Optimal Symbolic Planning with Action Costs and Preferences

This paper studies the solving of finite-domain action planning problems with discrete action costs and soft constraints. For sequential optimal planning, a symbolic perimeter database heuristic is addressed in a bucket implementation of A*. For computing net-benefits, we propose symbolic branch-and-bound search together with some search refinements. The net-benefit we optimize is the total benefit of satisfying the goals, minus the total action cost to achieve them. This results in an objective function to be minimized that is a linear expression over the violation of the preferences added to the action cost total.

Stefan Edelkamp, Peter Kissmann