The International Planning Competition (IPC) is a biennial event organized in the context of the International Conference on Planning and Scheduling. A main goal of the competition is to analyze and advance the state of the art in automated planning systems. One of the domain models used this year to challenge the competing planners was Crew Planning for Space Missions, which was developed as part of a demonstration of the Automation for Operations (A4O) project. The domain model was shared in the original NDDL and ANML languages, which are used by the EUROPA planning technology developed at NASA Ames. The model was then translated by the IPC organizers into the Planning Domain Definition Language (PDDL), the language used by the IPC and by the automated planning research community at large. This is a mutually beneficial experience where the research community is able to test their technology on real-life problems, and NASA may potentially benefit from new automated planning approaches for the domain.
BACKGROUND: The Automation for Operations (A4O) project is an Exploration Technology Development Program (ETDP)-funded project with members from NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), NASA Langley Research Center, NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as SRI, United Space Alliance (USA) and TRACLabs (a JSC contractor). The project develops trusted adjustable automation technology to advance the state of the art in mission operations, crew self-scheduling, robotic operations, and systems operations for lunar outpost and surface infrastructure operations.
PROGRAM FUNDING: This work was funded by the NASA Exploration Technology Development Program.
Contact: Javier Barreiro