Publication Date

April 2014

Advisor(s)

Daniel Krizanc

Major

Computer Science

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis introduces the Dynamic Map Visitation Problem (DMVP), in which a team of agents must visit a collection of critical locations as quickly as possible, in an environment that may change rapidly and unpredictably during the agents' navigation. We apply recent formulations of time-varying graphs (TVGs) to DMVP, shedding new light on the computational hierarchy $\mathcal{R} \supset \mathcal{B} \supset \mathcal{P}$ of TVG classes by analyzing them in the context of graph navigation. We provide hardness results for all three classes, and for several restricted topologies, we show a separation between the classes by showing severe inapproximability in $\mathcal{R}$, limited approximability in $\mathcal{B}$, and tractability in $\mathcal{P}$. We also give topologies in which DMVP in $\mathcal{R}$ is fixed parameter tractable, which may serve as a first step toward fully characterizing the features that make DMVP difficult.

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