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A multi-agent approach for the capacity allocation problem

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Production Economics
0925-5273
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
66
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0925-5273(00)00004-9
Keywords
  • Capacity Allocation
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Distributed Systems
  • Negotiation
Disciplines
  • Computer Science

Abstract

Abstract This paper proposes a new approach for the problem of allocating production capacity to multiple requirements, based on the Multi-Agents paradigm. The proposed system is a distributed, decentralised system that presents many advantages over the traditional centralised algorithms. Among the others it is more flexible, more reactive, and easily understandable. Moreover, a prototype of personal digital assistant is described. Such an assistant is able to support distributed decision-making in companies where several product lines compete for the same resources, in a contest of swiftly changing and scarcely foreseeable demand.

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