Multiagent Coordination Enabling Autonomous Logistics

  • Arne Schuldt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Logistics Requirements

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  3. Multiagent-Based Approach

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  4. Application and Evaluation

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-272

About this book


This book describes the implementation of autonomous control with multiagent technology. Therewith, it tackles the challenges of supply network management caused by the complexity, the dynamics, and the distribution of logistics processes. The paradigm of autonomous logistics reduces the computational complexity and copes with the dynamics locally by delegating process control to the participating objects. As an example, shipping containers may themselves plan and schedule their way through logistics networks in accordance with objectives imposed by their owners. The technologies enabling autonomous logistics are thoroughly described and reviewed. The presented solution has been used in a realistic simulation of real-world container logistics processes. The validation shows that autonomous control is feasible and that it outperforms the previous centralised dispatching approach by significantly increasing the resource utilisation efficiency. Moreover, the multiagent system relieves human dispatchers from dealing with standard cases, giving them more time to solve exceptional cases appropriately.


Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Control Logistics Multiagent Systems Supply Chain Management

Authors and affiliations

  • Arne Schuldt
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  1. 1., Technologie-Zentrum InformatikUniversität BremenBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-20091-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-20092-2
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