Constraints, Graphs, Algebra, Logic, and Complexity (Invited Talk)

Moshe Y. Vardi
A large class of problems in AI and other areas of computer science can be viewed as constraint-satisfaction problems. This includes problems in database query optimization, machine vision, belief maintenance, scheduling, temporal reasoning, type reconstruction, graph theory, and satisfiability. All of these problems can be recast as questions regarding the existence of homomorphisms between two directed graphs. It is well-known that the constraint-satisfaction problem is NP-complete. This motivated an extensive research program into identify tractable...