Today I read a published paper “Multidimensional Online Robot Motion”
The abstract is:
We consider three related problems of robot movement in arbitrary dimensions: coverage, search, and navigation. For each problem, a spherical robot is asked to accomplish a motion-related task in an unknown environment whose geometry is learned by the robot during navigation. The robot is assumed to have tactile and global positioning sensors. We view these problems from the perspective of (non-linear) competitiveness as defined by Gabriely and Rimon. We first show that in 3 dimensions and higher, there is no upper bound on competitiveness: every online algorithm can do arbitrarily badly compared to the optimal. We then modify the problems by assuming a fixed clearance parameter. We are able to give optimally competitive algorithms under this assumption.