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We study the problem of exploring an unknown, strongly connected directed graph. Starting at some node of the graph, we must visit every edge and every node at least once. The goal is to minimize the number of edge traversals. It is known that the competitive ratio of online algorithms for this problem depends on the deficiency d of the graph, which is the… (More)

How efficiently can we search an unknown environment for a goal in unknown position? How much would it help if the environment were known? We answer these questions for simple polygons and for general graphs, by providing online search strategies that are as good as the best offline search algorithms, up to a constant factor. For other settings we prove… (More)

The problem of localization, i.e. of a robot nding its position on a map, is an important task for autonomous mobile robots. It has applications in numerous areas of robotics ranging from aerial photography to autonomous vehicle exploration. In this paper we present a new strategy for a robot to nd its position on a map where the map is represented as a… (More)

We consider the problem of a searcher that looks, for example, for a lost flashlight in a dusty environment. The search agent finds the flashlight as soon as it crosses the ray emanating from the flashlight, and in order to pick it up, the searcher has to move to the origin of the light beam. First, we give a search strategy for a special case of the ray… (More)

In this paper we present our ideas for an Arimaa-playing program (also called a bot) that uses plans and pattern matching to guide a highly selective search. We restrict move generation to moves in certain move categories to reduce the number of moves considered by the bot significantly. Arimaa is a modern board game that can be played with a standard Chess… (More)

We define simple-regular expressions and languages. Simple-regular languages provide a necessary condition for a language to be outfix-free. We design algorithms that compute simple-regular languages from finite-state automata. Furthermore, we investigate the complexity blowup from a given finite-state automaton to its simple-regular language automaton and… (More)