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Automated Planning and BDI Agents: A Case Study

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Publication date25/09/2021
Host publicationAdvances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Social Good. The PAAMS Collection: 19th International Conference, PAAMS 2021, Salamanca, Spain, October 6–8, 2021, Proceedings
EditorsFrank Dignum, Juan Manuel Corchado, Fernando De La Prieta
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030857394
ISBN (Print)9783030857387
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


There have been many attempts to integrate automated planning and rational agents. Most of the research focuses on adding support directly within agent programming languages, such as those based on the Belief-Desire-Intention model, rather than using off-the-shelf planners. This approach is often believed to improve the computation time, which is a common requirement in real world applications. This paper shows that even in complex scenarios, such as in the Multi-Agent Programming Contest with 50 agents and a 4 s deadline for the agents to send actions to the server, it is possible to efficiently integrate agent languages with off-the-shelf automated planners. Based on the experience with this case study, the paper discusses advantages and disadvantages of decoupling the agents from the planners.