The Open Motion Planning Library

I. A. Şucan, M. Moll, and L. E. Kavraki, “The Open Motion Planning Library,” IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, vol. 19, pp. 72–82, Dec. 2012.


We describe the Open Motion Planning Library (OMPL), a new library for sampling-based motion planning, which contains implementations of many state-of-the-art planning algorithms. The library is designed in a way that allows the user to easily solve a variety of complex motion planning problems with minimal input. OMPL facilitates the addition of new motion planning algorithms and it can be conveniently interfaced with other software components. A simple graphical user interface (GUI) built on top of the library, a number of tutorials, demos and programming assignments have been designed to teach students about sampling-based motion planning. Finally, the library is also available for use through the Robot Operating System (ROS).


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