Robotics: Science and Systems XIV

The Critical Radius in Sampling-based Motion Planning

Kiril Solovey, Michal Kleinbort


We develop a new analysis of sampling-based motion planning in Euclidean space with uniform random sampling, which significantly improves upon the celebrated result of Karaman and Frazzoli (2011) and subsequent work. Particularly, we prove the existence of a critical connection radius proportional to Theta(n^(-1/d)) for n samples and d dimensions: Below this value the planner is guaranteed to fail (similarly shown by the aforementioned work, ibid.). More importantly, for larger radius values the planner is asymptotically (near-)optimal. Furthermore, our analysis yields an explicit lower bound of 1-O(n^(-1)) on the probability of success. A practical implication of our work is that asymptotic (near-)optimality is achieved when each sample is connected to only Theta(1) neighbors. This is in stark contrast to previous work which requires Theta(log n) connections, that are induced by a radius of order (log n/n)^(1/d). Our analysis is not restricted to PRM and applies to a variety of PRM-based planners, including RRG, FMT* and BTT. Continuum percolation plays an important role in our proofs.



    AUTHOR    = {Kiril Solovey AND Michal Kleinbort}, 
    TITLE     = {The Critical Radius in Sampling-based Motion Planning}, 
    BOOKTITLE = {Proceedings of Robotics: Science and Systems}, 
    YEAR      = {2018}, 
    ADDRESS   = {Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania}, 
    MONTH     = {June}, 
    DOI       = {10.15607/RSS.2018.XIV.017}