Höller, Daniel

Translating Totally Ordered HTN Planning Problems to Classical Planning Problems Using Regular Approximation of Context-Free Languages

Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 31, AAAI Press, pp. 159-167, 2021.

There have been several approaches to use techniques from classical planning in HTN planning. While a direct translation is in general not possible due to the different expressiveness, there have been translations of bounded HTN problems and approaches to use classical heuristics in HTN search procedures. In this paper, we introduce a different approach. We exploit methods from the field of Computational Linguistics introduced to approximate Context-Free Languages by Finite Automata. We use them to approximate the decomposition structure of Totally Ordered (TO) HTN planning problems by classical problems. The resulting problem can then be solved using standard classical planning systems. A subset of TOHTN problems can be translated exactly, i.e., without changing the set of solutions. For problems where an approximation is necessary, we use an overapproximation, i.e., the set of solutions to the classical problem is a superset of that of the HTN problem. We then use plan verification to check whether a solution is valid and thus obtain a sound and complete overall approach. The resulting system outperforms the state of the art on the IPC 2020 benchmark set in terms of coverage.