Integration of risk in hierarchical path planning of underwater vehicles
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionIFAC-PapersOnLine. 2016, 49 (23), 226-231. 10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.10.347
This paper focuses on path planning problems integrating the risk of collision. This challenge is crucial regarding the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for inspection, maintenance and repair operations. The solving of this problem in a reasonable amount of time enables integration of path planning in the AUV control architecture and, by this way, enhances its autonomy capability. Classical approaches rely on the A-Star algorithm to solve this problem, but the heuristic associated to the collision risk appears to be inefficient in some cases. Based on the hierarchical technique, i.e., HPA-Star, another approach is proposed. It leads to paths close to the optimal ones calculated in a faster way. The performances are illustrated in the context of a multi criteria optimization: minimal length and minimal risk path planning.