A Knowledge Engineering Tool for Modelling AI Planning Tasks

Gerhard Wickler, Lukas Chrpa, Lee McCluskey

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This paper introduces the Knowledge Engineering Web Interface (KEWI) which primarily aims to be used for modelling automated planning tasks in a semi-formal framework. The conceptual model used to represent the declarative and procedural knowledge in KEWI is described formally. The model consists of three layers: a rich ontology, a model of basic actions, and more complex methods. It is this structured conceptual model based on the rich ontology that facilitates knowledge engineering. The focus of this paper is to show how the central knowledge model used in KEWI differs from a model directly encoded in PDDL, the language accepted by most existing planning engines. Specifically, the rich ontology enables a more concise and natural style of representation. For operational use, KEWI automatically generates PDDL. Initial experiments show that the generated PDDL can be processed by a planner without incurring significant drawbacks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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