This paper presents a multi-agent architecture that facilitates the development of real-time multi-agent systems based on the SIMBA approach. The approach allows the integration of unbounded deliberative processes with critical real-time tasks. CBP-BDI deliberative agents collaborate with ARTIS agents in order to solve real-time problems efficiently. The proposal has been successfully tested and evaluated in a case study based on the use of mobile robots for mail delivery.
Abstract. The application of multi-agent systems to real-time environments is an interesting line of work that can provide new solutions to very complex and restrictive systems such as real-time systems. A suitable method for real-time multi-agent system development must take into account the intrinsic characteristics of systems of this type. This work presents an approach for the development of real-time multi-agent systems. The proposed method is called RT-MESSAGE and is based on the MESSAGE methodology.
Nowadays fully integrated enterprises are being replaced by business networks in which each participant provides others with specialized services. As a result, the Service Oriented Manufacturing Systems emerges. These systems are complex and hard to engineer. The main source of complexity is the number of different technologies, standards, functions, protocols, and execution environments that must be integrated in order to realize them. This paper proposes a framework and associated engineering approach for assisting the system developers of Service Oriented Manufacturing Systems. The approach combines Multi-agent system with Service Oriented Architectures for the development of intelligent automation control and execution of manufacturing systems.
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