On the effective configuration of planning domain models

Mauro Vallati, Frank Hutter, Lukaš Chrpa, Thomas L. McCluskey

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The development of domain-independent planners within the AI Planning community is leading to "off the shelf" technology that can be used in a wide range of applications. Moreover, it allows a modular approach - in which planners and domain knowledge are modules of larger software applications - that facilitates substitutions or improvements of individual modules without changing the rest of the system. This approach also supports the use of reformulation and configuration techniques, which transform how a model is represented in order to improve the efficiency of plan generation. In this paper, we investigate how the performance of planners is affected by domain model configuration. We introduce a fully automated method for this configuration task, and show in an extensive experimental analysis with six planners and seven domains that this process (which can, in principle, be combined with other forms of reformulation and configuration) can have a remarkable impact on performance across planners. Furthermore, studying the obtained domain model configurations can provide useful information to effectively engineer planning domain models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIJCAI 2015 - Proceedings of the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
PublisherInternational Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357384
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2015
Event24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 25 Jul 201531 Jul 2015
Conference number: 24
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Conference24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Abbreviated titleIJCAI 2015
CityBuenos Aires
Internet address


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