Artificial Intelligence Journal

Special Issue on Advances in Automated Plan Generation Systems


Maria Fox, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Sylvie Thiebaux, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


In recent years the field of Automated Planning has significantly advanced and current planning systems and approaches are much more powerful than those developed a decade ago. The international Planning Competition series has inspired many of these developments and the fifth competition, IPC5, held in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS-06), introduced several new powerful planning systems capable of planning with soft goals and state trajectory constraints. Several participating planners also developed new techniques for traditional propositional planning, complex metric-temporal planning, and probabilistic or conformant planning.

Given the considerable progress since the last AIJ special issue on planning, published in 1995, we now want to bring together the best recent advances into a new special issue that represents the state of the art in automated planning. The proposed issue is not limited to planners that participated in the recent competitions, although submissions based on these systems are welcomed.

We invite contributions to this special issue that describe significant work on fundamental aspects, system architectures, and experimental evaluations of modern systems for automated plan generation.

We particularly encourage submissions addressing the following topics, which are major topics of recent and current research in automated planning.


Deadline for submissions: September 28, 2007.

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to with a clear indication that they are for the special issue. Please, follow the submission instructions available from the AIJ webpage.

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