A Distributed Barge Planning Game

  title={A Distributed Barge Planning Game},
  author={Martijn R. K. Mes and Maria-Eugenia Iacob and Jos van Hillegersberg},
In this paper, we address a complex issue in the coordination of supply chains: the optimization of the alignment of barge and terminal operations in the Port of Rotterdam. Our research goal is to design a distributed multi-agent and service-oriented system architecture, which solves the barge handling problem through information exchange and a decision support system based on intelligent alignment of proposals. In order to validate this solution, we implement it by means of both a system and a… 

Agent-Based Support for Container Terminals to Make Appointments with Barges

A container terminal that has to make appointments with barges dynamically with only limited knowledge about future arriving barges is considered, and in the view of uncertainty and disturbances, it is concluded that a terminal can increase its utilization significantly by using various sources of flexibility in the operational planning.

A Simulation Game for Anticipatory Scheduling of Synchromodal Transport

This paper designs and implements a game, called Trucks & Barges, which simulates a logistics service provider that needs to assign containers to barges and trucks on a daily basis and discusses how active learning by means of the game facilitates the adoption of an anticipatory perspective when scheduling synchromodal transport operations.

Multi-agent Systems

This chapter provides an introduction into MASs, and focuses on the use of MASs for manufacturing and logistics, as well as reviewing the literature on this topic.

Anticipatory freight scheduling in synchromodal transport

This work develops mathematical models and heuristic algorithms that support anticipatory scheduling decisions in synchromodal transport based on traditional scheduling methods for multi-modal transport considered in the literature, and evaluates the output of the models and algorithms using simulation-based experiments to provide insights into their efficiency gains.

State of the Practice: A Review of the Application of OR/MS in Freight Transportation

The state of the practice in OR and freight transportation is described, highlighting recent successful and widely used analytical techniques in oceanic transportation and port operations, and barge, freight rail, intermodal, truck load, less than truckload, and air freight transportation, as well as the use of OR techniques in third-party logistics.



Aligning barge and terminal operations using service-time profiles

The Multi-Agent system that is introduced enables barge and terminal operators to align their operations efficiently and can be seen as a promising solution approach for solving the barge handling problem, since it enables (competing) companies to collaborate in a competitive way.

The Anatomy of a Design Theory

This essay aims to extend the work of Walls, Widemeyer and El Sawy (1992) on the specification of information systems design theories (ISDT), drawing on other streams of thought on design research and theory to provide a basis for a more systematic and useable formulation of these theories.

A Design Science Research Methodology for Information Systems Research

The designed methodology effectively satisfies the three objectives of design science research methodology and has the potential to help aid the acceptance of DS research in the IS discipline.

Design Science in Information Systems Research

The objective is to describe the performance of design-science research in Information Systems via a concise conceptual framework and clear guidelines for understanding, executing, and evaluating the research.

Anatomy of a Design Theory, JAIS

  • 2007

Design research in information systems research

  • MIS Quarterly
  • 2004