Prioritized Multi-agent Path Finding for Differential Drive Robots

Konstantin Yakovlev1, Anton Andreychuk2, and Vitaly Vorobyev3
1Federal Research Center "Computer Science and Control" of Russian Academy of Sciencies, Russia
2Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Russia
3National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute", Russia

Methods for centralized planning of the collisionfree trajectories for a fleet of mobile robots typically solve the discretized version of the problem and rely on numerous simplifying assumptions, e.g. moves of uniform duration, cardinal only translations, equal speed and size of the robots etc., thus the resultant plans can not always be directly executed by the real robotic systems. To mitigate this issue we suggest a set of modifications to the prominent prioritized planner – AA-SIPP(m) – aimed at lifting the most restrictive assumptions (syncronized translation only moves, equal size and speed of the robots) and at providing robustness to the solutions. We evaluate the suggested algorithm in simulation and on differential drive robots in typical lab environment (indoor polygon with external video-based navigation system). The results of the evaluation provide a clear evidence that the algorithm scales well to large number of robots (up to hundreds in simulation) and is able to produce solutions that are safely executed by the robots prone to imperfect trajectory following. The video of the experiments can be found at\_irn4BG0