Efficient SAT approach to multi-agent path finding under the sum of costs objective Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • Abstract. In the multi-agent path finding (MAPF) the task is to find non-conflicting paths for multiple agents. In this paper we present the first SAT-solver for the sum-of-costs variant of MAPF which was previously only solved by search-based methods. Using both a lower bound on the sum-of-costs and an upper bound on the makespan, we are able to have a reasonable number of variables in our SAT encoding. We then further improve the encoding by borrowing ideas from ICTS, a search-based solver. Experimental evaluation on several domains showed that there are many scenarios where the new SAT-based method outperforms the best variants of previous sumof-costs search solvers-the ICTS and ICBS algorithms.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016