Plan Invention and Plan Transformation
Most work on planning in A.I. is directed at the problem of how to manage the application of previously specified plans in familiar domains. However, an important aspect of planning behavior in general is the ability to plan intelligently in novel domains. The first step towards accounting for this behavior must be to characterize the process whereby general planning knowledge can be used to construct new plans in a specific domain. In my thesis I propose a model of such a process. This model assumes that the planner possess some plans which are appropriate for the domain in question, but that the current set is by no means adequate to operate effectively in the domain. The model I propose monitors the execution of these known plans and creates new plans in response to specific problems.
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