Fine-tuning negotiation time in multi-agent manufacturing systems

Wing Lok YEUNG

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Global market competition has put intense pressure on the manufacturing industry to become more agile and responsive to market changes. Multi-agent systems (MAS) provide a decentralised control architecture that can reduce complexity, increase flexibility, and enhance fault tolerance for manufacturing systems. Shop floor control applications can be designed based on the paradigm of agent negotiation. This often involves the contract net protocol (CNP) and previous research has suggested that the timing parameters of CNP can affect significantly the performance of agent negotiation. This chapter discusses the combinatorial variations of these parameters using a discrete-event simulation case study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAENG transactions on engineering technologies : special volume of the World Congress on Engineering 2012
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789400761896
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Cycle time
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Negotiation protocol
  • Performance
  • Simulation
  • Work-in-progress


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