Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

AI Seminar

Adding Preferences to Temporal Constraint Satisfaction Problems

Bart Peintner

Tuesday, April 05, 2005
4:00pm - 5:30pm
175 ATL

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About the Event

Recent planning and scheduling applications have successfully used the Temporal Constraint Satisfaction Problem (TCSP) formalism for reasoning about events and temporal constraints between them. Given a TCSP, the task is to find a schedule or a set of schedules that satisfy all constraints in the problem. In this talk, I will present our recent work on addressing two limitations of TCSPs in the context of planning applications: hard bounded constraints often do not match reality; and it is difficult for a planning system to recover if any constraint is violated during plan execution. To address both limitations, we extended the TCSP to include preferences, which allow constraints to be satisfied to different degrees. I will describe our Autominder planning application, review the basics of TCSPs, show how to extend them with preferences, and describe two of the algorithms we have developed to find optimal schedules for a given TCSP with Preferences.

Additional Information

Contact: Kevin Lochner

Email: klochner@umich.edu

Sponsor(s): AI Laboratory

Open to: Public