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CP Doctoral Program


The proceedings of the doctoral program can be found here.


Monday, 31st August 2015
8:50 - 9:00 Welcome and Introduction David Bergman, Marie Pelleau
Chair: André Augusto Cire
9:00 - 9:15 Soft Constraints for Self-organizing Systems Alexander Schiendorfer
9:15 - 9:30 Flow and energy based satisfiability tests for the Continuous Energy-Constrained Scheduling Problem with concave piecewise linear functions Margaux Nattaf
9:30 - 9:45 Guarantee Global Deterministic Optimization and Constraint Programming for Complex Dynamical Problems Hugo Joudrier
9:45 - 10:00 Alternative filtering for the weighted circuit constraint Sylvain Ducomman
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:20 Invited Talk: "How to be a Ph.D. Student" Eugene Freuder
11:25 - 12:00 5-minute presentations from students with CP papers Edward Lam, Andrea Borghesi, Nicolas Briot, Ciaran McCreesh, Frédéric Simard, Renaud Hartert, Ferdinando Fioretto
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:20 Invited Talk: "How to deal with unconventional CP applications?"
Charlotte Truchet
14:35 - 15:00 5-minute presentations from students with CP papers Mirko Stojadinović, Gabriel Hjort Blindell, Shufeng Kong, Maxim Shishmarev, Kuldeep Meel, Sascha Van Cauwelaert, Cyrille Dejemeppe
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
Chair: David Bergman
15:30 - 15:45 A lot-sizing global constraint Grigori German
15:45 - 16:00 Solving the meta-problem for two tractable classes of CSP Clément Carbonnel
16:00 - 16:15 The Task Intersection Constraint Gilles Madi Wamba
16:15 - 16:30 Progressive Hedging Applied in Stochastic Constraint Programming David Hemmi
16:30 - 16:45 Exact methods for the minimum sum coloring problem Clément Lecat
16:45 - 17:00 Implied Constraints for Automaton Constraints Maria Andreina Francisco
17:00 - 17:15 Bounds Consistency for Abstract Domains Joseph Scott
17:00 - 17:15 Final Information and End
19:00 Doctoral Dinner


Doctoral Dinner

On Monday 31st August at 7 p.m. It will be at the Aroi Asian Street Food, at 7 Carey's Lane.

There is a walking group leaving from the Western Gateway Building at 6.30 p.m.


Deadline extension to Wednesday 17 June 2015

Call for Papers

As part of the 21st International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP 2015), we are inviting PhD and MSc students to apply for the Doctoral Programme (DP). The DP is an opportunity for students to meet each other as well as researchers and practitioners in the field. The spirit of the DP is that every interested student whose work is within the scope of the conference should be admitted.


Participation in the DP will involve:

  • Training to the reviewing process.

  • Presentation of the student work via both talk and poster.

  • Discussions with a mentor with similar research interests.

Financial Support

There are funds available to support some of the students participating in the DP. The financial support usually only covers conference registration, and will be assigned with regard to mainly the financial need of a student, as indicated in a request by an advisor, and then by the quality of the submitted paper, as measured by the review process of the DP. A request for financial support should be sent by Monday 15 June 2015 to by an advisor, detailing:

  • the advisor's support of the student's application; this should include a confirmation that the DP submission or a paper accepted at CP 2015 is primarily the student's work;

  • which years the student has previously been to the DP and/or received financial support;

  • the funding available for the student’s travel, accommodation, and registration, and the reason for requesting financial support.

It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the advisor’s request is submitted by the deadline.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: Monday 15 June 2015 Wednesday 17 June 2015

  • Financial support request deadline: Monday 15 June 2015 Wednesday 17 June 2015

  • Notification: Monday 6 July 2015 Saturday 11 July 2015

  • Camera-ready version deadline: Monday 18 July 2015

  • Doctoral Programme: Monday 31 August 2015


The DP is open to all PhD and outstanding MSc students involved in Constraint Programming or related fields at any level. The submitted paper should contain work that is primarily the work of the student. It can either be completed or work in progress. It can also be a summary of a formally published recent paper on the student’s work.

Submission Details

Applicants are required to submit a short paper (from 4 to 8 pages, excluding references) in the Springer LNCS style, and the author list should specify who is the student and who are the advisors and other co-authors. Submissions are required to be in PDF format.


All proposals should be submitted online through EasyChair- by selecting 'New Submission' at


Students with full or short papers accepted at the CP 2015 conference, including technical track, application track, and published-journal-paper track papers, who wish to participate in the DP do not need to submit a separate paper for the DP. Instead, such students should email the DP chairs at expressing their interest. This email should also include the paper title, abstract, author list (formatted as specified above), and the identifier that the accepted paper was given by EasyChair.

Training to the Reviewing Process

This year, the students submitting papers to the DP will participate in a training to the reviewing process.  Each of the students will be assigned a submitted paper to review. The process will follow the same rules as conferences, but the reviews submitted by the students will be independent from the DP reviews received from other reviewers and will have no impact on the final acceptance or financial support decision.

Doctoral Programme Chairs

Invited Speakers

We are delighted to announce the speakers at the Doctoral Programme:

Program Committee