Automated Planning

Automated Planning

Theory and Practice

1st Edition - May 3, 2004

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  • Authors: Malik Ghallab, Dana Nau, Paolo Traverso
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558608566
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080490519

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Automated planning technology now plays a significant role in a variety of demanding applications, ranging from controlling space vehicles and robots to playing the game of bridge. These real-world applications create new opportunities for synergy between theory and practice: observing what works well in practice leads to better theories of planning, and better theories lead to better performance of practical applications. Automated Planning mirrors this dialogue by offering a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on both the theory and practice of automated planning. The book goes well beyond classical planning, to include temporal planning, resource scheduling, planning under uncertainty, and modern techniques for plan generation, such as task decomposition, propositional satisfiability, constraint satisfaction, and model checking. The authors combine over 30 years experience in planning research and development to offer an invaluable text to researchers, professionals, and graduate students.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough understanding of AI planning theory and practice, and how they relate to each other
  • Covers all the contemporary topics of planning, as well as important practical applications of planning, such as model checking and game playing
  • Presents case studies and applications in planning engineering, space, robotics, CAD/CAM, process control, emergency operations, and games
  • Provides lecture notes, examples of programming assignments, pointers to downloadable planning systems and related information online


Researchers and practitioners in artificial intelligence, robotics, and operations research

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction and Overview
    I Classical Planning
    2 Representations for Classical Planning*3 Complexity of Classical Planning*4 State-Space Planning*5 Plan-Space Planning

    II Neoclassical Planning
    6 Planning-Graph Techniques*7 Propositional Satisfiability Techniques*8 Constraint Satisfaction Techniques
    III Heuristics and Control Strategies
    9 Heuristics in Planning*10 Control Rules in Planning*11 Hierarchical Task Network Planning*12 Control Strategies in Deductive Planning

    IV Planning with Time and Resources
    13 Time for Planning*14 Temporal Planning*15 Planning and Resource Scheduling
    V Planning under Uncertainty
    16 Planning based on Markov Decision Processes*17 Planning based on Model Checking*18 Uncertainty with Neo-Classical Techniques
    VI Case Studies and Applications
    19 Space Applications*20 Planning in Robotics*21 Planning for Manufacturability Analysis*22 Emergency Evacuation Planning *23 Planning in the Game of Bridge
    VII Conclusion
    24 Conclusion and Other Topics
    VIII Appendices
    A Search Procedures and Computational Complexity*B First Order Logic*C Model Checking

Product details

  • No. of pages: 672
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2004
  • Published: May 3, 2004
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558608566
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080490519

About the Authors

Malik Ghallab

Malik Ghallab is Director of Research at the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse. He was the director of the French national AI program, coordinated the five national research programs in information science, and served as the chair of ASTI, the French technical society in information sciences and technologies. Currently, he is also the director of the French national interdisciplinary program on robotics and artificial entities (Robea).

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Dana Nau

Dana Nau is a professor at the University of Maryland, and an AAAI Fellow. His research interests include AI planning and searching, and computer-integrated design and manufacturing. He holds appointments in the Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Systems Research, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has more than 250 technical publications, and has co-authored computer programs that won the 1997 world championship of computer bridge and one of the top four awards in the 2002 International Planning Competition. Other awards he has received include an NSF graduate fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, an Outstanding Faculty award, and several “best paper” awards.

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University of Maryland

Paolo Traverso

Paolo Traverso is the Head of Sistemi di Ragionamento Automatico at the Instituto Trentino di Cultura - Instituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, (ITC-IRST). He was the project leader of industrial and experimental projects such as the development of Rail Traffic Management Systems, the design of tools for Automatic Train Protection, the synthesis of industrial controllers, and the development of systems for planning and control in space environment.

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