JACIII Vol.15 No.8 pp. 1149-1158
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2011.p1149


Deploying Interactive Mission Planning Tools- Experiences and Lessons Learned –

Amedeo Cesta, Gabriella Cortellessa, Simone Fratini,
Angelo Oddi, and Giulio Bernardi

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Via S. Martino della Battaglia 44, I-00185 Rome, Italy

May 25, 2011
August 22, 2011
October 20, 2011
mission ground segment, end-to-end development, timeline-based planning, AI planning and scheduling, constraint-based reasoning

This article contains a retrospective overview of connected work performed for the European Space Agency (ESA) over a span of 10 years. We have been creating and refining an AI approach to problem solving and have infused a series of deployed planning and scheduling systems which have innovated the agency’s mission planning practice. The goal of this paper is to identify strong features of this experience, comment on general lessons learned and offer guidelines for work practice of the future. Specifically, the work considers some key points that have contributed to strengthening the effectiveness of our approach for the development of an end-to-end methodology to field applications: the attention to domain modeling, the constraint-based algorithm synthesis and the relevance of user interaction services.

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