Performance Assessment in Self-organising Mechatronic Systems: A First Step towards Understanding the Topology Influence in Complex Behaviours

Pedro Neves, Luis Ribeiro, Mauro Onori, Jose Barata

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Abstract

The research and development of self-organising mechatronic systems has been a hot topic in the past 10 years which conducted to very promising results in the close past. The proof of concept attained in IDEAS project [1] that plug&produce can be achieved in these systems opens up new research horizons on the topics of system design, configuration and performance evaluation. These topics need to consider that the systems are no longer static prototypes but instead several distributed components that can be added and removed in runtime. The distribution of modules in the system and their inherent connections will then potentially affect the system's global behaviour. Hence it is vital to understand the impact on performance as the system endures changes that affect its topology. This article presents an exploratory test case that shows that as a system evolves (and the nature of the network of its components changes) the performance of the system is necessarily affected in a specific direction. This performance landscape is necessarily complex and very likely nonlinear. Simulation plays therefore an important role in the study of these systems as a mean to generate data that can be later on used to generate macro level knowledge that may act as a guideline to improve both design and configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnological Innovation for Collective Awareness Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS 2014)
EditorsLM CamarinhaMatos, NS Barrento, R Mendonca
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Pages75-84
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-54734-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-54733-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS) - Costa da Caparica, Portugal
Duration: 7 Apr 20149 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Volume423
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X

Conference

Conference5th IFIP WG 5.5/SOCOLNET Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems (DoCEIS)
CountryPortugal
CityCosta da Caparica
Period7/04/149/04/14

Keywords

  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Performance Assessment
  • Evolvable Production Systems
  • Self-Organizing Systems
  • Simulation

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