Distributed Constraint Reasoning:

Distributed Constraint Reasoning (DCR) problems arise when pieces of information about variables, constraints or both are relevant to independent but communicating agents. They provide a promising framework to deal with the increasingly diverse range of distributed real world problems emerging from the evolution of computation and communication technologies.

The new challenges posed by solving Distributed Constraint Reasoning Problems include dealing with resource restrictions (such as limits on time and communication), privacy requirements, exploiting opportunities for cooperation, and designing conflict resolution strategies.

Due to the technical advances in multi-agent systems, DCR has become a technology that fits many real applications. This workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers to continue progress towards a common understanding and framework in which the approach can be developed and brought into practice.



The DCR Workshop

Scientific issues to be discussed at the workshop include:

  • Unified frameworks for distributed constraint reasoning
  • Algorithms for solving distributed constraint reasoning problems
  • Privacy issues in distributed constraint reasoning
  • Problem solving in systems with self-interested agents
  • Negotiation among self-interested agents
  • Distributed constraint propagation and consistency
  • Generation and formulation/modeling of distributed constraint reasoning
  • Applications of distributed constraint reasoning


Each paper will is reviewed by at least two PC members. Reviewers rate the papers based on their novelty, importance, relevance to the workshop and technical merit. Since this workshop is meant as a forum to discuss novel work with one's peers, preliminary work that appears very promising will also be considered for acceptance.

Workshop Format
At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop. The workshop will emphasize group discussion so presentations will be balanced with discussion time. Proposals for panels/discussion groups during the workshop are welcome.
Workshop Attendance
The workshop is open to all members of the AI community but the number of participants is strictly limited to 75 participants.