Multiagent Coordination Enabling Autonomous Logistics

Multiagent Coordination Enabling Autonomous Logistics

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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.nies in the forwarding business additionally carry out transport and storage services themselves (Vahrenkamp, 2007, p. ... In contract logistics, the service provider also provides value-added services that exceed the primary logistics functions.

Title:Multiagent Coordination Enabling Autonomous Logistics
Author:Arne Schuldt
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-07-21


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