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Progress in AI Planning Research and Applications

Long, D. and Fox, M. (2002) Progress in AI Planning Research and Applications. UPGRADE : The European Journal for the Informatics Professional, III (5). pp. 10-25. ISSN 1684-5285

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Planning has made significant progress since its inception in the 1970s, in terms both of the efficiency and sophistication of its algorithms and representations and its potential for application to real problems. In this paper we sketch the foundations of planning as a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence and the history of its development over the past three decades. Then some of the recent achievements within the field are discussed and provided some experimental data demonstrating the progress that has been made in the application of general planners to realistic and complex problems. The paper concludes by identifying some of the open issues that remain as important challenges for future research in planning.