The AIPS-98 Planning Competition

  • Derek Long
  • Henry Kautz
  • Bart Selman
  • Blai Bonet
  • Hector Geffner
  • Jana Koehler
  • Michael Brenner
  • Joerg Hoffmann
  • Frank Rittinger
  • Corin R. Anderson
  • Daniel S. Weld
  • David E. Smith
  • Maria Fox
  • Derek Long


In 1998, the international planning community was invited to take part in the first planning competition, hosted by the Artificial Intelligence Planning Systems Conference, to provide a new impetus for empirical evaluation and direct comparison of automatic domain-independent planning systems. This article describes the systems that competed in the event, examines the results, and considers some of the implications for the future of the field.