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A framework for the development of multi-agent systems in supply chain management

: Hellingrath, Bernd; Böhle, Carsten; Hueth, Jan van


Sprague, R.H. ; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2009 : Waikoloa, Hawaii, 5 - 8 Jan. 2009
Piscataway: IEEE, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3450-3
ISBN: 978-1-4244-4197-6
9 pp.
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) <42, 2009, Waikoloa/Hawaii>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IML ()
framework; multi-agent system; Supply Chain; supply chain management; management

The application of multi-agent systems in the context of supply chain management has been much discussed during the last years and several implementations have emerged within research. Yet very few applications are actually being used in practice. The reason for this lies in an existing gap between domain concepts and agent technology, which complicates the application oriented development. A framework can support this process in order to devise customized and flexible solutions by providing the necessary agent modules and a supply chain management specific ontology. Within this paper, an analysis of requirements on multi-agent systems that stem from the domain of supply chain management is carried out. This forms the basis for the development of the architecture of the multi-agent framework whose design and implementation is described. In the following, common modules are designed and implemented to provide both a sophisticated and generic basis for specific projects.