DOVETAIL — An Abstraction for Classical Planning Using a Visual Metaphor. Magnaguagno, M., Pereira, R., & Meneguzzi, F. In Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference, 2016.
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While domain descriptions are often shared and manipulated through diagrams, most complex domains are still described using text-based languages. Code becomes an intermediary between the real-world and an abstract idea, and the programmer is merely a converter of diagrams into code. For automated planning this is no different. The state transition function is described in terms of a textual representation of actions and, although simple actions require little effort to define by the user, the learning process is often slow. New users have no metaphor to help them to visualize the domain description that they are working on and little information about why a planner fails due to formalization errors. In this paper, we propose a visual abstraction for both the planning domain actions and the planning process itself, to facilitate the design of classical planning domains. Using this abstraction, we expect to improve the learning curve for defining and subsequently diagnosing problems with new planning domains.
@inproceedings{Magnaguagno2016,
	author = {Mauricio Magnaguagno and Ramon Pereira and Felipe Meneguzzi},
	title = {DOVETAIL — An Abstraction for Classical Planning Using a Visual Metaphor},
	booktitle = {Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference},
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {Planning; Visualization; Metaphor},
	abstract = {While domain descriptions are often shared and manipulated through diagrams, most complex domains are still described using text-based languages. Code becomes an intermediary between the real-world and an abstract idea, and the programmer is merely a converter of diagrams into code. For automated planning this is no different. The state transition function is described in terms of a textual representation of actions and, although simple actions require little effort to define by the user, the learning process is often slow. New users have no metaphor to help them to visualize the domain description that they are working on and little information about why a planner fails due to formalization errors. In this paper, we propose a visual abstraction for both the planning domain actions and the planning process itself, to facilitate the design of classical planning domains. Using this abstraction, we expect to improve the learning curve for defining and subsequently diagnosing problems with new planning domains.},

	url = {http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/FLAIRS/FLAIRS16/paper/view/12966}
}
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