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Combining Breadth-First and Depth-First Strategies in Searching for Treewidth

AAAI Conferences

Breadth-first and depth-first search are basic search strategies upon which many other search algorithms are built. In this paper, we describe an approach to integrating these two strategies in a single algorithm that combines the complementary strengths of both. We report preliminary computationl results using the treewidth problem as an example.


Combining Breadth-First and Depth-First Strategies in Searching for Treewidth

AAAI Conferences

Breadth-first and depth-first search are basic search strategies upon which many other search algorithms are built. In this paper, we describe an approach to integrating these two strategies in a single algorithm that combines the complementary strengths of both. We show the benefits of this approach using the treewidth problem as an example.


A Breadth-First Approach to Memory-Efficient Graph Search

AAAI Conferences

Recent work shows that the memory requirements of A* and related graph-search algorithms can be reduced substantially by only storing nodes that are on or near the search frontier, using special techniques to prevent node regeneration, and recovering the solution path by a divide-and-conquer technique. When this approach is used to solve graph-search problems with unit edge costs, we have shown that a breadth-first search strategy can be more memory-efficient than a best-first strategy. We provide an overview of our work using this approach, which we call breadth-first heuristic search.


Stackelberg Planning: Towards Effective Leader-Follower State Space Search

AAAI Conferences

Inspired by work on Stackelberg security games, we introduce Stackelberg planning, where a leader player in a classical planning task chooses a minimum-cost action sequence aimed at maximizing the plan cost of a follower player in the same task. Such Stackelberg planning can provide useful analyses not only in planning-based security applications like network penetration testing, but also to measure robustness against perturbances in more traditional planning applications (e. g. with a leader sabotaging road network connections in transportation-type domains). To identify all equilibria---exhibiting the leader’s own-cost-vs.-follower-cost trade-off---we design leader-follower search, a state space search at the leader level which calls in each state an optimal planner at the follower level. We devise simple heuristic guidance, branch-and-bound style pruning, and partial-order reduction techniques for this setting. We run experiments on Stackelberg variants of IPC and pentesting benchmarks. In several domains, Stackelberg planning is quite feasible in practice.


Plaku

AAAI Conferences

This paper presents a framework for motion planning with dynamics as hybrid search over the continuous space of feasible motions and the discrete space of a low-dimensional workspace decomposition. Each step of the hybrid search consists of expanding a frontier of regions in the discrete space using cost heuristics as guide followed by sampling-based motion planning to expand a tree of feasible motions in the continuous space to reach the frontier. The approach is geared towards robots with many degrees-of-freedom (DOFs), nonlinear dynamics, and nonholonomic constraints, which make it difficult to follow discrete-search paths to the goal, and hence require a tight coupling of motion planning and discrete search. Comparisons to related work show significant computational speedups.