AbstractJ. Wang, J. Li, H. Ma, S. Koenig and S. Kumar. A New Constraint Satisfaction Perspective on Multi-Agent Path Finding: Preliminary Results [Short Paper]. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), pages (in print), 2019.
Abstract: In this paper, we adopt a new perspective on the Multi-Agent Path Finding (MAPF) problem and view it as a Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP). A variable corresponds to an agent, its domain is the set of all paths from the start vertex to the goal vertex of the agent, and the constraints allow only conflict-free paths for each pair of agents. Although the domains and constraints are only implicitly defined, this new CSP perspective allows us to use successful techniques from CSP search. With the concomitant idea of using matrix computations for calculating the size of the reduced domain of an uninstantiated variable, we apply Dynamic Variable Ordering and Rapid Random Restarts to the MAPF problem. In our experiments, the resulting simple polynomial-time MAPF solver, called Matrix MAPF solver, either outperforms or matches the performance of many state-of-the-art solvers for the MAPF problem and its variants.
Download the paper in pdf.
Many publishers do not want authors to make their papers available electronically after the papers have been published. Please use the electronic versions provided here only if hardcopies are not yet available. If you have comments on any of these papers, please send me an email! Also, please send me your papers if we have common interests.
This page was automatically created by a bibliography maintenance system that was developed as part of an undergraduate research project, advised by Sven Koenig.