Preface to special issue on planning and scheduling

Roman Barták, Amedeo Cesta, Lee McCluskey, Miguel A. Salido

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Planning, scheduling and constraint satisfaction are important areas in artificial intelligence (AI) with broad practical applicability. Many real-world problems can be formulated as AI planning and scheduling (P&S) problems, where resources must be allocated to optimize overall performance objectives. Frequently, solving these problems requires an adequate mixture of planning, scheduling and resource allocation to competing goal activities over time in the presence of complex state-dependent constraints. Constraint satisfaction plays an important role in solving such real-life problems, and integrated techniques that manage P&S with constraint satisfaction are particularly useful. Knowledge engineering supports the solution of such problems by providing adequate modelling techniques and knowledge extraction techniques for improving the performance of planners and schedulers. Briefly speaking, knowledge engineering tools serve as a bridge between the real world and P&S systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-248
Number of pages2
JournalKnowledge Engineering Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010


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