TY - GEN

T1 - Searching with increasing speeds

AU - Gąsieniec, Leszek

AU - Kijima, Shuji

AU - Min, Jie

N1 - Funding Information:
This work was initiated while the first author visited Kyushu University. The work is partly supported by JST PRESTO Grant Number JPMJPR16E4 and Networks Sciences and Technologies (NeST) EEECS School initiative, University of Liverpool.
Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018.

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - In the classical search problem on the line or in higher dimension one is asked to find the shortest (and often the fastest) route to be adopted by a robot R from the starting point s towards the target point t located at unknown location and distance D. It is usually assumed that robot R moves with a fixed unit speed 1. It is well known that one can adopt a “zig-zag” strategy based on the exponential expansion, which allows to reach the target located on the line in time ≤9D and this bound is tight. The problem was also studied in two dimensions where the competitive factor is known to be O(D). In this paper we study an alteration of the search problem in which robot R starts moving with the initial speed 1. However, during search it can encounter a point or a sequence of points enabling faster and faster movement. The main goal is to adopt the route which allows R to reach the target t as quickly as possible. We study two variants of the considered search problem: (1) with the global knowledge and (2) with the local knowledge. In variant (1) robot R knows a priori the location of all intermediate points as well as their expulsion speeds. In this variant we study the complexity of computing optimal search trajectories. In variant (2) the relevant information about points in P is acquired by R gradually, i.e., while moving along the adopted trajectory. Here the focus is on the competitive factor of the solution, i.e., the ratio between the solutions computed in variants (2) and (1). We also consider two types of search spaces with points distributed on the line and subsequently with points distributed in two-dimensional space.

AB - In the classical search problem on the line or in higher dimension one is asked to find the shortest (and often the fastest) route to be adopted by a robot R from the starting point s towards the target point t located at unknown location and distance D. It is usually assumed that robot R moves with a fixed unit speed 1. It is well known that one can adopt a “zig-zag” strategy based on the exponential expansion, which allows to reach the target located on the line in time ≤9D and this bound is tight. The problem was also studied in two dimensions where the competitive factor is known to be O(D). In this paper we study an alteration of the search problem in which robot R starts moving with the initial speed 1. However, during search it can encounter a point or a sequence of points enabling faster and faster movement. The main goal is to adopt the route which allows R to reach the target t as quickly as possible. We study two variants of the considered search problem: (1) with the global knowledge and (2) with the local knowledge. In variant (1) robot R knows a priori the location of all intermediate points as well as their expulsion speeds. In this variant we study the complexity of computing optimal search trajectories. In variant (2) the relevant information about points in P is acquired by R gradually, i.e., while moving along the adopted trajectory. Here the focus is on the competitive factor of the solution, i.e., the ratio between the solutions computed in variants (2) and (1). We also consider two types of search spaces with points distributed on the line and subsequently with points distributed in two-dimensional space.

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U2 - 10.1007/978-3-030-03232-6_9

DO - 10.1007/978-3-030-03232-6_9

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:85056470198

SN - 9783030032319

T3 - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

SP - 126

EP - 138

BT - Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems - 20th International Symposium, SSS 2018, Proceedings

A2 - Izumi, Taisuke

A2 - Kuznetsov, Petr

PB - Springer Verlag

T2 - 20th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems, SSS 2018

Y2 - 3 November 2018 through 6 November 2018

ER -