Self-adaptive Probabilistic Roadmap Generation for Intelligent Virtual Agents

Katrina Samperi, Nelly Bencomo and Peter R. Lewis
In Eighth IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO), pp 129-138. IEEE Computer Society Press, 2014.

Agents inhabiting large scale environments are faced with the problem of generating maps by which they can navigate. One solution to this problem is to use probabilistic roadmaps which rely on selecting and connecting a set of points that describe the interconnectivity of free space. However, the time required to generate these maps can be prohibitive, and agents do not typically know the environment in advance. In this paper we show that the optimal combination of different point selection methods used to create the map is dependent on the environment; no point selection method dominates. This motivates a novel self-adaptive approach for an agent to combine several point selection methods. The success rate of our approach is comparable to the state of the art and the generation cost is substantially reduced. Self-adaptation therefore enables a more efficient use of the agent’s resources. Results are presented for both a set of archetypal scenarios and large scale virtual environments based in Second Life, representing real locations in London.

@inproceedings{samperi_et_al_saso_2014,
author = {Katrina Samperi and Nelly Bencomo and Peter R. Lewis},
title = {Self-adaptive Probabilistic Roadmap Generation for Intelligent Virtual Agents},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th IEEE Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO)},
year = {2014},
publisher = {IEEE Computer Society Press},
pages = {129--138}
}