Empowering a Cyber-Physical System for a Modular Conveyor System with Self-organization

  • José Barbosa
  • Paulo Leitão
  • Joy Teixeira
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 762)


The Industry 4.0 advent, advocating the digitalization and transformation of current production systems towards the factories of future, is introducing significant social and technological challenges. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) can be used to realize these Industry 4.0 compliant systems, integrating several emergent technologies, such as Internet of Things, big data, cloud computing and multi-agent systems. The paper analyses the advantages of using biological inspiration to empower CPS, and particularly those developed using distributed and intelligent paradigms such as multi-agent systems technology. For this purpose, the self-organization capability, as one of the main drivers in this industrial revolution is analysed, and the way to translate it to solve complex industrial engineering problems is discussed. Its applicability is illustrated by building a self-organized cyber-physical conveyor system composed by different individual modular and intelligent transfer modules.


Cyber-physical systems Multi-agent systems Self-organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of BragançaCampus Sta ApolóniaBragançaPortugal
  2. 2.LIACC–Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science LaboratoryPortoPortugal
  3. 3.INESC-TECPortoPortugal

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