The bacterial foraging optimisation (BFO) algorithm is a commonly adopted bio-inspired optimisation algorithm. However, BFO is not a proper choice in coping with continuous global path planning in the context of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). In this paper, a grid partition-based BFO algorithm, named AS-BFO, is proposed to address this issue in which the enhancement is contributed by the involvement of the A* algorithm. The chemotaxis operation is redesigned in AS-BFO. Through repeated simulations, the relative optimal parameter combination of the proposed algorithm is obtained and the most influential parameters are identified by sensitivity analysis. The performance of AS-BFO is evaluated via five size grid maps and the results show that AS-BFO has advantages in USV global path planning.
Long, Y., Zuo, Z., Su, Y., Li, J., & Zhang, H. (2020). An A*-based Bacterial Foraging Optimisation Algorithm for Global Path Planning of Unmanned Surface Vehicles. Journal of Navigation. https://doi.org/doi:10.1017/S0373463320000247