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Title: Mobility problems in distributed search and combinatorial games
Author: Lamprou, I.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7659 0430
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis examines a collection of topics under the general notion of mobility of agents. We examine problems where a set of entities, perceived as robots or tokens, navigate in some given (discrete or continuous) environment to accomplish a goal. The problems we consider fall under two main research fields. First, Distributed Search where the agents cooperate to explore their environment or search for a specific target location within it. Second, Combinatorial Games, in the spirit of Pursuit-Evasion, where the agents are now divided into two groups with complementary objectives competing against each other. More specifically, we consider three distinct problems: disk evacuation, exploration of dynamic graphs and eternal domination. In Disk Evacuation, two robots with different speeds aim to discover an unknown exit lying on the boundary of a unit disk. For a wide range of speeds, we provide matching upper and lower bounds. In Dynamic Graph Exploration, we analyze the exploration time for a randomly-walking agent wishing to visit all the vertices of a stochastically-evolving graph. In Eternal Domination, we consider rectangular grid graphs and upper bound the amount of guard agents needed to perpetually defend the vertices against an attacker.
Supervisor: Martin, Russell ; Schewe, S. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral