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Temporal Plan Interdependencies: Illustrating Various Plan Components

Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch

The need to improve the quality of health care while at the same time controlling or reducing its cost leads to a strong demand for clinical protocols and guidelines. Several (semi-) formal languages to represent such guidelines exist. However, to translate clinical guidelines into such a representation is a burdensome and time-consuming task. We aim to support that knowledge acquisition task by providing methods and tools, which focus on the process-oriented nature of such guidelines. In this paper, we provide a systematic analysis of the various plan components and their temporal interdependences (written in Asbru) to infer heuristics for our methods and tools. We examine the temporal issues, in particular the flows whose temporal information are available in different ways. I.e. the expressions can be both metric and qualitative nature or dependencies between individual flows can be represented by point or interval relations. Based on these several formats we develop different forms of representations to display the flows in Asbru. By means of these definitions the modeling process will be simplified and therefore can help saving developing time and costs.

Keywords: Skeletal Planning, Temporal Representation, Process Modeling, Knowledge-Based Systems

Citation: Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch: Temporal Plan Interdependencies: Illustrating Various Plan Components. In R.López de Mántaras and L.Saitta (eds.): ECAI2004, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2004, pp.1039-1040.

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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).