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The deadline for registration of planners is approaching! 31st October.
Deterministic Part of the 2014 International Planning Competition
Call for Participation http://helios.hud.ac.uk/scommv/IPC-14
objectives of the competition are to provide a forum for empirical
comparison of planning systems, to highlight challenges to the community
in the form of problems at the edge of current capabilities, to propose
new directions for research and to provide a core of common benchmark
problems and a representation formalism that can aid in the comparison
and evaluation of planning systems. Although the series has a
competitive style (individual systems are identified for exceptional
performance at the event itself), the focus is on data-collection and
presentation, with interpretation of results being understated. The real
goal of the competition is to make as much data as possible available
to the community.
The deterministic part of IPC is the oldest
one; its 8th recurrence will run in 2014 and conclude together with
ICAPS, in June 2014, in Portsmouth (USA). This time it is organized by
Lukas Chrpa, Mauro Vallati and Lee McCluskey.
IPC-2014 will be
based on PDDL 3.1, i.e. the same language used in IPC-2011 with no
extensions at all. A competing team may participate for any track.
However, the competitors are strongly encouraged to participate in every
track supported by their planners.
The precise evaluation
criteria will be known to the competitors well ahead of time (check the
website for further details), in order to prepare their planners
accordingly. For some tracks, a separate prize will be given to optimal
planners. We are considering, but further information will follow, a
special award for the most innovative planner that will participate in
As in IPC-11 the evaluation process will
comprise two phases: Initially, the competitors will be given a set of
representative domain/problem instances to test their planners on their
own machines. Then, they will submit a final version of the source code
of their planners that will be run by the organizers on the actual
competition domains/problems (unknown to the competitors till this
time). This way no fine-tuning of the planners will be possible.
competitors must submit an abstract (max. 300 words) and a 4-page paper
describing their planners. A booklet with the papers (possibly
electronic) will be distributed among the ICAPS 2014 participants.
an important requirement for IPC-2014 competitors is to give the
organizers the right to post the code of their planners on the official
IPC-2014 web site.
deterministic part currently considers three tracks: sequential,
temporal and preferences. In all cases, two different subtracks shall be
arranged: optimal and satisficing; an additional multi-core and agile
subtracks shall be arranged for the sequential part as well.
Potential participants are requested to send an email to *both* l.c...@hud.ac.uk
with the registration form available from the competition website completed.
Early expression of interest will provide opportunity to help shape the structure of the competition.
The tentative schedule of the competition activities goes as follows:
-June '13: Call for Participation available
-June '13: Call for Domains available
-July '13: Competition Rules available
-Oct, 31, '13: Registration deadline
-Oct, 31, '13: Demo problems, supporting tools
-Nov, 15, '13: Domain submission deadline
-Jan, 10, '14: Planners submission deadline
-Feb, 14, '14: Papers submission deadline
-Jan -- May '14: Collection and evaluation of results
-June '14: Announcement of the results and winners at ICAPS'14
Possible additional (intermediate) deadlines will be communicated to the registered participants by the organizers.
We are looking forward to an exciting competition!
Lukas Chrpa, Mauro Vallati and Lee McCluskey, University of Huddersfield, UK
Mailing list ipc2014 deterministic parthttps://groups.google.com/d/forum/ipc2014-deterministic
Website ipc2014 deterministic parthttp://helios.hud.ac.uk/scommv/IPC-14/