AAAI 2019 Tutorial
An Overview of the International Planning Competition

Amanda Coles, Andrew Coles, Florian Pommerening, and Álvaro Torralba
AAAI 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 13:30 – 15:15


AI Planning is one of the oldest sub-areas in AI. The International Planning Competition (IPC) is organized in the context of the International Conference on Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). It empirically evaluates state-of-the-art planning systems on a number of benchmark problems. The goals of the IPC are to promote planning research, highlight challenges in the planning community and provide new and interesting problems as benchmarks for future research. The IPC has an important role in the ICAPS community, being a forum to compare different algorithmic ideas and implementations, and setting standards for research and evaluation in the area.

The goal of this tutorial is to inform participants about the IPC series, specifically we focus on the deterministic and temporal tracks, of which we were the organizers for the most recent competition. We aim to equip participants with the knowledge of the current state-of-the art and the key open challenges classical and temporal planning as well as familiarize them with the tools and resources available to help those developing planners.


1. AI Planning and the IPC (PDF)
2. Classical Tracks (PDF)
3. Temporal Tracks (PDF)
4. Getting Involved (PDF)(demo)