vPlanSim: An Open Source Graphical Interface for the Visualisation and Simulation of AI Systems

Authors

  • Jamie O. Roberts School of Engineering, Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, The University of Edinburgh EPSRC CDT in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
  • Georgios Mastorakis Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Brad Lazaruk Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Santiago Franco Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Adam A. Stokes School of Engineering, Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, The University of Edinburgh
  • Sara Bernardini Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London

Keywords:

User Interface Design, Visualization, And Explanation For A Planning And Scheduling Application, Experiences In Development, Deployment, And Maintenance Of Planning And Scheduling Applications, Engineering Issues In Using Planning And Scheduling Techniques, Assessment Of Impact On End Users

Abstract

We introduce vPlanSim, an open source tool to aid in AI PDDL development. This tool is primarily aimed at researchers and developers who need a visual representation of their planning problem so that they can make useful insights into the performance of their system, and also to naturally convey their system to others. It is an open-source tool which allows a user to quickly and easily visualise a target environment to generate the problem files and also to visualise a plan. It is particularly well suited to spatial planning problems. This paper will demonstrate vPlanSim on 2D and 3D planning problems. vPlanSim is based on a small and carefully considered set of dependencies such as VTK and PyQt. It can be set up on different platforms and compiled from source with minimal effort. The code is and maintained via a clear code review mechanism. We welcome contributions from the open-source community.

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Published

2021-05-17

How to Cite

Roberts, J. O., Mastorakis, G., Lazaruk, B., Franco, S., Stokes, A. A., & Bernardini, S. (2021). vPlanSim: An Open Source Graphical Interface for the Visualisation and Simulation of AI Systems. Proceedings of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, 31(1), 486-490. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICAPS/article/view/15995