A Survey of Research in Distributed, Continual Planning


desJardins, M. and Durfee, E. and Ortiz, C. and Wolverton M. A Survey of Research in Distributed, Continual Planning. AI Magazine, pp. 13-22, Dec1999.


Complex, real-world domains require a rethinking of traditional approaches to AI planning. Planning and executing the resulting plans in a dynamic environment requires a continual approach in which planning and execution are interleaved, there may be uncertainty in the current and projected world state, and replanning may be required when the situation changes or planned actions fail. Furthermore, complex planning and execution problems may require multiple computational agents and human planners to collaborate on a solution.

In this article, we describe a new paradigm for planning in complex, dynamic environments, which we term distributed, continual planning (DCP). We argue that developing DCP systems will be necessary in order for planning applications to be successful in these environments. We give a historical overview of research leading up to the current state of the art in DCP, and describe research in distributed and continual planning.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence Center, AIC

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