Call for Papers


_mg_3249As a special type of design activities, configuration involves the selection of suitable components from predefined ones, the association of selected components based on constraints, and the evaluation of configured products. It requires powerful knowledge representation formalism and acquisition methods to capture the variety and complexity of configurable products. Furthermore, efficient reasoning methods are required to support intelligent interactive behavior, solution search, satisfaction of user preferences, personalization, optimization, reconfiguration, and diagnosis. In the recent years, the applications of configuration principles have been investigated in other fields, such as process planning, supply chain management, and service process design.

The main goal of the workshop is to promote high-quality research in all areas related to configuration. The workshop is of interest for both researchers and practitioners who are interested in the relationship between the configuration technique and business issues/problems. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, evaluations, progresses, and experiences related to configuration activities, the use of AI tools in configuration, and the application of configuration principles in other fields.


Workshop topics include but are not limited to the following ones:

  1. Configuration Problems and Models
    Configuration dealing with unforeseen customer requirements, configuration involving new components design, structure of configuration problems, knowledge representation, ontologies, fuzzy and incomplete knowledge, standardization of catalog exchange formats, feature models, configuration problems, representations for product and process configuration, product design and configuration.
  2. Techniques for obtaining and/or maintaining Configuration Models
    Knowledge acquisition methods, cognitive approaches, machine learning, data extraction methods, ontology integration, reconciliation of knowledge bases, knowledge elicitation, testing and debugging, knowledge understanding.
  3. Reasoning Methods
    Constraint satisfaction problems and extensions, preference based reasoning, description logics, rules, case-based reasoning, SAT-solving, local search, genetic algorithms, neural networks, problem decomposition, optimization, multi-criteria optimization, symmetry breaking, cooperative configuration processes, reconfiguration of existing systems, explanations, distributed problem solving, benchmark proposals, knowledge-based recommendation, knowledge compilation.
  4. Intelligent User Interfaces and Business Process Integration
    Personalization, machine learning, explanations, recommender technologies, configuration web services, related software architectures, distributed configuration, integration into the production and selling process, configuration and mass customization.
  5. Configuration in other fields
    Configuration-based process planning, production configuration, healthcare process configuration, configuration-based business processes, supply chain configuration.
  6. Applications and Tools
    Configuration tools, design tools, application reports, case studies, real-world challenges, test environments for configuration knowledge bases, software configuration, service composition, and model-driven engineering, environments for feature model development and maintenance.

Paper submission

r20b6171Full papers are limited to 8 pages. Position statements and problem instances can be submitted as short papers limited to 4 pages. Both regular and short papers should be formatted in pdf according to the ECAI 2016 style guide and submitted to the EasyChair system.
Each submission will be subject to peer review by at least two members of the program committee. Refereeing criteria are relevance to workshop topics, significance and novelty of the research, technical content, discussion of relationship to previous work, and clarity of presentation. A contribution submitted as a long paper may be accepted as a short paper, if the program committee considers it to be inadequate for a long paper but to present an important issue. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register at the workshop and to present the paper. The proceedings of the event will be edited with an ISBN code (the ISBN code will be provided).

Best paper awards

The 19th Configuration workshop 2017 offers two best paper awards:

  • Best Student Paper Award (applicable to PhD candidates and MSc, bachelor students)
  • Best Paper Award (applicable to all other participants).

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (to EasyChair, no more than 200 words): Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • Paper submission deadline: Thursday, May 18, 2017. Extented to Sunday, May 28, 2017
  • Notification of authors: Friday, June 16, 2017
  • Camera-ready papers due: Sunday, July 16, 2017
  • Registration and payment deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017
  • Workshop: Thursday & Friday, September 14 – 15, 2017

Local Organization and Registration

parvis1The 19th Configuration Workshop 2017 continues the series of successful workshops started at the AAAI’96 Fall Symposium and continued at IJCAI, AAAI, and ECAI conferences since 1999. Beside researchers from a variety of fields, past events also attracted a significant number of participants from industry (major configurator vendors such as Tacton, SAP, Oracle, Encoway, or IBM-ILOG, as well as from end-users Siemens, Renault, HP, or DaimlerChrysler).
In 2017, the Configuration Workshop will be a standalone event to be held in La Défense at IÉSEG School of Management from 14th to 15th September 2017. IÉSEG provides the workshop participants a list of its partner hotels with lower tariffs in Paris for accommodation (hotel list).

The registration fee for the Configuration Workshop 2017 is 160€.
This includes sessions for 2 days of workshop, coffee breaks, two lunches, and a dinner.
The payment needs to be made after your registration, via IÉSEG’s payment platform (you will receive a link by mail).

Previous Configuration Workshop

For detailed information about the previous Configuration Workshop held in Toulouse, France on 5th and 6th September 2016, visit the following website:

Workshop Committee

Workshop Chairs:
Linda Zhang, IÉSEG School of Management, France
Albert Haag, Albert Haag – Product Management R&D, Germany

Program Committee:
Michel Aldanondo, Mines Albi, France
Tomas Axling, Tacton Systems AB, Sweden
Andres Barco, Universidad de San Buenaventura-Cali, Colombia
Andreas Falkner, Siemens AG, Austria
Alexander Felfernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria
Cipriano Forza, Universita di Padova, Italy
Gerhard Friedrich, Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria
Albert Haag, Albert Haag – Product Management R&D, Germany
Alois Haselboeck, Siemens AG, Austria
Petri Helo, University of Vassa, Finland
Lothar Hotz, HITeC e.V. / University of Hamburg, Germany
Lars Hvam, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Dietmar Jannach, TU Dortmund, Germany
Thorsten Krebs, encoway GmbH, Germany
Katrin Kristjansdottir, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Yiliu Liu, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Anna Myrodia, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Brian Rodrigues, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Sara Safie, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Alfred Taudes, Vienna University of Economics & Business, Austria
Élise Vareilles, Mines Albi, France
Yue Wang, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
Linda Zhang, IÉSEG School of Management, France

Organizational Support:
Céline Le Suün, IÉSEG School of Management, France
Julie Meilox, IÉSEG School of Management, France