Online event. November 3-12, 2021.
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Planning in the presence of background ontologies is a topic of long-standing interest in AI. It combines the problems of (1) belief update complexity and (2) state-space combinatorics. DL-Lite offers an attractive solution to (1), with belief updates possible at the ABox level. Indeed, it has been shown that DL-Lite planning can be compiled into the commonly used planning language PDDL. Yet that compilation was previously found to be infeasible for off-the-shelf planning systems. Here we analyze the reasons for this problem and find that the bottleneck lies in the planner pre-processes, in particular in the naïve DNF transformations used to compile the PDDL input into the planners' internal representations. Consequently, we design a PDDL pre-compiler realizing a polynomial DNF transformation. We leverage a particular PDDL language feature ("derived predicates") to avoid the need for excessive control structure. Our pre-compiler turns out to be quite effective: the previous bottleneck disappears, and experiments on a broad range of benchmarks demonstrate the first practical technology for DL-Lite planning.