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This article presents a review and a classification of interactive optimization methods. These interactive methods are used for solving optimization problems. The interaction with an end user or decision maker aims at improving the efficiency of the optimization procedure, enriching the optimization model, or informing the user regarding the solutions(More)
Due to new economical challenges and recent trends regarding international trade and globalization, many companies from the Canadian forest products industry are now facing the need to reengineer their organizational processes and business practices with their partners. This paper proposes an architecture which aims to enable the development of advanced(More)
This paper studies the case of a supply chain made up of autonomous facilities (represented by software agents). They need to coordinate their manufacturing operations in order to optimize customer satisfaction. Most of the coordination mechanisms used in practice can be described as heuristics. We show how they can be generalized to consider the entire(More)
This paper investigates the robustness of different tactical planning and control policies for a softwood supply chain using an agent-based environment that simulates a distributed APS (advanced planning and scheduling) system and its corresponding supply chain operations. Simulations were modelled using a novel agent-based methodology combined with a(More)
Emergency response operations in electric distribution systems involve a host of decision-making problems at the reliability, performance monitoring and evaluation, and contingency planning levels. Those operations include fault diagnosis, fault location, fault isolation, restoration, and repair. As the first of a two-part survey, this paper reviews(More)
Agent-based technology provides a natural approach to model supply chain networks. Each production unit, represented by an agent, is responsible for planning its operations and uses communication to coordinate with the others. In this paper, we study a softwood lumber supply chain made of three planning units (sawing unit, drying unit and finishing unit).(More)