AAAI Publications, Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Multiagent Connected Path Planning: PSPACE-Completeness and How to Deal With It
Davide Tateo, Jacopo Banfi, Alessandro Riva, Francesco Amigoni, Andrea Bonarini

Last modified: 2018-04-26

Abstract


In the Multiagent Connected Path Planning problem (MCPP), a team of agents moving in a graph-represented environment must plan a set of start-goal joint paths which ensures global connectivity at each time step, under some communication model. The decision version of this problem asking for the existence of a plan that can be executed in at most a given number of steps is claimed to be NP-complete in the literature. The NP membership proof, however, is not detailed. In this paper, we show that, in fact, even deciding whether a feasible plan exists is a PSPACE-complete problem. Furthermore, we present three algorithms adopting different search paradigms, and we empirically show that they may efficiently obtain a feasible plan, if any exists, in different settings.

Keywords


Multiagent Path Planning; Connected Path Planning; Planning on graphs

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