Paul Valckenaers

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In the last ten years, we have been researching multi-agent systems for manufacturing control, and gained elaborate experience both in fundamental research as well as in practical case studies. Today, we reflect on our work and make two observations. The first observation is that MAS software for real-world manufacturing control is enormously complex in(More)
This paper describes and discusses a novel design and a prototype implementation for manufacturing control systems, aimed at handling changes and disturbances. This novel design utilizes the concept of a multi-agent system. Agents in this system use an indirect coordination mechanism, called stigmergy. Stigmergy is a class of mechanisms that mediate(More)
A self-organising system functions without central control , and through contextual local interactions. Components achieve a simple task individually, but a complex collective behaviour emerges from their mutual interactions. Such a system modifies its structure and functionality to adapt to changes to requirements and to the environment based on previous(More)
In order to cope with today's dynamic environment the described manufacturing control system is designed as a self-organising multi-agent system. The design of this novel system implements the PROSA reference architecture [12]. Coordination among agents is done indirectly through a pheromone-based dissipative field as is done by social insects in(More)
This paper addresses MAS environments from an application perspective. It presents a structured view on environment-centric MAS applications. This comprises three base configurations, which MAS applications may apply directly or combine into a composite configuration. For each configuration, the paper presents key issues, requirements and opportunities(More)