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Article: Agent-based modeling of supply chains for distributed scheduling

TitleAgent-based modeling of supply chains for distributed scheduling
Authors
KeywordsAgent-based modeling
distributed scheduling
information sharing
project scheduling
supply chain
Issue Date2006
PublisherIEEE.
Citation
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems & Humans, 2006, v. 36 n. 5, p. 847-861 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper considers a supply chain that comprises multiple independent and autonomous enterprises (project managers) that seek and select various contractors to complete operations of their project. Both the project managers and contractors jointly determine the schedules of their operations while no single enterprise has complete information of other enterprises. The centralized scheduling approach that can usually obtain good global performance but must share nearly complete information that is difficult or even impractical due to the distributed nature of real-life supply chains. This paper proposes an agent-based supply chain model to support distributed scheduling. A modified contract-net protocol (MCNP) is proposed to enable more information sharing among the enterprises than conventional CNP. Experimental simulation studies are conducted to compare and contrast the performances of the centralized [centralized heuristic (CTR)], conventional CNP, and MNCP approaches. The results show that MCNP outperforms CNP and performs comparably with CTR when project complexity is high in terms of the total supply chain operating cost. Moreover, it is found that although CTR is better than MCNP in terms of global performance, MCNP yields good schedule stability when facing unexpected disturbances.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44870
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dc.contributor.authorLau, JSKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHuang, GQen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMak, HKLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLiang, Len_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-30T06:12:09Z-
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dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems & Humans, 2006, v. 36 n. 5, p. 847-861en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1083-4427en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis paper considers a supply chain that comprises multiple independent and autonomous enterprises (project managers) that seek and select various contractors to complete operations of their project. Both the project managers and contractors jointly determine the schedules of their operations while no single enterprise has complete information of other enterprises. The centralized scheduling approach that can usually obtain good global performance but must share nearly complete information that is difficult or even impractical due to the distributed nature of real-life supply chains. This paper proposes an agent-based supply chain model to support distributed scheduling. A modified contract-net protocol (MCNP) is proposed to enable more information sharing among the enterprises than conventional CNP. Experimental simulation studies are conducted to compare and contrast the performances of the centralized [centralized heuristic (CTR)], conventional CNP, and MNCP approaches. The results show that MCNP outperforms CNP and performs comparably with CTR when project complexity is high in terms of the total supply chain operating cost. Moreover, it is found that although CTR is better than MCNP in terms of global performance, MCNP yields good schedule stability when facing unexpected disturbances.en_HK
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dc.rights©2006 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAgent-based modelingen_HK
dc.subjectdistributed schedulingen_HK
dc.subjectinformation sharingen_HK
dc.subjectproject schedulingen_HK
dc.subjectsupply chainen_HK
dc.titleAgent-based modeling of supply chains for distributed schedulingen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1109/TSMCA.2005.854231en_HK
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