Using the Context-enhanced Additive Heuristic for Temporal and Numeric Planning

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2009), 2009
Planning systems for real-world applications need the ability to handle concurrency and numeric fluents. Nevertheless, the predominant approach to cope with concurrency followed by the most successful participants in the latest International Planning Competitions (IPC) is still to find a sequential plan that is rescheduled in a post-processing step. We present Temporal Fast Downward (TFD), a planning system for temporal problems that is capable of finding low-makespan plans by performing a heuristic search in a temporal search space. We show how the context-enhanced additive heuristic can be successfully used for temporal planning and how it can be extended to numeric fluents. TFD often produces plans of high quality and, evaluated according to the rating scheme of the last IPC, outperforms all state-of-the-art temporal planning systems.


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