Portfolio-based planning: State of the art, common practice and open challenges

Mauro Vallati, Lukaš Chrpa, Diane Kitchin

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In recent years the field of Automated Planning has significantly advanced and several powerful domain-independent planners have been developed. However, none of these systems clearly outperforms all the others in every known benchmark domain. This observation motivated the idea of configuring and exploiting a portfolio of planners to perform better than any individual planner: some recent planning systems based on this idea achieved significantly good results in experimental analysis and International Planning Competitions. Such results let us suppose that future challenges of the Automated Planning community will converge on designing different approaches for combining existing planning algorithms. This paper reviews existing techniques and provides an exhaustive guide to portfolio-based planning. In addition, the paper outlines open issues of existing approaches and highlights possible future evolution of these techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-733
Number of pages17
JournalAI Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2015


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