SoCS 2014
Call For Papers

Important Links
Paper Submission (EasyChair)

Related Conferences

Past SoCS Conferences
2013 Leavenworth, WA
2012 Niagara Falls, Canada
2011 Barcelona, Spain
2010 Atlanta, GA
2009 Lake Arrowhead, CA
2008 Chicago, IL

SoCS 2014: The Seventh Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search


SoCS 2014 is the seventh installment of the International Symposium on Combinatorial Search. Heuristic search and other forms of combinatorial search are currently very active areas of research in artificial intelligence, planning, robotics, constraint programming, operations research, bioinformatics, and other areas of computer science. SoCS is meant to bring researchers from these areas together to exchange their ideas and cross-fertilize the field.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Special Scope This Year: Big Data Search

Previous SoCS events have provided a special focus on graph search engineering (2013), grid-based path planning (2012), search in robotics (2011), and automated planning (2010). This year, SoCS specifically invites submissions from researchers in the big data community and related areas that work on large-sized problems and other combinatorial search problems that fit the scope of SoCS.

In the past, a large part of the audience of SoCS has had an AI background, and SoCS has traditionally collocated with the AAAI and IJCAI conferences. In 2014, SoCS will be collocated with the ECAI'14 conference

Paper Submission

We encourage researchers to submit two categories of papers to the symposium: original papers and recently published papers from other venues.

Papers related to the special scope of this year's symposium are welcome in both categories.

SoCS papers should be submitted to EasyChair.

All submissions must be formatted in AAAI style .

SoCS 2014 is held in cooperation with AAAI and has formal archival proceedings published by AAAI Press.

Requirements for Original Papers

Original papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. SoCS 2014 will follow a double-blind review process for original papers, and hence authors of original papers are required to omit author information from their submissions and anonymize obvious self-references. Non-anonymous submissions may be rejected without review.

Original papers can be submitted as full papers or research abstracts:

Requirements for Previously Published Papers

Previously published papers will undergo a light reviewing process in order to ensure that they are of interest to the SoCS community and that the optional extended abstract (see below) meets the required quality standards. Because they are already published, these papers cannot be submitted anonymously.

Previously published papers are submitted via the conference's EasyChair submission site just like original papers. Please fill in the original title and a complete and meaningful abstract. The abstract should mention the venue at which the paper was previously published if this is not obvious from the paper itself.

Previously published papers may be submitted with or without an original extended abstract. Extended abstracts may be up to 2 pages in length including references. We emphasize that this is an upper limit. A minimal abstract of less than one column is perfectly acceptable.

In EasyChair, please submit the extended abstract as the "paper" and the originally published paper as the "attachment". If you do not wish to publish an extended abstract, please upload this dummy PDF file as the "paper" because EasyChair does not allow uploading an attachment without a paper.

If the paper is accepted for presentation at the symposium, the extended abstract (if one was submitted) will be included in the SoCS 2014 proceedings. The paper itself will not be reprinted in the proceedings.

Travel Support for Students

SoCS is a student-friendly event. We strongly encourage students to attend.

Students who have a submission accepted for the SoCS program can apply for travel support by contacting the conference chairs. Details about the application process will be sent to all authors by email.

A Special Offer from AAAI

SoCS is pleased to acknowledge its cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Of special interest to conference attendees is an introductory membership offer from AAAI, which provides a complimentary 1-year online membership to conference participants who are new to AAAI. Please send a message to for further details.

Dates and Location

SoCS will be collocated with the ECAI'14 conference and will take place in the Hotel NH Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. The symposium will start with welcome drink and dinner on the evening of August 15 and will finish in the late afternoon of August 17.

The participants will be given instructions how to get to the ECAI venue, but no transport will be organized (there is a direct connection by subway).

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: May 10, 2014, 11:59PM UTC-12
Paper submission deadline: May 15, 2014, 11:59PM UTC-12
Notification: June 17, 2014
Early registration deadline: June 22, 2014
Camera-ready papers due: June 30, 2014
Late registration deadline: July 30, 2014
SoCS conference: August 15-17, 2014 (technical program: August 16-17)

Conference Chairs:

Stefan Edelkamp, University of Bremen, Germany
Roman Bartak, Charles University, Czech Republic


Program Committee

A list with all program committee members is available here.