Multi-agent-based agile scheduling

R. J. Rabelo, L. M. Camarinha-Matos, H. Afsarmanesh

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The multi-agent systems paradigm represents one of the most promising approaches to the development of agile scheduling systems in manufacturing. Innovative and balanced perspectives of multi-agent approaches to agile scheduling are discussed in this paper, and several achieved results and current developments are described. The description of the multi-agent framework emphasizes the use of negotiation mechanism to improve the scheduling flexibility, as well as the aspects of information integration, communication and coordination in a community of agents. For information integration and management various approaches are addressed and the utilization of a distributed/federated database management system is suggested. Finally, some innovative aspects for agile scheduling are introduced, particularly in the context of virtual enterprise environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalRobotics And Autonomous Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 1999


  • scheduling algorithms
  • Virtual corporation
  • Agile manufacturing systems
  • Computer integrated manufacturing
  • Flexible manufacturing systems
  • Information management
  • Management information systems


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