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The Fifth Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA-2002)

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The Fifth International Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA-2002) was held from 2 to 4 August 2002 in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. This interdisciplinary conference brought together researchers from around the world to present recent progress on, and exchange ideas about, how abstraction, reformulation, and approximation techniques can be used in areas such as automatic programming, constraint satisfaction, design, diagnosis, machine learning, search, planning, reasoning, game playing, scheduling, and theorem proving.


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The symposium took place in July 2009 in Lake Arrowhead, California. Consequently, ARA techniques have been studied in various subfields in AI and related disciplines and have been used in various settings including automated reasoning, cognitive modeling, constraint programming, design, diagnosis, machine learning, model-based reasoning, planning, reasoning, scheduling, search, theorem proving, and intelligent tutoring. The considerable interest in ARA techniques and the great diversity of the researchers involved had led to work on ARA being presented at many different venues. Consequently, there was a need to have a single forum where researchers of different backgrounds and disciplines could discuss their work on ARA. As a result, the Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA) was established in 1994 after a series of workshops in 1988, 1990, and 1992.


SARA 2009: The Eighth Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation and Approximation

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The considerable interest in ARA techniques and the great diversity of the researchers involved had led to work on ARA being presented at many different venues. Consequently, there was a need to have a single forum where researchers of different backgrounds and disciplines could discuss their work on ARA. As a result, the Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA) was established in 1994 after a series of workshops in 1988, 1990, and 1992. The current SARA, held at Lake Arrowhead, California, USA, on July 7-10, 2009, is the eighth in this series, following symposia in 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2007. Following a SARA tradition, this symposium brought together researchers with different backgrounds and facilitated lively discussions during and after the talks. There were 30 researchers from North and South America, Europe, and Australia. Additionally, SARA attendees were able to mingle and have fruitful discussions with members of the collocated Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS). The collocation of SoCS was particularly useful in that many modern techniques in combinatorial search frequently utilize ARA methods. Finally, in addition to the regular and poster talks, there were three invited talks delivered by Jeff Orkin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Michael Genesereth (Stanford University), and Robert Holte (University of Alberta).


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Abstraction, reformulation, and approximation including some copresented at the Symposium (ARA) techniques are deemed crucial in the on Combinatorial Search (SoCS), which was ability of humans to reason about complex and collocated with SARA this year.


The Fifth Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA-2002)

AI Magazine

The Fifth International Symposium on Abstraction, Reformulation, and Approximation (SARA-2002) was held from 2 to 4 August 2002 in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. This interdisciplinary conference brought together researchers from around the world to present recent progress on, and exchange ideas about, how abstraction, reformulation, and approximation techniques can be used in areas such as automatic programming, constraint satisfaction, design, diagnosis, machine learning, search, planning, reasoning, game playing, scheduling, and theorem proving.