Alt Altp: Online parallelization of plans with heuristic state search

Romeo Sanchez Nigenda, Subbarao Kambhampati

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Despite their near dominance, heuristic state search planners still lag behind disjunctive planners in the generation of parallel plans in classical planning. The reason is that directly searching for parallel solutions in state space planners would require the planners to branch on all possible subsets of parallel actions, thus increasing the branching factor exponentially. We present a variant of our heuristic state search planner AltAlt called AltAlt p which generates parallel plans by using greedy online parallelization of partial plans. The greedy approach is significantly informed by the use of novel distance heuristics that AHAltp derives from a graphplan-style planning graph for the problem. While this approach is not guaranteed to provide optimal parallel plans, empirical results show that AltAltp is capable of generating good quality parallel plans at a fraction of the cost incurred by the disjunctive planners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-657
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Artificial Intelligence Research
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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