Applying Automatic Planning Systems to Airport Ground-Traffic Control – A Feasibility Study

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Planning techniques have matured as demonstrated by the performance of automatic planning systems at recent international planning system competitions. Nowadays it seems feasible to apply planning systems to real-world problems. In order to get an idea of what the performance difference between special-purpose techniques and automatic planning techniques is, we applied these techniques to the airport traffic control problem and compared it with a special purpose tool. In addition to a performance assessment, this exercise also resulted in a domain model of the airport traffic control domain, which was used as a benchmark in the 4th International Planning Competition.