ANEMONA: A Multi-agent Methodology for Holonic Manufacturing Systems

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 28, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 214 pages
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ANEMONA is a multi-agent system (MAS) methodology for holonic manufacturing system (HMS) analysis and design. ANEMONA defines a mixed top-down and bottom-up development process, and provides HMS-specific guidelines to help designers identify and implement holons. The analysis phase is defined in two stages: System Requirements Analysis, and Holon Identification and Specification. This analysis provides high-level HMS specifications, adopting a top-down recursive approach which provides a set of elementary elements and assembling rules. The next stage is Holon Design, a bottom-up process to produce the system architecture from the analysis models. The Holons Implementation stage produces an Executable Code for the SetUp and Configuration stage. Finally, maintenances functions are executed in the Operation and Maintenance stage. The book will be of interest to researchers and students involved in artificial intelligence and software engineering, and manufacturing engineers in industry and academia.

 

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Contents

544 Goal Decomposition and Goal Dependencies
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55 Interaction Model
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551 Interactions Abstract Agents Roles and Goals
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552 Interactions Interaction Units Abstract Agents Roles and Tasks
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553 Interaction Specification
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554 Interactions and Organizations
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57 Organization Model
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571 Organization Structure
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234 Holonic Control
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235 Methods for HMS Development
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Holons and Agents
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Two Similar Modeling Notions
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321 Autonomy
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323 Proactivity
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324 Sociability
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325 Cooperation
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327 Rationality
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328 Mental Attitudes
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3210 Benevolence
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3213 Physical and Information Processing Part
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34 Abstract Agent
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341 Abstractagent Structure
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35 Conclusion
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HMS Development
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412 Software Engineering Requirements
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42 Holonic Manufacturing System Methodologies
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43 Multiagent System Methods
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432 MAS Methods for Manufacturing Systems
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44 Enterprise Modeling
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45 Comparative Overview
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46 Conclusions
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ANEMONA Notation
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51 ANEMONA Metamodel
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52 Basic Modeling Entities
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53 Agent Model
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531 Abstract Agent and Role
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533 Abstract Agent and Belief
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54 TaskGoal Model
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542 Task Goals and Beliefs
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543 Task Specification
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572 Social Relations Among Autonomous Entities
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573 Organization Functional Definition
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58 Conclusions
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ANEMONA Development Process
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62 A Simplfied Supply Chain Case Study
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63 The Method
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631 System Requirement
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632 Analysis
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633 Design
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634 Holon Implementation
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635 Setup and Configuration
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Evaluation of the ANEMONA Methodology
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71 ANEMONA Applicability to Intelligent Manufacturing Problems
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72 ANEMONA vs StateoftheArt Methods
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73 Conclusions
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Case Study
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811 Organizational ChartDepartments
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812 Business Processes
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813 System Scope
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815 Operation Conditions
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816 Goals
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82 Analysis
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822 Iteration 2
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823 Iteration 3
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83 Design
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832 System Architecture
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84 Conclusions
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Conclusions
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92 Future Work
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References
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Index
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Page 10 - Holon: An autonomous and co-operative building block of a manufacturing system for transforming, transporting, storing and/or validating information and physical objects. The holon consists of an information processing part and often a physical processing part. A holon can be part of another holon. • Autonomy: The capability of an entity to create and control the execution of its own plans and/or strategies. • Co-operation: A process whereby a set of entities develops mutually acceptable plans...
Page 8 - ... turn is part of a larger whole. The strength of holonic organization, or holarchy, is that it enables the construction of very complex systems that are nonetheless efficient in the use of resources, highly resilient to disturbances (both internal and external), and adaptable to changes in the environment in which they exist.
Page 10 - Holarchy: A system of holons that can cooperate to achieve a goal or objective. The holarchy defines the basic rules for cooperation of the holons and thereby limits their autonomy. • Holonic manufacturing system: a holarchy that integrates the entire range of manufacturing activities from order booking through design, production, and marketing to realize the agile manufacturing enterprise.
Page 9 - The objective of the work of the HMS consortium is to "attain in manufacturing the benefits that holonic organisation provides to living organisms and societies, eg, stability in the face of disturbances, adaptability and flexibility in the face of change, and efficient use of available resources
Page 8 - Koestler observed that in living organisms and in social organizations entirely self-supporting, non-interacting entities did not exist. Every identifiable unit of organization, such as a single cell in an animal or a family unit in a society, comprises more basic units (plasma and nucleus, parents and siblings) while at the same time forming a part of a larger unit of organization (a muscle tissue or a community).
Page 8 - Holon is a combination of the Greek word holos, meaning whole, and the suffix on, meaning particle or part.
Page 9 - Defines an organism structurally and functionally as "a hierarchy of self-regulating holons which function (a) as autonomous wholes in supra-ordination to their parts, (b) as dependent parts in subordination to controls on higher levels, (c) in co-ordination with their local environment.

About the author (2008)

Vicente Botti is head of the Group de Tecnologia Informatica - Inteligencia Artificial (GTI-IA) at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. His research interests are real-time artificial intelligence and multiagent systems.

Adriana Giret has a PhD in Computer Science and lectures at the Universidad de Valencia, where she works within the Departamento de Sistemas Informaticos y Computacion. Her research interests are multiagent systems; holonic manufacturing systems; and agent-supported simulation for manufacturing systems.

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