Effective Approximations for Multi-Robot Coordination in Spatially Distributed Tasks

Claes, D, Robbel, P, Oliehoek, F, Tuyls, K, Hennes, D and Van Der Hoek, W
(2015) Effective Approximations for Multi-Robot Coordination in Spatially Distributed Tasks. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2015). 881 - 890.

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Although multi-robot systems have received substantial re- search attention in recent years, multi-robot coordination still remains a difficult task. Especially, when dealing with spatially distributed tasks and many robots, central control quickly becomes infeasible due to the exponential explosion in the number of joint actions and states. We propose a gen- eral algorithm that allows for distributed control, that over- comes the exponential growth in the number of joint actions by aggregating the effect of other agents in the system into a probabilistic model, called subjective approximations, and then choosing the best response. We show for a multi-robot grid world how the algorithm can be implemented in the well studied Multiagent Markov Decision Process framework, as a sub-class called spatial task allocation problems (SPAT- APs). In this framework, we show how to tackle SPATAPs using online, distributed planning by combining subjective agent approximations with restriction of attention to current tasks in the world. An empirical evaluation shows that the combination of both strategies allows to scale to very large problems, while providing near-optimal solutions.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2015 08:23
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 10:30
URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2021199

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