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  • In this article, we consider a multi-agent path planning problem in a partially impeded environment. The impeded environment is represented by a graph with select road segments (edges) in disrepair impeding vehicular movement in the road network. A convoy wishes to travel from a starting location to a destination while minimizing some accumulated cost. The convoy may traverse an impeded edge for an additional cost (associated with repairing the edge) than if it were unimpeded. A second vehicle, referred to as a service vehicle, is simultaneously deployed with the convoy. The service vehicle assists the convoy by repairing an edge, reducing the cost for the convoy to traverse that edge. The convoy is permitted to wait at any vertex to allow the service vehicle to complete repairing an edge. The service vehicle is permitted to terminate its path at any vertex. The goal is then to find a pair of paths so the convoy reaches its destination while minimizing the total time (cost) the two vehicles are active, including any time the convoy waits. We refer to this problem as the Assisted Shortest Path Problem (ASPP). We present a generalized permanent labeling algorithm to find an optimal solution for the ASPP. We also introduce additional modifications to the labeling algorithm to significantly improve the computation time and refer to the modified labeling algorithm as $GPLA^*$. Computational results are presented to illustrate the effectiveness of $GPLA^*$ in solving the ASPP. We then give concluding remarks and briefly discuss potential variants of the ASPP for future work.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bhadoriya, A. S., Montez, C., Rathinam, S., Darbha, S., Casbeer, D. W., & Manyam, S. G.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Bhadoriya, Abhay Singh||Montez, Christopher||Rathinam, Sivakumar||Darbha, Swaroop||Casbeer, David W||Manyam, Satyanarayana G

Book Title

  • arXiv

publication date

  • April 2022