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Title: Combining adaptation and optimization in bio-inspired multi-agent manufacturing systems
Authors: Barbosa, José
Leitão, Paulo
Pereira, Ana I.
Keywords: Multi-agent systems
Manufacturing Systems
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: Barbosa, José; Leitão, Paulo; Pereira, Ana I, (2011) - Combining adaptation and optimization in bio-inspired. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE’11). Gdansk, Poland. p.1773-1778 .
Abstract: Global markets impose strong requirements to manufacturing domain in terms of flexibility, robustness and reconfigurability. The multi-agent systems (MAS) paradigm is suitable to handle such requirements, introducing an alternative way to design complex, agile and adaptive systems. However, MAS based solutions may suffer of myopia due to the local optimal decision-making performed by the autonomous distributed agents having a partial knowledge of the problem. This paper depicts the optimization problem in MAS, particularly having in mind the achievement of adaptation, and explores the contributions that biology can offer to handle this issue. Two bio-inspired MAS solutions for routing pallets in a real assembly system are described to illustrate how optimization and adaptation can be combined.
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