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Title: Simulation of multi-agent manufacturing systems using agent-based modelling platforms
Authors: Barbosa, José
Leitão, Paulo
Keywords: Multi-agent systems
Manufacturing systems
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: Barbosa, José; Leitão, Paulo (2011) - Simulation of multi-agent manufacturing systems using agent-based modelling platforms. In Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN’11). Lisbon, Portugal. p. 477-482
Abstract: Multi-agent systems (MAS) are driving the way to design and engineer control solutions that exhibit flexibility, adaptation and reconfigurability, which are important advantages over traditional centralized systems. The understanding, design and testing of such distributed agentbased approaches, and particularly those exhibiting self-* properties, are usually a hard task. Simulation assumes a crucial role to analyse the behaviour of MAS solutions during the design phase and before its deployment into the real operation. Particularly, Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) tools are well suited to simulate MAS systems that exhibit complex phenomena, like emergent behaviour and self-organization. This paper discusses the simulation of agent-based manufacturing systems and introduces the advantages of using ABM tools. The NetLogo platform is used to illustrate the benefits of such tools in the manufacturing world on the specification of a MAS system for a washing machine production line.
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