AAAI Publications, Twentieth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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A New Approach to Conformant Planning Using CNF∗
Son Thank To, Tran Cao Son, Enrico Pontelli

Last modified: 2010-04-20


In this paper, we develop a heuristic, progression based conformant planner, called CNF, which represents belief states by a special type of CNF formulae, called CNF CNF-state. We define a transition function φCNF for computing the successor belief state resulting from the execution of an action in a belief state and prove that it is sound and complete with respect to the complete semantics defined in the literature for conformant planning. We evaluate the performance of CNF against other state-of-the-art conformant planners and identify the classes of problems where CNF is comparable with other state-of-the-art planners or scales up better than other planners. We also develop a technique called oneof relaxation which helps boost the performance of CNF. We characterize the domains where this technique can be applied and validate this idea by proposing a new set of benchmarks that is really difficult for other planners yet easy for CNF.

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