Primary and secondary diagnosis of multi-agent plan execution

Femke de Jonge, Nico Roos*, Cees Witteveen

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Diagnosis of plan failures is an important subject in both single- and multi-agent planning. Plan diagnosis can be used to deal with plan failures in three ways: (i) to provide information necessary for the adjustment of the current plan or for the development of a new plan, (ii) to point out which equipment and/or agents should be repaired or adjusted to avoid further violation of the plan execution, and (iii) to identify the agents responsible for plan-execution failures. We introduce two general types of plan diagnosis: primary plan diagnosis identifying the incorrect or failed execution of actions, and secondary plan diagnosis that identifies the underlying causes of the faulty actions. Furthermore, three special cases of secondary plan diagnosis are distinguished, namely agent diagnosis, equipment diagnosis and environment diagnosis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-294
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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