Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing

Special Issue: Call For Papers

AIEDAM Special Issue, April 2003, Vol.17, No.1


Edited by : Timo Soininen and Markus Stumptner

The configuration problem can be defined as the composition of a complex product from a set of pre-defined component types while taking into account a set of well-defined restrictions on how the component types can be combined.

Important real-world industrial configuration tasks are encountered in marketing, manufacturing, and design. They usually involve physical products, but can also refer to financial or other services or software. Due to their complexity, these tasks must often be supported by dedicated software tools (configurators). Efficient development and maintenance of configurators require sophisticated software development techniques.

AI methods are central to the development of powerful configuration tools and to extending configurator functionality. A wide range of AI techniques such as constraint satisfaction (and its extensions), description logics, logic programming, and different specialized problem solving methods are being used for this purpose.

Configuration, always a successful AI application area, has recently attracted renewed research and industrial interest, as demonstrated by the recent workshops on configuration at AAAI'99, ECAI 2000, and IJCAI'01. With the rise of E-business and web-based configuration services, the field presents many new and old challenges to researchers and application developers.

The goal of this special issue is to demonstrate the state of the art in configuration research. We invite submissions describing novel research involving AI in configuration-related areas, including but not limited to:

  • Configuration problems and models
  • Methods for computing configurations and supporting configuration tasks
  • Configurators and configurator utilization
  • Configuration and product design, product data management, and production management
  • We hope to attract a balance of
    • new and innovative papers on theoretical issues, justified by practical concerns,
    • practical applications applying a well-defined theory or model, and
    • thorough case studies highlighting practical problems, needs and experiences, especially long-term experience or new application situations, e.g. in e-commerce.
    Also welcome are articles that survey different approaches and thoroughly analyze their differences and commonalities.

    Papers will be anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewers in order to select papers for publication in the special issue. Quality papers that are not selected may be considered for standard publication in AIEDAM.

    Important dates: REVISED

      Submission deadline: 15th Mar 2002
      Notification and reviews to authors: 7th July 2002
      Revised version submission deadline: 15th Sep 2002
      Papers needing re-reviews to reviewers: 16th Sep 2002
      Re-reviews due: 6th Oct 2002
      Final notification and re-reviews to all authors: 13th Oct 2002
      Final version submission deadline: 30th Oct 2002
      Final version DL to CUP: 6th Nov 2002

    Further details about submission etc. can be found at the special issue information page:

    Please direct enquiries to the guest editors at

    Guest editors:

    Timo Soininen
    Helsinki University of Technology
    Software Business and Engineering Institute
    POB 9600, FIN-02015 HUT, FINLAND

    Markus Stumptner
    University of South Australia, Adelaide
    Advanced Computing Research Center
    5095 Mawson Lakes SA, AUSTRALIA

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