A Framework for the Development of Cooperative Configuration Agents
The integration of configuration systems to support supply chain integration of configurable products is still an open research issue. Current configurator approaches are designed for solving local configuration problems but there is no support for the integration of multiple configuration systems. In order to facilitate distributed configuration of customizable products we employ cooperating configuration agents capable of managing requests and posting configuration subtasks to remote configuration agents. For integrating different knowledge representation formalisms of configuration agents we apply broadly used configuration domain specific modeling concepts to design shareable ontologies which can be interpreted by other agents. These concepts are defined as UML (Unified Modeling Language) stereotypes which can be automatically translated into a configuration agent’s knowledge representation.
KeywordsProduct Model Extensible Markup Domain Description Logical Sentence Open Research Issue
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