Multiagent Coordination Enabling Autonomous Logistics
This book describes the implementation of autonomous control with multiagent technology. Therewith, it tackles the challenges of supply network management caused by the complexity, the dynamics, and the distribution of logistics processes. The paradigm of autonomous logistics reduces the computational complexity and copes with the dynamics locally by delegating process control to the participating objects. As an example, shipping containers may themselves plan and schedule their way through logistics networks in accordance with objectives imposed by their owners. The technologies enabling autonomous logistics are thoroughly described and reviewed. The presented solution has been used in a realistic simulation of real-world container logistics processes. The validation shows that autonomous control is feasible and that it outperforms the previous centralised dispatching approach by significantly increasing the resource utilisation efficiency. Moreover, the multiagent system relieves human dispatchers from dealing with standard cases, giving them more time to solve exceptional cases appropriately.
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actual Algorithm allocation applied approach autonomous control autonomous entities autonomous logistics entities autonomous logistics networks behaviour Bremen Bremerhaven broker capacity cargo units Chapter communication complexity computational considered container terminals control in logistics coordination costs decentralised decision-making decrease defined demand description logics descriptors distribution dynamics existing teams Figure FIPA Germany handling Heidelberg holonic human dispatcher identified implementation instance integer partitions Intelligent interac interaction effort interaction protocols load carrier logistics department logistics objectives logistics service providers Logistik means of transport messages Multiagent Systems multiagent-based simulation multicast optimistic pallets port primary logistics functions problem process control properties request respective RFID sales phase Scholz-Reiter Schuldt Section sensor service consumers shipping containers software agents specific Springer-Verlag storage facility storage positions supply network management Tchibo team formation team manager temporal intervals tion tonomous tracking and tracing transport relations trucks utilisation Vahrenkamp warehouse