Semantic Extension of Agent-Based Control: The Packing Cell Case Study

  • Pavel Vrba
  • Miloslav Radakovič
  • Marek Obitko
  • Vladimír Mařík
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5696)


The paper reports on the latest R&D activities in the field of agent-based manufacturing control systems. It is documented that this area becomes strongly influenced by the advancements of semantic technologies like the Web Ontology Language. The application of ontologies provides the agents with much more effective means for handling, exchanging and reasoning about the knowledge. The ontology dedicated for semantic description of orders, production processes and material handling tasks in discrete manufacturing domain has been developed. In addition, the framework for integration of this ontology in distributed, agent-based control solutions is given. The Manufacturing Agent Simulation Tool (MAST) is used as a base for pilot implementation of the ontology-powered multiagent control system; the packing cell environment is selected as a case study.


manufacturing distributed control multi-agent systems semantics ontologies semantic web 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Vrba
    • 1
  • Miloslav Radakovič
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marek Obitko
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vladimír Mařík
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Rockwell Automation Research CenterPrague 5Czech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical EngineeringCzech Technical University in PraguePrague 6Czech Republic

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