Welcome to
      CoProD 2019

June 17, 2019 -- Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

CoProD'19 is the twelth edition of CoProD. It will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, co-located with NAFIPS 2019 (June 18 to 22).

Constraint programming techniques are important components of intelligent systems. They constitute a declarative and efficient methodology to represent and solve many practical problems. They have been applied successfully to a number of fields, such as scheduling of air traffic, software engineering, networks security, chemistry, and biology. Despite the proved usefulness of these techniques, they are still under-utilized in real-life applications. One reason is the perceived lack of effective communication between constraint programming experts and domain practitioners about constraints, in general, and their use in decision making, in particular.

Objectives of CoProD:

  • To present advances in constraint solving, optimization, and related topics;
  • To develop a network of researchers interested in constraint techniques, in particular researchers and practitioners that use numeric and symbolic approaches (or a combination of them) to solve constraint and optimization problems;
  • To address the gap between the great capacity of these techniques and their limited use.

CoProD aims at encouraging presentation and discussion of on-going work. In particular, please note that there is room for presentation of ideas, as opposed to results only. It also aims at facilitating networking opportunities as well as cross-fertilization between the approaches used in the different attending communities. Therefore, besides active researchers in decision making and constraint programming techniques, we expect to have a wide attendance and participation of domain scientists - whose input is highly valued in this workshop.

Invited Speakers and Program:

The workshop is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. with on-site registration until 4:30 p.m.. The detailed schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00 a.m.: Registration & Welcome
  • 9:30 a.m.: Julien Alexandre dit Sandretto and Alexandre Chapoutot,
    “Logical differential constraints based on interval Boolean tests”
  • 9:55 a.m.: Questions and discussion
  • 10:00 a.m.: Thomas Luke McCulloch,
    “Constraint Programming Enabled Automated Ship Hull Geometric Design”
  • 10:25 a.m.: Questions and discussion
  • 10:30 a.m.: Leobardo Valera, Martine Ceberio, and Vladik Kreinovich,
    “Derivation of Louisville-Bratu-Gelfand Equation from Shift- or Scale-Invariance”
  • 10:55 a.m.: Questions and discussion
  • 11:00 a.m.: Juan Carlos Figueroa Garcia, Carlos Franco, and Vladik Kreinovich,
    “Fuzzy Approach to Optimal Placement of Health Centers”
  • 11:25 a.m.: Questions and discussion
  • 11:30 a.m.: Martine Ceberio, Olga Kosheleva, and Vladik Kreinovich,
    “Can We Improve the Standard Algorithm of Interval Computation by Taking Almost Monotonicity into Account?”
  • 11:55 a.m.: Questions and discussion
  • 12:00 p.m.: Christian Ayub, Martine Ceberio, and Vladik Kreinovich,
    “How Quantum Computing Can Help With (Continuous) Optimization”
  • 12:25 p.m.: Questions and discussion
  • 12:30 p.m.: General Discussion and End of Workshop

The previous editions of CoProD featured invited talks by highly recognized experts:

  • Purushotham Bangalore, CIS department, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Martin Berz, Michigan State University, USA
  • Stefano Bistarelli, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Alessandro Dal Palu, University of Parma, Italy
  • Rina Dechter, Information and Computer Sciences, University of California Irvine
  • Scott Ferson, Applied Bioinformatics, New York, USA
  • Juan Carlos Figueroa, Universidad Distrital de Bogota, Colombia
  • Patty Hough, Sandia National Lab, Livermore CA
  • Luc Jaulin, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques Avancees (ENSTA) Bretagne, France
  • Kyoko Makino, Michigan State University, USA
  • Francois Modave, Texas Tech Health Center, El Paso
  • Tiago Oliveira, National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo, Japan
  • Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • James Raynolds, College of Nanoscale and Engineering, SUNY Albany
  • Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo, Japan
  • Bart Selman, CS department, Cornell University
  • Yaroslav D. Sergeyev, Università della Calabria, Italy
  • Sergey Shary, Novosibirsk State University
  • Young Jun Son, The University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Xiaobai Sun, Duke University
  • Alfredo Vaccaro, University of Sannio, Department of Engineering, Benevento, Italy
  • Leticia Velazquez, The University of Texas at El Paso

Participation / Submission:

Participation is encouraged from people doing research in the area of decision making as well as from domain scientists. Submissions of ideas are also encouraged.

Submissions are expected in the form of extended abstracts of at least 2 pages and no more than 5 pages (in general, closer to 2 pages for ideas, to 5 pages for results). Regarding format, please follow the NAFIPS 2019 conference instructions (template) when submitting your paper.

The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to participate and present their work at the workshop.

Proceedings / Publication:

A book of abstracts will be made available to each registered participant.
After the workshop, the program committee will invite the authors to submit a full article version of their work to be published (after a review process) in a Springer book series.

Important dates:

February 8th:abstract submission
March 8th:notification of acceptance
April 1st: camera-ready copy of abstracts due
June 17th:workshop in Lafayette, Louisiana


Organizers:Martine Ceberio, the University of Texas at El Paso, mceberio / utep -o- edu
Vladik Kreinovich, the University of Texas at El Paso, vladik / utep -o- edu


Wyndham Garden Inn in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

Contact Info

Martine Ceberio and Vladik Kreinovich
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University
El Paso, TX 79968-0518
mceberio / utep -o- edu, vladik / utep -o- edu

Important Dates

  • February 8th: abstract submission
  • March 8th: notification of acceptance
  • April 1st: camera-ready abstracts due
  • June 17th: workshop


  • Martine Ceberio
  • Vladik Kreinovich

Contact Information

Martine Ceberio
Department of Computer Science
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University
El Paso, TX 79968-0518
mceberio (at) utep (dot) edu