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Decentralized Control of Automatic Guided Vehicles: applying multi-agent systems in practice
Katholieke University Leuven.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1162-0817
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
2008 (English)In: Proceeding OOPSLA Companion '08 Companion to the 23rd ACM SIGPLAN conference on Object-oriented programming systems languages and applications, 2008, 663-674 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An automatic guided vehicle (AGV) transportation system is a fully automated system that provides logistic services in an industrial environment such as a warehouse or a factory. Traditionally, the AGVs that execute the transportation tasks are controlled by a central server via wireless communication. In a joint effort between Egemin, an industrial manufacturer of AGV transportation systems, and DistriNet Labs research at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, we developed an innovative decentralized architecture for controlling AGVs. The driving motivations behind decentralizing the control of AGVs were new and future quality requirements such as flexibility and openness. At the software architectural level, the AGV control system is structured as a multi-agent system; the detailed design and implementation is object-oriented. In this paper, we report our experiences with developing the agent-based control system for AGVs. Starting from system requirements, we give an overview of the software architecture and we zoom in on a number of concrete functionalities. We reflect on our experiences and report lessons learned from applying multi-agent systems for real-world AGV control.

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2008. 663-674 p.
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Software Engineering
Research subject
Computer Science, Software Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19340DOI: 10.1145/1449814.1449819ISBN: 978-1-60558-220-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19340DiVA: diva2:530445
Conference
23th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications
Available from: 2012-06-01 Created: 2012-06-01 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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