AAAI Publications, Nineteenth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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Composition of Partially Observable Services Exporting their Behaviour
Giuseppe De Giacomo, Riccardo De Masellis, Fabio Patrizi

Last modified: 2009-10-16


In this paper we look at the problem of composing services that export their behavior in terms of a transition system, characterizing the choices of actions given to a client at each point in time. The composition consists of synthesizing an orchestrator that coordinates the available services so as to mimic the desired target service asked by the client. Specifically, in this paper we study the "conformant form" of the problem, where available services are partially controllable and partially observable, and hence, the orchestrator has to make its decisions exploiting the observations made so far only. We give a sound and complete procedure to synthesize the orchestrator in such case, and characterize the computational complexity of the problem. The procedure is based on working with belief (or knowledge) states, a standard technique to tackle conformant planning. Moreover we show that, although in general unavoidable, the powerset construction at the base of the belief state approach can be delegated to the symbolic manipulations of the game-structure model checking tool (TLV), which can be used to efficiently implement the orchestrator synthesis procedure.


service composition; partial observablity; game structures; LTL synthesis

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