Advances in Preference Handling

Multidisciplinary Working Group affiliated to EURO

This blog summarizes events related to preference handling.

The eleventh multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling has been held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on February 3, 2018, in conjunction with AAAI 2018. It has been organized by Markus Endres, Nicholas Mattei, Andreas Pfandler, and K. Brent Venable. The program consisted of sixteen presentation and a panel discussion about the future of preference research. The topics of the papers included preferences in matching, markets, and games, applications of preferences, voting & preferences, preference models, preference reasoning, and preference learning.

The Fifth International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory has been held on October 25 - 27, 2017 in Luxembourg and has been organized by Raymond Bisdorff (conference chair) and Jörg Rothe (program chair). The conference provided a multi-disciplinary forum to discuss algorithmic challenges of modern decision support system. The twenty-five papers covered topics such as preferences and multi-criteria decision aiding, decision making and voting, game theory and decision theory, and allocation and matching. Three invited talks provided interesting insights into novel paradigms for mechanism design, decision making in presence of the Internet of Things, and deceased organ matching. The conference furthermore included a poster session, an excellent banquet, and was preceded by a doctoral consortium. The conference proceedings have been published as Volume 10576 of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

The tenth multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling has been held in New York, USA during July 9, 2016, in conjunction with IJCAI 2016. The workshop organizers have been Markus Endres, Nicholas Mattei, and Andreas Pfandler. The program consisted of an invited talk and eleven presentations, covering topics such as voting theory, mechanism design, preference aggregation, preference elicitation, preference representation, and moral preferences.

ADT 2015

The Fourth International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory has been held on September 27 - 30, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky (USA) and organized by Judy Goldsmith (conference chair) and Toby Walsh (program chair). In addition to preferences in reasoning and decision making, the conference covered algorithmic challenges to modern decision support and automation, uncertainty and robustness in decision making, multi-criteria decision analysis and optimization, collective decision making, decision-theoretic artificial intelligence, and machine learning and knowledge extraction for decision support. The conference accepted submissions for proceedings which have been published as a volume of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series as well as submissions without proceedings that are published elsewhere. ADT 2015 has been co-located with the 13th International Conference on Logic Programming and Nonmonotonic Reasoning LPNMR 2015. Lexington is situated in the Bluegrass region and known for horse races, basketball, and Bourbon. The conference proceedings have been published as Volume 9346 of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

The ninth multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling has been organized by Darius Braziunas, Markus Endres, K. Brent Venable, Paul Weng, and Lirong Xia in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 27, 2015, in conjunction with IJCAI 2015. The workshop has been held jointly with the workshop on intelligent personalization. The combined program featured two invited talks and fourteen presentations. The talks related to preference handling covered topics such as preference elicitation, conditional preferences, and preferences in data-bases.

The eighth multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling has been held in Quebec City, Canada on July 28, 2014, in conjunction with AAAI 2014. The workshop organizers have been Darius Braziunas, Markus Endres, K. Brent Venable, Paul Weng, and Lirong Xia. The program included an invited talk and sixteen presentations about conditional and constraint-based preferences, preference reasoning, voting, and preference modeling and languages. The workshop proceedings are available as AAAI Technical Report WS-14-10. A report about the workshop is included in the AAAI 2014 Workshop Reports published in AI Magazine, Vol. 36, No 1.

The Third International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory has been held on November 13 - 15, 2013 at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. The conference has been organized by Marc Pirlot, Yves De Smet, Patrice Perny, Alexis Tsoukiàs, and Paolo Viappiani. The program included four invited talks, thirty regular talks, and a poster session. The conference covered topics such as social choice, voting, preferences, multiobjective optimisation, preference learning, decision under uncertainty and risk, and multicriteria decision aid. The conference proceedings have been published as Volume 8176 of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series. This volume includes twenty-four of the presented papers and the ten papers of the poster session. Six of the presented papers have already been published elsewhere and have not been included in the proceedings.

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The seventh multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling has been organized by Markus Endres, Souhila Kaci, Kristen Brent Venable and Paolo Viappiani. It had been held in Beijing, China on August 4, 2013, in conjunction with IJCAI 2013. The program featured an invited talk and fourteen papers, covering topics such as conditional preferences, preference learning, game theory, voting theory, and combinatorial auctions.

The sixth multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling had been organized by Nicolas Maudet, K. Brent Venable, and Paolo Viappiani. It had been held in Montpellier, France on August 27, 2012, in conjunction with ECAI 2012. The program consisted of an invited talk about preference representation languages and fourteen presentations of papers about topics such as voting and manipulation, voting and resource allocation, applications of preferences, recommendation and explanations, and preference languages and formalisms. 

ADT 2011

The Second International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory had been held on October 26 - 28, 2011 at DIMACS, Rutgers University. It had been organized by Ronen Brafman, Fred S. Roberts, and Alexis Tsoukiàs. The program included twenty-four papers, several invited talks, and two invited tutorials. The topics covered computational social choice, uncertainty in decision making, multi-criteria decision making, preference modeling, preference learning, game theory, and explanation generation for decision making. The proceedings have been published by Springer-Verlag as Volume 6992 of the Lecture Notes of Computer Science.

 

The fifth multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling had been held on August 16, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, in conjunction with ECAI 2010. The workshop had been organized by Ulrich Junker, Jérôme Lang, and Patrice Perny, The program consisted of fourteen papers about topics such as hybrid preference representations, preference aggregation and voting, preferences and social networks, preference-based data retrieval, optimization under preferences, and application of preferences in recommender systems, multi-agent systems, and access-control systems.

ADT 2009

The First International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory had been organized by Francesca Rossi and Alexis Tsoukiàs and had been held on October 20 - 23, 2009 in Venice, Italy. It provided an interdisciplinary forum for uncertainty and robustness in decision making, preferences in reasoning and decision, decision-theoretic artificial intelligence, and learning and knowledge extraction. It was organized by the COST Action IC0602 and the EURO Working Group on Preferences. The proceedings have been published by Springer-Verlag as Volume 5783 of the Lecture Notes of Computer Science.

The fourth multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling had been held on July 13 - 14, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with AAAI 2008. The workshop organizers had been Jan Chomicki, Vincent Conitzer, Ulrich Junker, and Patrice Perny. The workshop proceedings are available as AAAI Technical Report WS-08-09. Twenty-four papers covered methods for modeling, representation, aggregation, elicitation, learning, and management of preferences and for reasoning and computation with preferences. The papers studied the usage of preferences in computational tasks from decision making, database querying, web search, personalized human-computer interaction, personalized recommender systems, e-commerce, multi-agent systems, game theory, social choice, combinatorial optimization, and planning. The workshop program furthermore included an invited talk about preference elicitation, a panel discussion about preferences and game theory, and a poster session. A report about the workshop is included in the AAAI 2008 Workshop Reports published in AI Magazine, Vol. 30, No 1.

The third multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling had been organized by Jim Delgrande and Werner Kießling. It had been held on September 23, 2007 in Vienna, Austria in conjunction with VLDB 2007. The workshop program included an invited talk on “Quantum Computing, Database Search and Preferences” and fourteen presentations on topics such as preference queries, preference modeling, preference representation, and preferences in logic programming.

The workshop on preference handling for artificial intelligence had been held on July 22, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in conjunction with AAAI-07, organized by Jon Doyle, Judy Goldsmith, Ulrich Junker, and Jérôme Lang. The workshop proceedings are available as AAAI Technical Report WS-07-10. The fourteen papers apply preferences to AI problems such as e-commerce, auctions, intelligent assistance, winner determination in majority voting, game theory, search for solving combinatorial problems, configuration, meeting scheduling, geographic map generation, peer-to-peer networks, and conference paper assignment. The papers address questions concerning the elicitation, learning, representation of preferences, and optimization under preferences. A report about the workshop is included in the AAAI 2007 Workshop Reports published in AI Magazine, Vol. 28, No 4. The workshop provided the basis for the special issue of the AI Magazine on preferences, volume 29, No 4, Winter 2008.

The second multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preferences handling had been held on August 28 - 29, 2006 in Riva del Garda, Italy in conjunction with ECAI 2006. It had been organized by Ulrich Junker and Werner Kießling. The workshop proceedings include the papers of the twenty-one presentations, which cover topics such as preference elicitation, preference representation, preference aggregation, voting theory, multi-criteria optimization, data-base queries, and applications of preferences in areas such as mechanism design, planning and reasoning about actions, and recommender systems. A detailed report about the workshop can be found in the first issue of the  MCDM Newsletter, 2007.

This first multidisciplinary workshop on advances in preference handling had been held on July 31 - August 1, 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland in conjunction with IJCAI-05. The workshop organizers had been Ronen Brafman and Ulrich Junker. The workshop program included thirty-four presentations on topics such as preference elicitation, logical and graphical preference representations, preference aggregation, and applications of preferences to AI planning and constraint programming. The workshop was accompanied by a tutorial on preference models and applications given on July 30.

The Dagstuhl Seminar 04271 on “Preferences: Specification, Inference, Applications” attracted researchers from artificial intelligence, databases, decision sciences, mathematics, and philosophy who are all interested in computational methods for preference handling. The seminar had been organized by Gianni Bosi, Ronen Brafman, Jan Chomicki, and Werner Kießling. It had been held on June 27 - July 2, 2004 in Dagstuhl. The program has been very broad, covering topics such as preference modeling, utility theory, preference representations, preference aggregation, social choice theory, preference queries in data-bases, constraints and preferences, preferences in logic programming, and preference elicitation. The proceedings include the abstracts of the presentations as well as a collection of full papers. The event served as an incubator of the workshop series on advances in preference handling.

The workshop on preferences in artificial intelligence and constraint programming had been organized by Jim Delgrande, Jon Doyle, Ulrich Junker, Francesca Rossi, and Torsten Schaub. It had been held on July 28 - 29, 2002 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in conjunction with AAAI-02. The workshop proceedings are available as AAAI Technical Report WS-02-13. The workshop program consisted of an invited talk on “Preferences: Some Problems and Prospects” and sixteen presentations on topics such as preferences and soft constraints, logical approaches to preferences, preferences and agents, decision theory, and preference elicitation. A report about the workshop is included in the AAAI 2002 Workshop Reports published in AI Magazine, Vol. 23, No 4. The workshop provided the basis for the special issue of Computational Intelligence on preferences, volume 20, number 2, 2004.