I am Principal Investigator (PI) on the following funded projects:

Explaining the Space of Plans

(AFOSR: $1m, 2018-2023)

This project is conducted jointly with Jorg Hoffmann at Saarland University. It is funded by AFOSR (U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research). Explainability of AI methods is one of the grand challenges at this time. Model-based AI lends itself naturally to this purpose, as it takes decisions based on explicit reasoning about world behaviour as captured in the model. The difficulty then lies in actually making such reasoning -- enumerating vast spaces of alternate possibilities -- amenable to human users. Our central thesis in this project is that this can be naturally done in terms of explaining the space of plans, pointing out the most relevant plan properties and their dependencies.

Intelligent Situational Awareness Platform

(InnovateUK: £130k, 2018-2019)

This project is funded by InnovateUK and in collaboration with Sirius Constellation Ltd. The ambitious goal of this project is to create an intelligent situational awareness platform, in the domain of real-time satellite data, where the operator will be able to understand why the platform has drawn a particular conclusion or recommended response. This project will develop the use of explainable planning for use with near-real-time situational awareness information, demonstrating the commercial and operational benefits.

A Realtime Autonomous Robot Navigation Framework

(Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology, 2018-2021)

This project is in collaboration with Sungkyunkwan University and Redone Technologies. The goal of the project is to apply Artificial Intelligence Planning to long-term missions in several robotics scenarios. The project will develop new planning techniques based on strategic-tactical decomposition, in order to scale to large domains and long-horizon missions.

KCL/NASA Collaboration on Planning Technologies for the ISS

(KCL Impact Acceleration Grant: 2018-2020)

This project is funded by KCL and is in collaboration with NASA Ames. The project aims to develop new ROSPlan functionalities. One of the goals of this project is to enable ROSPlan with capabilities that could allow its use on board the International Space Station (ISS), for robot task planning.