• Thursday 7 April, 2022 - Submissions Due
  • Thursday 12 May, 2022 - Notification
  • Thursday 26 May, 2022 - Camera-ready Due
  • 7-12 June, 2022 - Workshop Date



2022 Workshop on Scheduling and Planning Applications woRKshop

An ICAPS'2022 Workshop
Singapore, Republic of Singapore
7-12 June 2022

This workshop series aims to provide a stable forum on relevant topics connected to application-focused research and the deployment of P&S systems. The immediate legacy began in 2007 with the ICAPS'07 Workshop on `Moving Planning and Scheduling Systems into the Real World’, and continued in 2008-2020 with successful yearly editions. 2022 is the 15th edition of SPARK. The websites of the previous editions of SPARK are available at These workshops presented a stimulating environment where researchers could discuss the opportunity and challenges in moving P&S developments into practice, and analyze domains and problem instances under study for, or closely inspired by, real industrial/commercial deployment of P&S techniques. The challenges and discussions that emerged in the last years' editions set the baseline for this year's SPARK workshop. A goal of the workshop series is the definition of a longer term set of challenges that could be of benefit for the research community as well as practitioners. SPARK is the ideal incubator to test, discuss, mature and improve potential papers for that main track with the feedback of an excellent audience, and a great place for the inception of new applications and challenges. Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to share their domains and instances, or parts of them, towards a library of practical benchmarking problems that could also be useful for the community. Accepted papers will be presented in plenary or poster sessions during the workshop. Each presented paper will receive comments from a designated moderator, in order to start the discussion at the workshop.


Starting from the results of the previous editions, SPARK-2022 will deepen the debate on application-relevant aspects of P&S theory and practice, with the aim of reporting and discussing experiences relating to deploying P&S systems.

Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel domains and benchmark or challenge problems
  • Experiences in deploying P&S systems, from their conception to their maturity in practice
  • Comparison with previously existing technologies and/or systems
  • Integration of operational knowledge from existing legacy components
  • Integration of multiple sources of knowledge and reasoning schemes (actions, time, resources)
  • Modeling and domain model acquisition
  • Handling dynamic and uncertain sources of knowledge
  • Algorithmic and technological issues
  • Plan execution and replanning
  • Mixed initiative approaches
  • User interface design, visualization and explanation
  • Machine learning methodologies applied to P&S systems
  • Engineering, deployment, and maintenance
  • Evaluation, testing, and validation
  • Assessment of impact on end users

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: Thursday 7 April, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: Thursday 12 May, 2022
  • Camera-ready paper submissions: Thursday 26 May, 2022
  • Workshop date: 7-12 June, 2022

Submission Information

Submissions may be regular papers (up to 8 pages plus references) or short position papers (up to 2 pages, including references). All papers should conform to the AAAI formatting guidelines and style (except the AAAI copyright notice can be removed). Submissions will be reviewed by at least three referees. SPARK-2022 will be double blind and submissions must be anonymous and not contain author information.

Submissions, in PDF format, must be submitted via the EasyChair site:

The site is open for submission


The SPARK workshop has a positive history of diversity within the organising committee, programme committee and attendees, including individuals of different gender, race, nationality, and at different stages in their career. However, to ensure SPARK remains and progresses to being more diverse, part of the organiser's responsibility this year will be to ensure that SPARK has: