Institut für Informatik

Technical Report No. 122 - Abstract

Jana Koehler, Joerg Hoffmann
Handling of Inertia in a Planning System

The generation of the set of all ground actions for a given set of ADL operators, which are allowed to have conditional effects and preconditions that can be represented using arbitrary first-order formulas is a complex process which heavily influences the performance of any planner or pre-planning analysis method. The paper describes a sophisticated instantiation procedure that determines so-called inertia in a given problem representation and uses them to perform simplifications of formulas during the instantiation process. As a result, many inapplicable actions are detected and ruled out from the domain representation yielding a much smaller search space for the planner.

Report No. 122 (PostScript)