Planning in the Browser

Tran, Nicolas and Speicher, Patrick and Künnemann, Robert and Backes, Michael and Torralba, Àlvaro and Hoffmann, Jörg
(2020) Planning in the Browser.
In: System Demonstration at the 30th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS'20), October 2020.
Conference: ICAPS International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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Abstract

Traditionally, planning tools are designed as applications that users need to install, taking care of the specificities of their operating system, packages, etc. This often places a significant burden on users, especially due to the academic nature of the software. To remedy this situation, here we propose for planning to jump onto the growing trend of light-weight software use: We demonstrate the possibility to run planning tools directly in the browser. We used the emscripten framework to port Fast Downward into WebAssembly (WASM) code, which allows for in-browser execution at near-native speeds. This allows for in-browser PDDL editing and planner execution without the need for server-side resource management. Moreover, it opens up a host of new possibilities, ranging from the interactive presentation of planning-based analysis to new applications exploiting the availability of planning in browsers to perform user-centric analyses.

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