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Optimal Path Planning Generation for Mobile Robots using Parallel Evolutionary Artificial Potential Field

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In this paper, we introduce the concept of Parallel Evolutionary Artificial Potential Field (PEAPF) as a new method for path planning in mobile robot navigation. The main contribution of this proposal is that it makes possible controllability in complex real-world sceneries with dynamic obstacles if a reachable configuration set exists. The PEAPF outperforms the Evolutionary Artificial Potential Field (EAPF) proposal, which can also obtain optimal solutions but its processing times might be prohibitive in complex real-world situations. Contrary to the original Artificial Potential Field (APF) method, which cannot guarantee controllability in dynamic environments, this innovative proposal integrates the original APF, evolutionary computation and parallel computation for taking advantages of novel processors architectures, to obtain a flexible path planning navigation method that takes all the advantages of using the APF and the EAPF, strongly reducing their disadvantages. We show comparative experiments of the PEAPF against the APF and the EAPF original methods. The results demonstrate that this proposal overcomes both methods of implementation; making the PEAPF suitable to be used in real-time applications.

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Montiel, O., Sepúlveda, R. & Orozco-Rosas, U. Optimal Path Planning Generation for Mobile Robots using Parallel Evolutionary Artificial Potential Field. J Intell Robot Syst 79, 237–257 (2015).

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