A Novel Multi-agent Based Complex Process Control System and Its Application

  • Yi-Nan Guo
  • Jian Cheng
  • Dun-wei Gong
  • Jian-hua Zhang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences book series (LNCIS, volume 344)


Complex process control systems need a hybrid control mode, which combines hierarchical structure with decentralized control units. Autonomy of agents and cooperation capability between agents in multi-agent system provide basis for realization of the hybrid control mode. A novel multi-agent based complex process control system is proposed. Semantic representation of a control-agent is presented utilizing agent-oriented programming. A novel temporal logic analysis of a control-agent is proposed using Petri nets. Collaboration relationships among control-agents are analyzed based on extended contract net protocol aiming at the lack of reference [1]. Taken pressure control of recycled gas with complicated disturbances as an application, five kinds of control-agents are derived from control-agent. Reachable marking tree and different transition of each derived control-agent are analyzed in detail. Actual running effect indicates multi-agent based hybrid control mode is rationality and flexible. Temporal logic analysis based on Petri nets ensures the reachability of the systems. Extended contract net protocol provides a reasonable realization for collaboration relationships.


Coke Oven Switching Process Reference Pressure Activation Intention Periodical Disturbance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi-Nan Guo
    • 1
  • Jian Cheng
    • 1
  • Dun-wei Gong
    • 1
  • Jian-hua Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Information and Electronic EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhou, JiangsuChina

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