized to link students with like-minded researchers.

We encourage submissions from Ph.D. students at any level, and from any topic area and methodology within Planning and Scheduling. On the basis of the submissions, the Organizing Committee will select a group of students that will be invited to present their work during the Doctoral Consortium.

Students accepted for participation in the Doctoral Consortium will get scholarships to support their conference attendance.
The students' abstracts will be made available on the Web and will be published in a special workshop proceedings volume of the conference.

Applicants should submit an extended abstract of 5 pages maximum by email to one of the Doctoral Consortium chairs. The submission should be in AAAI style format and sent either as a PostScript or as a PDF file. It should describe original, unpublished work, completed or in progress, that is part of the doctoral work of the student. If an extended version of the paper is also submitted to the technical programme, please indicate it in the submission. Double submission is acceptable, but if the paper is accepted or the technical programme, the student will present the work only in the technical programme sessions and not during the Doctoral Consortium.

In addition, the dissertation advisor should send a letter of recommendation by e-mail to one of the Doctoral Consortium chairs. It should include the expected date for thesis submission, and the motivation/expected benefit for the student to attend the Doctoral Consortium. This letter can be sent in as either a text or a PostScript or a PDF file.

Important Dates:
March 31st: deadline for submitting papers and letters of support
April 18th: notification of acceptance to the program
April 25th: camera ready copy of the papers to the chairs

Doctoral Programme Chairs:
Jeremy Frank
Susanne Biundo

Organizing Committee:
Susanne Biundo
Jeremy Frank
Philippe Laborie
Karen Myers
Sam Steel
Paolo Traverso
Manuela Veloso

The Doctoral Consortium is funded by PLANET, the European Network of Excellence in AI Planning, the NASA Ames Research Center, and the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS).

They provide scholarships to cover expenses towards attending the conference. Covered expenses may include the conference registration, travel costs, and subsistence. Students from the United States are limited in their expenses as per US Govt. rules and regulations listed at http://policyworks.gov/org/main/mt/homepage/mtt/perdiem/travel.shtml. Successful applicants will be required to submit an itemized budget in advance. Reimbursement will be according to actual expenditures as shown on receipts.