Federated multi-agent scheduling in Virtual enterprises

Ricardo J. Rabelo, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Luis M. Camarinha-Matos

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This paper presents an approach on how the cooperation among autonomous agents can be properly supported and enhanced by a federated database when supporting a distributed multi-agent scheduling scenario in a Virtual Enterprise, is envisaged. The innovative concept investigated in this paper considers that the data is not sent from one agent to the other via a high-level protocol, as is the case in the traditional push strategy, but rather through the pull strategy, via accessing the respective agents ' federated database. Thus, the high-level protocol is applied for coordination and activity control purposes only, separating the control from data, and preserving the privacy of each of them by means of the federated database-based approach. This work is partially developed in the context of the! NCO MASSYVE project and also uses some results produced in the ESPRIT PRODNET II project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-156
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Virtual corporation
  • Autonomous agents
  • Database systems


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