@techreport{AlbersHenzinger97,
TITLE = {Exploring unknown environments},
AUTHOR = {Albers, Susanne and Henzinger, Monika R.},
LANGUAGE = {eng},
NUMBER = {MPI-I-1997-1-017},
INSTITUTION = {Max-Planck-Institut f{\"u}r Informatik},
ADDRESS = {Saarbr{\"u}cken},
YEAR = {1997},
DATE = {1997},
ABSTRACT = {We consider exploration problems where a robot has to construct a complete map of an unknown environment. We assume that the environment is modeled by a directed, strongly connected graph. The robot's task is to visit all nodes and edges of the graph using the minimum number $R$ of edge traversals. Koutsoupias~\cite{K} gave a lower bound for $R$ of $\Omega(d^2 m)$, and Deng and Papadimitriou~\cite{DP} showed an upper bound of $d^{O(d)} m$, where $m$ is the number edges in the graph and $d$ is the minimum number of edges that have to be added to make the graph Eulerian. We give the first sub-exponential algorithm for this exploration problem, which achieves an upper bound of $d^{O(\log d)} m$. We also show a matching lower bound of $d^{\Omega(\log d)}m$ for our algorithm. Additionally, we give lower bounds of $2^{\Omega(d)}m$, resp.\ $d^{\Omega(\log d)}m$ for various other natural exploration algorithms.},
TYPE = {Research Report / Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik},
}