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Call for Papers

The Call for Papers of ICLP 2008 is now available at these links:

ICLP 2008 Call for Papers html version

ICLP 2008 Call for Papers pdf version



24th International Conference on Logic Programming
Udine, Italy, December 9th-13th, 2008


Since the first conference held in Marseilles in 1982, ICLP has been the premier international conference for presenting research in logic programming. Contributions are sought in all areas of logic programming including but not restricted to:

  • Theory: Semantic Foundations, Formalisms, Nonmonotonic Reasoning, Knowledge Representation.
  • Implementation: Compilation, Memory Management, Virtual Machines, Parallelism.
  • Environments: Program Analysis, Program Transformation, Validation and Verification, Debugging, Profiling, Integration.
  • Language Issues: Extensions, Integration with Other Paradigms, Concurrency, Modularity, Objects, Coordination, Mobility, Higher Order, Types, Modes, Programming Techniques.
  • Related Paradigms: Abductive Logic Programming, Inductive Logic Programming, Constraint Logic Programming, Answer-Set Programming.
  • Applications: Databases, Data Integration and Federation, Software Engineering, Natural Language Processing, Web and Semantic Web, Agents, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics.

The three broad categories for submissions are:

  1. Technical papers, providing novel research contributions, innovative perspectives on the field, and/or novel integrations across different areas;
  2. Application papers, describing innovative uses of logic programming technology in real-world application domains;
  3. Posters, ideal for presenting and discussing current work, not yet ready for publication, for PhD thesis summaries and research project overviews.

A separate session dedicated to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of stable model semantics will also be part of the program.

Accepted papers and posters will be allocated time for presentation during the conference (with posters having a considerably shorter time). At least one author of each accepted submission is expected to register and participate in the event.

In addition to papers and posters, the technical program will include invited talks, advanced tutorials, specialized sessions, workshops, and a Doctoral Student Consortium. Details, as they become available will be posted at:



Papers and posters must describe original, previously unpublished research, and must not be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Emphasis will be placed on the novelty and innovative nature of the results (even if not completely polished and refined). All submissions will be peer-reviewed by an international panel. Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material. All submissions must be written in English. Technical papers and application papers must not exceed 15 pages in the Springer LNCS format (see ).

The limit for posters is 5 pages in the same format.

The primary means of submission will be electronic, through the Easychair submission system. The submission page is available at


Within the scope of the general call for papers for the upcoming 24th International Conference on Logic Programming, we would like to draw the attention of researchers and practitioners on the opportunity to submit manuscripts to the Application Track of the conference.

Application papers, are expected to describing complex and/or real-world applications that rely in an essential manner on the use of logic programming technology. Description of innovative applications as well as engineering solutions leveraging logic programming technology are solicited.

Papers must describe original, previously unpublished results, and must not be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere.

Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material. All submissions must be written in English. Application papers should be structured to emphasize:

  • the application domain, in terms understandable by a layman
  • the specific problem addressed within the application domain, stressing importance and complexity
  • a clear discussion of the unique need for logic programming technology to address the problem
  • a clear description of the application developed and its evaluation.



The proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer-Verlag in the LNCS series. All accepted papers and accepted posters will be included in the proceedings.



The ICLP'08 program will include several workshops. They are perhaps the best place for the presentation of preliminary work, novel ideas, and new open problems to a more focused and specialized audience. Workshops also provide a venue for presenting specialised topics and opportunities for intensive discussions and project collaboration in any areas related to logic programming, including cross-disciplinary areas.



The Doctoral Consortium (DC) on Logic Programming is the 4th Doctoral consortium to provide doctoral students with opportunity to present and discuss their research directions, and to obtain feedback from both peers and word-renown experts in the field. The DC will also offer invited speakers and panel discussions. Accepted participants will receive partial financial support to attend the event and the main conference.



The year 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication that introduced the stable model semantics for logic programs with negation. The paper titled "The stable semantics for logic programs" by Michael Gelfond and Vladimir Lifschitz was presented at ICLP-1988. It was a momentous event that gave rise to a vibrant subfield of logic programming known now as the answer-set programming. Its distinguishing aspects are close connections to the fields of knowledge representation, satisfiability and constraint satisfaction, ever faster computational tools, and a growing list of successful applications.

To celebrate the stable-model semantics, there will be a special session at ICLP 2008 dedicated to answer-set programming. The session will feature talks by Michael Gelfond and Vladimir Lifschitz. as well as by other major contributions to the field, presenting personal perspectives on the stable-model semantics, its impact and its future. There will be a session of position papers, and regular accepted ICLP papers falling into the answer-set programming area will complete the program.



The conference is sponsored by the Association for Logic Programming (ALP). The ALP  has  funds  to  assist  financially disadvantaged participants. The ALP is planning  to sponsor two awards for ICLP 2008: for the best technical paper and for the best student paper. A paper will qualify for the Best Student Paper Award if the first author of the paper is a student and the majority of the work has been conducted by the student. The student author is expected to attend the conference and present the work.


Last Updated ( Monday, 08 September 2008 )
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