Taking into account the state of the art as regards constraint program development and the variety of existing solvers, the principal objectives of the project are the definition of techniques of generic traces and of exchange format in order to facilitate the definition of new constraint program development tool. This will allow the definition and the experimentation of new tools with two fields of application: constraints programming and a better comprehension of the behavior of the solvers on the one hand, and the development of generic techniques of visualization of information, adapted to the visual analysis of the traces produced by dynamic phenomena, on the other hand.
An international working group will be organized in the course of the project to discuss related technical issues and future developments.
The expected impacts of the project are of three kinds: new results
in constraint program development and debugging, and visualization of dynamic
phenomena; improvement of the industrial and academic platforms: constraint
solvers and their tools for constraint program development for Cosytec
and modules of visualization for Ilog, enhancement of free platforms like
GNU-Prolog; contribution to the teaching of the programming with constraints.