AbstractG. Belov, W. Du, M. Garcia de la Banda, D. Harabor, S. Koenig and X. Wei. From Multi-Agent Pathfinding to 3D Pipe Routing. In Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS), pages 11-19, 2020.
Abstract: The 2D Multi-Agent Path Finding (MAPF) problem aims at finding collision-free paths for a number of agents, from a set of start locations to a set of goal locations in a known 2D environment. MAPF has been studied in theoretical computer science, robotics, and artificial intelligence over several decades, due to its importance for robot navigation. It is currently experiencing significant scientific progress due to its relevance for automated warehouses (such as those operated by Amazon) and other important application areas. In this paper, we demonstrate that some recently developed MAPF algorithms apply more broadly than currently believed in the MAPF research community. In particular, we describe the 3D Pipe Routing (PR) problem, which aims at placing collision-free pipes from given start locations to given goal locations in a known 3D environment. The MAPF and PR problems are similar: a solution to a MAPF instance is a set of blocked cells in x-y-t space, while a solution to the corresponding PR instance is a set of blocked cells in x-y-z space. We show how to use this similarity to apply several recently developed MAPF algorithms to the PR problem, and discuss their performance on real-world PR instances. This opens up a new direction of industrial relevance for the MAPF research community.
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