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Despite recent progress in AI planning, many benchmarks remain challenging for current planners. In many domains, the performance of a planner can greatly be improved by discovering and exploiting information about the domain structure that is not explicitly encoded in the initial PDDL formulation. In this paper we present and compare two automated methods(More)
Large-scale, parallel clusters composed of commodity processors are increasingly available, enabling the use of vast processing capabilities and distributed RAM to solve hard search problems. We investigate parallel algorithms for optimal sequential planning, with an emphasis on exploiting distributed memory computing clusters. In particular, we focus on an(More)
T he problem of path-finding in commercial computer games has to be solved in real time, often under constraints of limited memory and CPU resources. The computational effort required to find a path, using a search algorithm such as A*, increases with size of the search space. Hence, pathfinding on large maps can result in serious performance bottlenecks.(More)
Heuristic search is a leading approach to domain-independent planning. For cost-optimal planning, however, existing admissible heuristics are generally too weak to effectively guide the search. Pattern database heuristics (PDBs), which are based on abstractions of the search space, are currently one of the most promising approaches to developing better(More)
Multi-agent path planning is a challenging problem with numerous real-life applications. Running a centralized search such as A* in the combined state space of all units is complete and cost-optimal, but scales poorly, as the state space size is exponential in the number of mobile units. Traditional decentralized approaches, such as FAR and WHCA*, are(More)
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can have a dramatic impact on the quality of video games. AI planning techniques are useful in a wide range of game components, including modules that control the behavior of fully autonomous units. However, planning is computationally expensive, and the CPU and memory resources available to game AI modules at runtime(More)