AAAI Publications, Twenty-First International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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Visual Programming of Plan Dynamics Using Constraints and Landmarks
Julie Porteous, Jonathan Teutenberg, David Pizzi, Marc Cavazza

Last modified: 2011-03-22


In recent years, there has been considerable interest in the use of planning techniques in the area of new media. Many traditional planning notions no longer apply in the context of these applications. In particular, it can be difficult to answer the important question of what constitutes a good plan for the domain, but there is an emerging consensus that plan dynamics play an important role. As a consequence, it is important to support representation of such aspects. Our solution is to introduce a meta-level of representation that is an abstraction of the domain with respect to both time and causality, and to develop a visual representation of this in the form of a narrative arc. This visual representation can then be used in a visual programming approach to the exploration and specification of plan dynamics. In the paper we outline this approach to meta-level representation using constraints along with the visual programming interface we have developed. We illustrate the approach with examples of visual programming in the development of an interactive entertainment system based on Shakespeare's play ``The Merchant of Venice''

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