Multi-agent Systems in Industry: Current Trends & Future Challenges

  • Paulo Leitao
Part of the Topics in Intelligent Engineering and Informatics book series (TIEI, volume 4)


This paper introduces the multi-agent systems paradigm and presents some industrial applications of this AI approach, namely in manufacturing, handling and logistics domains. The road-blockers for the current weak adoption of this technology in industry are also discussed, and finally the current trends and several future challenges are pointed out to increase the wider dissemination and acceptance of the multi-agent technology in industry.


Multiagent System Distribute Control System Logistics Domain Intelligent Physical Agent Cooperative Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo Leitao
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  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of BragançaBragançaPortugal
  2. 2.Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science LaboratoryPortoPortugal

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