Reading Group on Planning and Search

In the reading group, we discuss current and classical research papers. The emphasis lies on work on action planning, search and related areas, but interesting papers from other areas are welcome. All participants can make recommendations for the reading list, from which one or more papers are selected for each meeting. Participants read the selected papers individually in preparation for the meeting and discuss them during the meeting.

The target audience of the reading group consists of researchers and interested guests, comparable to a post-graduate seminar. Students at all levels may feel free to participate, but should be aware that only PhD students enrolled in Basel can obtain ECTS points in the reading group.

Time and Place

The reading group is a joint event of the Artificial Intelligence research group at University of Basel and the Foundations of Artificial Intelligence research group at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Time: Thursday, 15:00 pm
Place in Basel: University of Basel, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Spiegelgasse 5, room 04.001
Place in Freiburg: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Faculty of Engineering, Georges-Köhler-Allee 52, room 052-00-016
Meetings in Zoom: The link to the online meeting is shared on the reading group mailing list.

The reading group meetings normally alternate between Basel and Freiburg, but all meetings are currently online via Zoom. Participants from Freiburg share a train ticket to get to Basel. If you are interested in joining them, please contact Robert Mattmüller. Participants from Basel travelling to Freiburg follow the usual travel reimbursement process.

Mailing List

The papers covered by the reading group are announced on the reading group mailing list. To protect against spam, we do not provide a link to the mailing list here. To obtain access, please contact one of the members of the Artificial Intelligence research group.


Date Topic Contact
in Zoom
Silvia Richter and Malte Helmert.
Preferred Operators and Deferred Evaluation in Satisficing Planning.
Proc. ICAPS 2009. (PDF)
Michael Katz
in Zoom
Tim Schulte and Thomas Keller.
Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Classical Planning.
Proc. SOCS 2014.
David Speck
in Zoom
Richard E. Korf.
Real-time heuristic search.
Artificial intelligence 42.2-3 (1990): 189-211.
Zlatan Ajanovic

Further Information

The papers that were read in the reading group in previous semesters can be found in the reading group archive.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Malte Helmert.