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This paper defines THOMAS, an open architecture and computational model for large-scale open multi-agent systems based on a service-oriented approach, specifically addressed for the design of virtual organizations.
We present a new hybrid algorithm for local search in distributed combinatorial optimization. This method is a mix between classical local search methods in which nodes take decisions based only on local information, and full inference methods that guarantee completeness. We propose LS-DPOP(k), a hybrid method that combines the advantages of both these… (More)
7 8 Abstract 9 This paper presents a multi-agent architecture that facilitates the development of real-time multi-agent systems based on the SIMBA 10 approach. The approach allows the integration of unbounded deliberative processes with critical real-time tasks. CBP-BDI deliberative 11 agents collaborate with ARTIS agents in order to solve real-time… (More)
The therapeutic potential of peptide growth factors as insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) is currently under intense scrutiny in a wide variety of diseases, including neurodegenerative illnesses. A new poly(lactic-co-glycolide)-based microsphere IGF-I controlled release formulation for subcutaneous (SC) delivery has been developed by a triple emulsion… (More)
This paper presents a system architecture which is based on the multi-agent system paradigm for solving complex problems. This architecture is applied to solve the port container terminal management problem, and specifically to solve the automatic container allocation. The multi-agent systems paradigm seems to fit this problem due to its inherent… (More)