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Configuration Workshop

Program (free access to Proceedings ISBN: 979-10-91526-04-3)

September 5, 2016
Chair: Thorsten Krebs
B104 - Bosco building
  • Hélène Fargier, Pierre-François Gimenez and Jérôme Mengin.
    Recommendation for product configuration: an experimental evaluation.
  • Gerhard Leitner, Alexander Felfernig, Seda Polat Erdeniz, Arda Akcay, Anthon Fercher, Klaus Isak and Michael Jeran.
    Recommending and Configuring Smart Home Installations.
September 5, 2016
Cafeteria - Lascrosses building
  • Coffee Break
September 5, 2016
Chair: Cipriano Forza
B104 - Bosco building
  • Sylla Abdourahim, Élise Vareilles, Michel Aldanondo, Thierry Coudert, Laurent Geneste and Paul Pitiot.
    Concurrent configuration of product and process : moving towards ETO and dealing with uncertainties.
  • Chiara Grosso, Cipriano Forza and Alessio Trentin.
    Assessing configurator user need for social interation during the product configuration process.
  • Katrin Kristjansdottir, Sara Shafiee, Martin Bonev, Lars Hvam, Morten Hugo Bennick and Christian S. Andersen.
    Improving Performance and Quality of Configuration Systems by Receiving Real-Time Information from Suppliers.
September 5, 2016
Cafeteria - Lascrosses building
  • Lunch Break
September 5, 2016
Chair: Alexander Felfernig
B104 - Bosco building
  • Richard Taupe, Andreas Falkner and Gottfried Schenner.
    Reasoning about Component Cardinalities for Product Configuration.
  • Michael Barry and René Schumann.
    Automatic Configuration of Hybrid Mathematical Models.
  • Erich Teppan.
    Solving the Partner Units Configuration Problem with Heuristic Constraint Answer Set Programming.
September 5, 2016
Cafeteria - Lascrosses building
  • Coffee Break
September 5, 2016
Chair: Michel Aldanondo
B104 - Bosco building
  • Alexander Felfernig, Müslüm Atas, Trang Tran and Martin Stettinger.
    Towards Group-Based Configuration.
  • Alexander Felfernig, Seda Polat Erdeniz, Arda Akcay, Paolo Azzoni and Charalampos Doukas.
    Towards Configuration Technologies for IoT Gateway.
  • Thorsten Krebs and Aleksander Lubarski.
    Towards Modularization and Configuration of Services – Current Challenges and Difficulties.
  • Linda Zhang and Xiaoyu Chen.
    Determining new components for open configuration.
  • Discussion.
September 5, 2016
Restaurant "7 place Saint Sernin".
  • Configuration Workshop Dinner
September 6, 2016
Chair: Andreas Falkner
B104 - Bosco building
  • Paul Pitiot, Luis Ignacio Garcés Monge, Élise Vareilles and Michel Aldanondo.
    Benchmark for configuration and planning optimization problems: Proposition of a generic model
  • Yibo Wang and Lothar Hotz.
    Optimal Feature Selection via Evolutionary Algorithms and Constraint Solving.
September 6, 2016
Cafeteria - Lascrosses building
  • Coffee Break
September 6, 2016
Chair: Caroline Becker
B104 - Bosco building
  • Andrés Felipe Barco Santa, Élise Vareilles, Michel Aldanondo and Philippe Chantry.
    Interactive Configuration of Insulating Envelopes.
  • Alexander Felfernig, Amal Shehadeh, Christian Guetl, Michael Jeran, Trang Tran, Müslüm Atas, Seda Polat Erdeniz, Martin Stettinger, Arda Akcay and Stefan Reiterer.
    StudyBattles: A Learning Environment for Knowledge-based Configuration.
  • Marcel Tiepelt and Tilak Raj Singh.
    Pre-production vehicle planning using Max-SAT framework.
  • Best Paper Award and Configuration Workshop Conclusion.

Aims and Scope

The 2016 Configuration Workshop continues the series of successful workshops started at the AAAI’96 Fall Symposium and continued at IJCAI, AAAI, and ECAI conferences since 1999 (see previous workshops 2015, 2014 and 2013, and connections: Knowledge Based Configuration). Beside researchers from a variety of fields, past events also attracted a significant number of participants from industry (major configurator vendors such as Pros, Tacton, SAP, Oracle, Encoway, or IBM-ILOG, as well as end-users from Siemens, Renault, HP, or DaimlerChrysler).

Every year, around 30 people (from all around the world) attend this workshop and more than 15 papers of good quality are accepted. This workshop has its own proceedings with an ISBN number and its own gala dinner. This year, the gala dinner takes place at "7 place Saint Sernin", Toulouse.

Topics (not limited to)

  1. Configuration Problems and Models

    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. Applications and Tools

    Configuration tools, design tools, application reports, case studies, real-world challenges, test environments for configuration knowledge bases, configuration in related fields such as software configuration, service composition, and model-driven engineering, environments for feature model development and maintenance.

Important Dates (strict deadlines)

  • April 2016
  • Abstract submission

    April 15, 2016

  • June 2016
  • Paper submission

    June 20, 2016

    Submitted papers must be formatted according to the camera-ready style for ECAI 2016 and submitted electronically in PDF format through EasyChair.

  • July 2016
  • Notification of authors

    July 8, 2016

  • Camera-ready paper due

    July 20, 2016

  • September 2016
  • Configuration Workshop

    September 5-6, 2016

Paper Submission

Full papers are allowed 8 pages. Position statements and problem instances can be submitted as short papers limited to 4 pages.

Submitted papers must be formatted according to the camera-ready style for ECAI 2016 and submitted electronically in PDF format through EasyChair.

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 are edited with ISBN: 979-10-91526-04-3.


  • Élise Vareilles, Mines Albi, France
  • Lars Hvam, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Cipriano Forza, University of Padova, Italy
  • Caroline Becker, PROS Toulouse, France

Program Committee

  • Michel Aldanondo, Mines Albi, France
  • Andres Barco, Mines Albi, France
  • Caroline Becker, PROS, France
  • Jean-Guillaume Fages, COSLING S.A.S., France
  • Andreas Falkner, Siemens AG, Austria
  • Hélène Fargier, IRIT, Université de Toulouse, France
  • Alexander Felfernig, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Cipriano Forza, Universita di Padova, Italy
  • Gerhard Friedrich, Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Paul Gaborit, Mines Albi, France
  • Luis Garcés, Mines Albi, France
  • Chiara Grosso, Universita di Padova, Italy
  • Albert Haag, SAP SE, Germany
  • Alois Haselboeck, Siemens AG, Austria
  • Lothar Hotz, HITeC e.V. / University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Lars Hvam, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Dietmar Jannach, TU Dortmund, Germany
  • Manuel Korell, Finja AB / Achoice, Denmark
  • Thorsten Krebs, encoway GmbH, Germany
  • Katrin Kristjansdottir, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Matthieu Lauras, Mines Albi, France
  • Sara Shafiee, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Abdourahim Sylla, Mines Albi, France
  • Juha Tiihonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Élise Vareilles, Mines Albi, France
  • Markus Zanker, Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Linda Zhang, IESEG School of Management, France


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