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

Jamie Roberts, Georgios Mastorakis, Brad Lazaruk, Santiago Franco Aixela, Adam Stokes, Sara Bernardini

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 31st International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS 2021)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2021

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