Workshop Description
Distributed Constraint Reasoning (DCR) problems arise when pieces of information about variables, constraints or both are relevant to independent but communicating agents. They provide a promising framework to deal with the increasingly diverse range of distributed real-world problems emerging from the evolution of computation and communication technologies.
The new challenges posed by solving Distributed Constraint Reasoning Problems include dealing with resource restrictions (such as limits on time and communication), privacy requirements, exploiting opportunities for cooperation, and designing conflict resolution strategies.

The workshop addresses modeling, formulation and solution of Distributed Constraint Reasoning problems, including both Distributed Constraint Satisfaction and Optimization Problems. The workshop encourages submissions on all topics related to Distributed Constraint Reasoning, including (but not limited to) the following:
    •    unified frameworks for distributed constraint reasoning
    •    algorithms for solving distributed constraint reasoning problems
    •    theoretical results about distributed constraint reasoning problems
    •    privacy issues in distributed constraint reasoning
    •    problem solving in systems with self-interested agents
    •    distributed constraint propagation and consistency
    •    over-constrained problems
    •    applications of distributed constraint reasoning
    •    modeling of distributed constraint reasoning problems
    •    extensions of the distributed constraint reasoning paradigm/framework
 
Workshop Motivation
The goal of the DCR workshop series is to bring together researchers from the many different areas that are relevant to distributed constraint  reasoning so that commonalities and relationships can be discovered and understanding improved. DCR is an inter-disciplinary research area involving the Constraint Programming, Multiagent Systems and AI communities.
As such, this workshop has historically rotated its location between the three major conferences in each of these areas: CP (in 2000 and 2004), IJCAI (in 2001, 2003, 2005, and January of 2007) and AAMAS (in 2002 and 2006). In September of 2007, DCR will again be held at CP and
we invite all members of the CP community to participate.
 
Workshop Format
At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the half-day workshop. The workshop will emphasize group discussion so presentations will be balanced with discussion time.  Proposals for panels / discussion groups during the workshop are welcome.
 
Organizing Committee
Christian Bessiere, LIRMM, France
Boi Faltings, EPFL, Switzerland
Youssef Hamadi, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK
Katsutoshi Hirayama, Kobe University, Japan
Amnon Meisels, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Pedro Meseguer, IIIA, Spain
Jonathan P. Pearce (workshop chair), University of Southern California, USA
Adrian Petcu, EPFL, Switzerland
Marius Silaghi, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Milind Tambe, University of Southern California, USA
Makoto Yokoo, Kyushu University, Japan