Closed-Loop Product Lifecycle Management Based on a Multi-agent System for Decision Making in Collaborative Design

  • Fatima Zahra Berriche
  • Besma ZeddiniEmail author
  • Hubert Kadima
  • Alain Riviere
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9983)


In the collaborative design environment, there is an increasing demand for information exchange and sharing to reduce lead time and to improve product quality and value. Software and communication technologies can be a relevant approach in this context, using for instance PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systems. Each product lifecycle development phase generates knowledge, and managing this knowledge can be placed in a closed-loop. In this paper, we present a research in progress that exposes a collaborative architecture based on a multi-agent system which aims to support the knowledge management process in the closed-loop. This is a new strategic approach to manage the product lifecycle information efficiently in a distributed environment. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the use of DOCK (Design based on Organization, Competence and Knowledge) methodology for the design of our multi-agent system and to demonstrate how to handle intelligent knowledge via a use case study.


Product lifecycle management Knowledge management Intelligent knowledge Multi-agent systems Collaborative design 



This paper reflects only the authors’ views. The work reported is carried out by the PLACIS project, which has received research funding from French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fatima Zahra Berriche
    • 1
  • Besma Zeddini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hubert Kadima
    • 1
  • Alain Riviere
    • 2
  1. 1.Quartz LaboratoryEISTICergyFrance
  2. 2.Quartz LaboratorySUPMECASaint OuenFrance

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