Assessing optimal assignment under uncertainty: An interval-based algorithm Conference Paper uri icon


  • We consider the problem of multi-robot task-allocation when robots have to deal with uncertain utility estimates. Typically an allocation is performed to maximize expected utility; we consider a means for measuring the robustness of a given optimal allocation when robots have some measure of the uncertainty (e.g. a probability distribution, or moments of such distributions). We introduce the interval Hungarian algorithm, a new algorithm that extends the classic KuhnMunkres Hungarian algorithm to compute the maximum interval of deviation, for each entry in the assignment matrix, which will retain the same optimal assignment. The algorithm has a worst-case time complexity of O( n4) ; we also introduce a parallel variant with O( n3) running time, which is able to exploit the concurrent computing capabilities of distributed multi-robot systems. This provides an efficient measurement of the tolerance of the allocation to the uncertainties and dynamics, for both a specific interval and a set of interrelated intervals. We conduct experiments both in simulation and with physical robots to validate the approach and to gain insight into the effect of location uncertainty on allocations for multi-robot multi-target navigation tasks.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, L., & Shell, D. A.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Lantao||Shell, Dylan A

publication date

  • June 2011