ECAI 2004 Conference Paper

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When Are Behaviour Networks Well-Behaved?

Bernhard Nebel, Yuliya Babovich-Lierler

Agents operating in the real world have to deal with a constantly changing and only partially predictable environment and are nevertheless expected to choose reasonable actions quickly. This problem is addressed by a number of action-selection mechanisms. Behaviour networks as proposed by Maes are one such mechanism, which is quite popular. In general, it seems not possible to predict when behaviour networks are well-behaved. However, they perform quite well in the robotic soccer context. In this paper, we analyse the reason for this success by identifying conditions that make behaviour networks goal converging, i.e., force them to reach the goals regardless of the details of the action selection scheme. In terms of STRIPS domains one could talk of self-solving planning domains.

Keywords: autonomous agents, planning, cognitive robotics

Citation: Bernhard Nebel, Yuliya Babovich-Lierler: When Are Behaviour Networks Well-Behaved?. In R.López de Mántaras and L.Saitta (eds.): ECAI2004, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2004, pp.672-676.

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ECAI-2004 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de València on behalf of Asociación Española de Inteligencia Artificial (AEPIA) and Associació Catalana d'Intel-ligència Artificial (ACIA).