17th International Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing

July 14-17, 2014   ·   Vienna, Austria

Call for Papers

The International Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing (SAT) is the primary annual meeting for researchers studying the theory and applications of the propositional satisfiability problem. It includes, besides plain propositional satisfiability, Boolean optimization (such as MaxSAT and Pseudo-Boolean (PB) constraints), Quantified Boolean Formulas (QBF), Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT), and Constraint Programming (CP) for problems with clear connections to Boolean-level reasoning.

Many hard combinatorial problems can be encoded as SAT instances, in the broad sense mentioned above, including problems in formal verification (hardware and software), artificial intelligence, and operations research. More recently, biology, cryptology, data mining, machine learning, and mathematics have been added to the growing list.

The SAT conference aims to further advance the field by soliciting original theoretical and practical contributions in these areas with a clear connection to satisfiability.

Important Dates

See the separate Important Dates page.

Scope

SAT 2014 welcomes scientific contributions addressing different aspects of the satisfiability problem, interpreted in a broad sense. Domains include MaxSAT and Pseudo-Boolean (PB) constraints, Quantified Boolean Formulae (QBF), Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT), as well asConstraint Satisfaction Problems (CSP). Topics include (but are not restricted to):

  • Theoretical advances (including exact algorithms, proof complexity, and other complexity issues)
  • Practical search algorithms
  • Knowledge compilation
  • Implementation-level details of SAT solving tools and SAT-based systems
  • Problem encodings and reformulations
  • Applications (including both novel applications domains and improvements to existing approaches)
  • Case studies and reports on insightful findings based on rigorous experimentation

Out of Scope

Papers claiming to resolve a major long-standing open theoretical question in mathematics or computer science (such as those for which a Millennium Prize is offered), are outside the scope of the conference because there is insufficient time in the schedule to referee such papers; instead, such papers should be submitted to an appropriate technical journal.

Paper Categories

Submissions to SAT 2014 are solicited in three paper categories, describing original contributions:

  • REGULAR PAPERS (9 to 15 pages, excluding references)
    Regular papers should contain original research, with sufficient detail to assess the merits and relevance of the contribution. For papers reporting experimental results, authors are strongly encouraged to make their data and implementations available with their submission. Submissions reporting on case studies are also encouraged, and should describe details, weaknesses, and strengths in sufficient depth.
  • SHORT PAPERS (up to 8 pages, excluding references)
    The same evaluation criteria apply to short papers as to regular papers. They will be reviewed to the same standards of quality as regular papers, but will naturally contain less quantity of new material. Short papers will have the same status as regular papers and be eligible for the same awards (to be announced later).
  • TOOL PAPERS (up to 6 pages, excluding references)
    A tool paper should describe the implemented tool and its novel features. Here "tools" are interpreted in a broad sense, including descriptions of implemented solvers, preprocessors, etc., as well as systems that exploit SAT solvers or their extensions to solve interesting problem domains. A demonstration is expected to accompany a tool presentation. Papers describing tools that have already been presented previously are expected to contain significant and clear enhancements to the tool.

For all paper categories, the page limits stated above do not include references, but do include all other material intended to appear in the conference proceedings. Submissions should use the Springer LNCS style (without space-squeezing modifications), and be written in English.

Besides the paper itself, authors may submit a supplement consisting of one file in the format of a gzipped tarball (.tar.gz or .tgz) or a gzipped file (.gz) or a zip archive (.zip). Authors are encouraged to submit such a supplement when it will help reviewers to evaluate the paper, and such a supplement will be treated with the same degree of confidentiality as the paper itself. For example, the supplement might contain detailed proofs, examples, software, detailed experimental data, or other material related to the submission. Individual reviewers may or may not consult the supplementary material; the paper should be self-contained.

Regular papers and short papers may be considered for a best paper award. If the main author is a student, both in terms of work and writing, the paper may be considered for a best student-paper award. Use the supplement to your submission to state (in a brief cover letter) if the paper qualifies as a student paper.

Proceedings

All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference, which will be published within the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.