AAAI Publications, Thirteenth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

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Conflict-Based Diagnosis of Discrete Event Systems: Theory and Practice
Alban Grastien, Patrik Haslum, Sylvie Thiébaux

Last modified: 2012-05-17


We present a conflict-based approach to diagnosing Discrete Event Systems (DES) which generalises Reiter's Diagnose algorithm to a much broader class of problems. This approach obviates the need to explicitly reconstruct the system's behaviors that are consistent with the observation, as is typical of existing DES diagnosis algorithms. Instead, our algorithm explores the space of diagnosis hypotheses, testing hypotheses for consistency, and generating conflicts which rule out successors and other portions of the search space. Under relatively mild assumptions, our algorithm correctly computes the set of preferred diagnosis candidates. We investigate efficient symbolic representations of the hypotheses space and provide a SAT-based implementation of this framework which is used to address a real-world problem in processing alarms for a power transmission system.

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