Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 177–186

Competitive Algorithms for Maintaining a Mobile Center


    • Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Texas at Dallas
  • Binay Bhattacharya
    • School of Computing ScienceSimon Fraser University
  • David Kirkpatrick
    • Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of British Columbia
  • Michael Segal
    • Communication Systems Engineering DepartmentBen-Gurion University of the Negev

DOI: 10.1007/s11036-006-4470-z

Cite this article as:
Bereg, S., Bhattacharya, B., Kirkpatrick, D. et al. Mobile Netw Appl (2006) 11: 177. doi:10.1007/s11036-006-4470-z


In this paper we investigate the problem of locating a mobile facility at (or near) the center of a set of clients that move independently, continuously, and with bounded velocity. It is shown that the Euclidean 1-center of the clients may move with arbitrarily high velocity relative to the maximum client velocity. This motivates the search for strategies for moving a facility so as to closely approximate the Euclidean 1-center while guaranteeing low (relative) velocity.

We present lower bounds and efficient competitive algorithms for the exact and approximate maintenance of the Euclidean 1-center for a set of moving points in the plane. These results serve to accurately quantify the intrinsic velocity approximation quality tradeoff associated with the maintenance of the mobile Euclidean 1-center.


approximation algorithmsfacility locationonline strategies

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