Universiteit van Amsterdam


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

CfP special issue of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) on Epistemic Planning

Deadline: Monday 1 October 2018

Epistemic planning is the enrichment of automated planning with epistemic notions such as knowledge and belief. In general, single-agent epistemic planning considers the following problem: given an agent's current state of knowledge, and a desirable state of knowledge, how does it get from one to the other? In multi-agent epistemic planning, the current and desirable states of knowledge might also refer to the states of knowledge of other agents, including higher-order knowledge like ensuring that agent A doesn't get to know that agent B knows P. Single-agent epistemic planning is of central importance in settings where agents need to be able to reason about their own lack of knowledge and, e.g., make plans of how to achieve the required knowledge.

Multi-agent epistemic planning is essential for coordination and collaboration among multiple agents, where success can only be expected if agents are able to reason about the knowledge, uncertainty and capabilities of other agents. It is a relatively recent area of research involving combinations of several sub-areas of artificial intelligence, such as automated planning, decision-theoretic planning, epistemic logic, strategic reasoning and knowledge representation & reasoning. In order to achieve formalisms and systems for epistemic planning that are both expressive and practically efficient, it is necessary to combine state of the art from several such sub-areas of artificial intelligence that have so far been considered mostly in separation. Epistemic planning has applications in game playing, human-robot interaction, social robotics, etc.

For this special issue of AIJ, we invite papers on theory, applications, and implemented systems of epistemic planning.

How to submit

Please submit your article using the Elsevier Editorial System (http://ees.elsevier.com/artint). To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified as submissions for the special issue, select Special Issue - Epistemic Planning when you reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline and the reviewing process of each manuscript will start immediately after submission. Preliminary versions of the papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) on the special issue website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Important dates

- Submission deadline: 1 October 2018
- Notification: 1 February 2019

Guest editors

- Vaishak Belle, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
- Thomas Bolander, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
- Andreas Herzig, CNRS, IRIT Toulouse, France
- Bernhard Nebel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany