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Indonesia and he was an associate professor at Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. Consequently, he returned to K.U.Leuven where he is presently full professor in mechatronics and automation and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was a pioneer in robotics research in Europe and an active promotor of the mechatronics idea as a new(More)
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 presents a multi-agent coordination and control system for railroad networks. The system is an extension of a framework that implements the PROSA reference architecture augmented with forecasting mechanisms. PROSA targets coordination & control problems in manufacturing environments. The existing framework was extended for railroad control(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)