EURO working group on Preference Handling

EURO working group on Preference Handling
NameEURO working group on Preference Handling
Websitehttp://preferencehandling.free.fr/
Online newsletterPreference Handling News Blog: http://preferencehandling.free.fr/news/Headlines/Headlines.html
BoardRonen Brafman
Jan Chomicki
Vincent Conitzer
James Delgrande
Ulrich Junker
Werner Kiessling
Jerome Lang
Patrice Perny
Francesca Rossi
Alexis Tsoukias
Coordinator Ulrich Junker
uli.junker@free.fr
. . .
201, route des Clausonnes
06410 Biot
France
Phone: +33 9 53 80 78 61
Purpose and historyPreferences are a central concept of decision making and have extensively been studied in economics, operations research, and social sciences. In recent years, preferences have also become of increasing importance for human-centered computational systems. Computational methods for handling preferences are nowadays studied in fields such as artificial intelligence, data bases, and human-computer interaction in addition to the classic decision sciences. For example, preference models are needed in decision-support systems such as recommender systems, in automated problem solvers such as product configurators, or in autonomous systems such as Mars rovers. This extends the scope of classic decision support and adds new questions, methods, and applications to the handling of preferences. We understand preference handling as computational methods for the elicitation, representation, aggregation, and satisfaction of preferences for computational tasks.

Given the common interest in preferences, researchers from operations research, economics, artificial intelligence, data-base systems, and other fields first met on a Dagstuhl seminar in 2004 and continued meetings on multidisciplinary workshops on advances in preference handling each year since then. The meetings have been extremely successful and altogether attracted a very large number of researchers. This EURO Working Group attempts to give an official status to this community. Its purpose is to organize events on preference handling, to create visibility for this topic, and to ensure a good interaction with classic decision sciences. In particular, the Association of European Operational Research Societies has a long tradition in preference modelling and we are very happy to constitute a EURO Working Group on advances in preference handling.

This said, it is important to note that the community supporting this working group is multidisciplinary and international in nature and we believe that this diversity will provide interesting occasions for fruitful synergies.
MembersThe working group has about 70 members who have actively declared interest in participation. The recent events on preference handling have been the fruit of a community of over 300 people in different roles (participants, authors, reviewers, organizers) coming from operations research, artificial intelligence, data-base systems, and other fields. Since 2011, the group is also present in the LinkedIn social network, see http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4127468. The LinkedIn Group has about 400 members.
Past activities2004: Dagstuhl seminar 04271 on Preferences: Specification, Inference, Applications, June 2004 http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=04271
2005: 1st Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling at IJCAI-05 http://preferencehandling.free.fr/MPref05
2006: 2nd Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling at ECAI-06 http://www.mycosima.com/ecai2006-preferences/
2007: 3rd Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling at VLDB 2007 http://www.mycosima.com/vldb2007-preferences/
2008: 4th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling at AAAI 2008 http://preferencehandling.free.fr/MPref08
2009: 1st International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, Venice (Italy), Oct. 2009 http://events.math.unipd.it/adt2009/
2010: 5th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, Lisbon, Aug. 2010 http://preferencehandling.lip6.fr/welcome.html
2011: 2nd International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, DIMACS, Rutgers University, Oct. 2011 http://www.adt2011.org
2012: 6th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, Montpellier, Aug. 2012 http://mpref2012.lip6.fr/welcome.html
2013: 7th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, Beijing, Aug. 2013 http://ursaminor.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/mpref/mpref2013/welcome.html
3rd International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, Nov. 2013 http://cs.ulb.ac.be/conferences/adt2013/index.php
2014: 8th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, Quebec City, July 2014 http://ursaminor.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/mpref/mpref2014/welcome.html
2015: 9th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, Buenos Aires, July 2015 http://ursaminor.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/mpref/mpref2015/welcome.html
4th International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, Kentucky, USA, Sept. 2015 http://www.cs.uky.edu/~srsa224/ADT2015/index.htm
2016: 10th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, New York, USA, July 2016 http://www.mpref-2016.preflib.org
DA2PL'2016 (From Multiple Criteria Decision Aid to Preference Learning), Paderborn, Germany, Nov. 2016 https://homepages.uni-paderborn.de/kiudee/
2017: 5th International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, Luxembourg, October 2017 http://sma.uni.lu/adt2017/
Future activities11th Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Feb 3, 2018
PublicationsThe publications are reflecting the multidisciplinary and international nature of the working group:

AI Magazine, Vol 29, No 4, Winter 2008; Preferences http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/issue/view/184

Jan Chomicki, Vincent Conitzer, Ulrich Junker, and Patrice Perny: Advances in Preference Handling. Papers from the 2008 AAAI Workshop. Technical Report WS-08-09 https://aaai.org/Press/Reports/Workshops/ws-08-09.php

Francesca Rossi, Alexis Tsoukiàs: Algorithmic Decision Theory, First International Conference. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5783 Springer 2009 https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-04428-1

Ronen I. Brafman, Fred S. Roberts, Alexis Tsoukiàs: Algorithmic Decision Theory - Second International Conference. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6992 Springer 2011 https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-24873-3#section=971322&page=1

Patrice Perny, Marc Pirlot, Alexis Tsoukiàs: Algorithmic Decision Theory - Third International Conference. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8176, Springer 2013 https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-41575-3

Darius Braziunas, Markus Endres, K. Brent Venable, Paul Weng, Lirong Xia: Multidisciplinary Workshop on Advances in Preference Handling. Papers from the 2014 AAAI Workshop. Technical Report WS-14-10 https://aaai.org/Press/Reports/Workshops/ws-14-10.php

Toby Walsh: Algorithmic Decision Theory - 4th International Conference. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 9346, Springer 2015 https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-23114-3

Jörg Rothe: Algorithmic Decision Theory - 5th International Conference. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10576, Springer 2017 https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-67504-6

The Readings in Preference Handling web page lists further publications, see http://preferencehandling.free.fr/wg/Readings.html.
Year established2008
Last modification2017-12-12


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