[Click here to see photographs of the conference taken by Helmut Simonis]
( on 7 October 2003)

CP 2003

Ninth International Conference on
Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming

29 September - 3 October, 2003

Actons Hotel

Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

Town centre as seen from Scilly -- conference hotel is in the collection of Georgian houses in the centre of the picture Castlepark, as seen from Compass Hill, the hill behind the conference hotel Harbour entrance, as seen from Scilly

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[Click here for photographs of the conference taken by Helmut Simonis] ( on 7 October 2003)

Arranged by Cork Constraint Computation Centre and run in co-operation with AAAI, CP-2003 was the ninth of the annual CP conference series. The CP conference is the annual international conference on constraint programming. It is concerned with all aspects of computing with constraints, including: algorithms, applications, environments, languages, models and systems. CP 2003 included a technical programme, where presentations of theoretical and application papers, as well as invited papers and advanced tutorials, aim at describing the best results and techniques in the state of the art of constraint programming. Moreover, CP 2003 continued the tradition of the CP doctoral programme, in which a group of Ph.D. students present their work, listen to tutorials on career and ethical issues, and discuss their work with senior researchers via a mentoring scheme. Finally, there was also a number of workshops, where researchers are able to meet in an informal setting and discuss their most recent ideas with their peers.

Conference Site, Accommodation and Food

Conference Site

The conference was held in the conference centre at Actons Hotel in Kinsale, a small resort town in County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. A sense of the cosy feel of the town can be seen by looking at the following three-dimensional map of the town centre. Actons Hotel is a few hundred metres from the centre of the town -- its location is marked with the letter "A" in the map of the southern part of the town -- it can be seen than the hotel's lawn is just across the road from the harbour and one of the several marinas.

For conference attendees who wished to combine a holiday with CP 2003, Kinsale formed a great base from which to visit the hills, bays and islands of West Cork and the similar attractions of County Kerry. Any attendee wishing to improve his/her fluency of presentation This is a joke! 
All constraints researchers are wonderful speakers :-) could get "the gift of the gab", by kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.


Accommodation was available in the main conference hotel (marked by the letter "A" on this map) and in a second hotel where some of the conference activities took place (marked by the letter "H" on this map). Accommodation was also available in other hotels and B&Bs within a few minutes walk of the conference hotel.


Apart from the two conference hotels mentioned above, the available hotels included the Blue Haven Hotel (marked by the letter "K" on this map) and Perryville House (the pink building shown on the top right-hand end of Pearse Street on this map). A block of rooms were set aside at the main conference hotel and at the second conference hotel.

Bed and Breakfast (B&B) establishments

The various B&B establishments are too many to mention -- a Google search using "B&B Kinsale Cork" will return web-sites for a selection of them.


Kinsale has a wide variety of restaurants within a few minutes walking distance of the conference hotels. (Here is a partial list of places to eat in Kinsale. Besides this list, there are, at the time this is being written, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian restaurants -- beware, though, restaurants come and go.)

Travelling to Kinsale

Kinsale is on the south coast of Ireland, about 20 miles by road to the south of Cork city, the capital of County Cork and the second city in the Republic of Ireland. It is possible to reach Cork by air or sea.

Travelling by Air

Cork International Airport has direct flights from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Cardiff, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds, London (City, Heathrow, Stanstead amd Gatwick), Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Milan, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Prague, Plymouth, Southampton, Swansea and Rome.
Buses from the airport to Kinsale
Scheduled buses, run by Bus Eireann, travel between Kinsale and the airport, which is about 15 minutes drive from the town. On Monday through Saturday, the Kinsale bus leaves the airport at the following times: 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 15:45, 17:00, 18:15, 19:15. On Sunday, the Kinsale bus leaves the airport at 09:45, 12:45, 14:45, 18:15. The one-way fare in 3 euro.
Taxis from the airport to Kinsale
It is also possible to take a taxi from the airport to Kinsale -- from the rank at the door of the passenger terminal. The fare is usually in the range of 32 to 35 euro.

Travelling by Ship

Ferry routes to Cork Ferryport

Cork Ferryport provides connections to Swansea in Britain and to Roscoff in France. For those bringing their own car by ferry, Cork Ferryport is about 30 minutes drive from Kinsale. For those coming as foot passengers on a ferry to Cork Ferryport, the cheapest way to reach Kinsale is to take a public bus, to Cork Bus Station in the city centre and then transfer onto a bus to Kinsale.

Other car-ferry routes to Ireland

If you are thinking of bringing your car, you will probably be interested in touring, so you may not be concerned to arrive at the ferry port closest to the conference site. Some other ferry routes to Ireland include those operated by Irish Ferries between Rosslare in Ireland and Roscoff and Cherbourg in France and between Rosslare and Dublin in Ireland and Holyhead and Pembroke in Wales. Stena Line offer several other ferry routes between Ireland (north and south) and Scotland and Wales.

International Travel by Bus or Train

For those who prefer to travel by surface transport but do not wish to bring their own car, it is possible to come by train or long-distance coach. For long-distance coach travel to Cork from a wide range of UK and European destinations -- see Bus Eireann/Eurolines. Given the recent splitting up of the rail network in the UK, it is not so easy as it used to be to buy train tickets to Cork from abroad. See the UK Public Transport Information website for information about trains across the UK; see Irish Rail for information about train travel within Ireland, including information about rambler tickets which allow unlimited travel over the whole island, north and south.


Conference Chair

James Bowen
Email: cp2003@cs.ucc.ie

Program Chair

Francesca Rossi
University of Padova
Email: frossi@math.unipd.it

Chair of Doctoral Programme

Michela Milano
University of Bologna
Email: mmilano@deis.unibo.it

Workshop and Tutorial Chair

Christian Bessiere
Email: bessiere@lirmm.fr

Publicity Chair

Steven Prestwich
Email: s.prestwich@cs.ucc.ie

Program Committee

Krzysztof Apt, CWI and Univ. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fahiem Bacchus, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
Frederic Benhamou, Univ. of Nantes, France
Christain Bessiere, LIRMM_CNRS, France
Alexander Bockmayr, Université Henri Poincaré, France
James Bowen, UCC, Ireland
Philippe Codognet, Univ. Paris VI, France
Rina Dechter, UC Irvine, USA
Boi Faltings, EPFL, Switzerland
Thom Fruehwirth, Univ. of Ulm, Germany
Carmen Gervet, IC-Parc, UK
Carla Gomes, Cornell Univ., USA
Manuel Hermenegildo, UPM, Spain
Holger Hoos, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada
Peter Jeavons, Univ. of Oxford, UK
Ulrich Junker, ILOG, France
Manolis Koubarakis, Technical Univ. of Crete, Greece
Francois Laburthe, Bouygues, France
Pedro Meseguer, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
Michela Milano, Univ. of Bologna, Italy
Jean-Charles Regin, ILOG, France
Francesca Rossi (chair), Univ. of Padova, Italy
Thomas Schiex, INRA Toulouse, France
Helmut Simonis, Parc Technologies, UK
Barbara Smith, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK
Peter Stuckey, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
Michael Trick, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
Peter van Beek, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
Gerard Verfaillie, ONERA, France
Toby Walsh, UCC, Ireland
Roland Yap, National Univ. of Singapore
Makoto Yokoo, NTT Corporation, Japan


Thanks to very generous sponsorship from Science Foundation Ireland, we were able to reduce the registration fee -- it was about 100 euros less than for recent years. Thanks to generous support from our other sponsors, we were able to offer travel scholarships to people accepted into the doctoral programme.




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