Why Real-World Planning is Difficult

Steve Chien, Randall W. Hill, Jr., and Kristina Fayyad

While work on AI planning systems dates back to the early 70’s, applications of AI planning systems are few and far between. This paper describes several major obstacles to the fielding of planning systems related to: plan representation and usage, operational contexts of planning systems, and knowledge acquisition and maintenance for planning knowledge. We use examples drawn from our experiences in applying planning and decision support technology to two procedural-reasoning application tasks at JPL: an automated image processing task and an antenna control task.

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