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A novel path planning approach for smart cargo ships based on anisotropic fast marching

Yan, X-P, Wang, S-W, Ma, F, Liu, Y-C and Wang, J (2020) A novel path planning approach for smart cargo ships based on anisotropic fast marching. Expert Systems with Applications, 159. ISSN 0957-4174

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Path planning is an essential tool for smart cargo ships that navigate in coastal waters, inland waters or other crowded waters. These ships require expert and intelligent systems to plan safe paths in order to avoid collision with both static and dynamic obstacles. This research proposes a novel path planning approach based on the anisotropic fast marching (FM) method to specifically assist with safe operations in complex marine navigation environments. A repulsive force field is specially produced to describe the safe area distribution surrounding obstacles based on the knowledge of human. In addition, a joint potential field is created to evaluate the travel cost and a gradient descent method is used to search for appropriate paths from the start point to the end point. Meanwhile, the approach can be used to constantly optimize the paths with the help of the expert knowledge in collision avoidance. Particularly, the approach is validated and evaluated through simulations. The obtained results show that it is capable of providing a reasonable and smooth path in a crowded waters. Moreover, the ability of this approach exhibits a significant contribution to the development of expert and intelligent systems in autonomous collision avoidance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 01 Mathematical Sciences, 08 Information and Computing Sciences, 09 Engineering
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 12:26
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.eswa.2020.113558
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13978
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