problem asks whether two guards can walk to detect an unpredictable, moving target in a polygonal region
, no matter how fast the target moves, and if so, construct a walk schedule of the guards. For safety, two guards are required to always be mutually visible, and thus, they move on the polygon boundary. Specially, a
requires both guards to monotonically move on the boundary of
from beginning to end, one clockwise and the other counterclockwise.
The objective of this paper is to find an optimum straight walk such that the
distance between the two guards is minimized. We present an
) time algorithm for optimizing this metric, where
is the number of vertices of the polygon
. Our result is obtained by investigating a number of new properties of the
walks and converting the problem of finding an optimum walk in the min-max metric into that of finding a shortest path between two nodes in a graph. This answers an open question posed by Icking and Klein.