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In this year, specific topics are in the focus:

  1. Going beyond hardware configuration, i.e. software configuration, service configuration, or model transformation
  2. Best practices used in enterprises to design, implement and apply configuration systems in management, manufacturing, etc.
  3. Technical solutions for obtaining configuration models, i.e. integration of existing ontologies, learning configuration models, extracting parts of configuration knowledge from existing data, like databases or product data management systems, or knowledge acquisition methods.

The topics of the workshop shall include the following areas:

  • Configuration problems and models: structure of configuration problems, knowledge representation, fuzzy and incomplete knowledge, knowledge base verification, validation and diagnosis, standardization of catalog exchange formats, configuration problems, including discrete, continuous and mixed constraints; product and process configuration; product design and configuration.
  • Techniques for obtaining and/or maintenance of configuration models: knowledge acquisition methods, cognitive approaches, machine learning, data extraction methods, ontology integration, reconciliation of knowledge bases, knowledge elicitation.
  • 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.
  • Interactivity and e-business: personalization, ontology, intelligent man machine interaction, machine learning, client/server architecture, configuration web service, distributed configuration, configuration process modeling.
  • Applications and tools: configuration tools, design tools, application reports, case studies, real-world challenges, test environments for configuration knowledge bases, configuration in related fields like software configuration, service composition, Model-Driven Engineering (MDE), Model Transformation, Model Satisfaction and Test Case generation for component-based software construction.