6.3 Cell Decompositions

Section 6.2.2 introduced the vertical cell decomposition to solve the motion planning problem when $ {\cal C}_{obs}$ is polygonal. It is important to understand, however, that this is just one choice among many for the decomposition. Some of these choices may not be preferable in 2D; however, they might generalize better to higher dimensions. Therefore, other cell decompositions are covered in this section, to provide a smoother transition from vertical cell decomposition to cylindrical algebraic decomposition in Section 6.4, which solves the motion planning problem in any dimension for any semi-algebraic model. Along the way, a cylindrical decomposition will appear in Section 6.3.4 for the special case of a line-segment robot in $ {\cal W}= {\mathbb{R}}^2$.


Steven M LaValle 2012-04-20