Building distribution networks using cooperative agents.

Urquhart, Neil B (2006) Building distribution networks using cooperative agents. In: Handbook of Research on Nature Inspired Computing for Economics and Management. Idea Group Reference, Hershey-PA, USA, pp. 465-482. ISBN 1-59140-984-5

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This chapter examines the use of emergent computing to optimize solutions to logistics problems. The chapter initially explores the use of agents and evolutionary algorithms to optimize postal distribution networks. The structure of the agent community and the means of interaction between agents is based on social interactions previously used to solve these problems. The techniques developed are then adapted for use in a dynamic environment planning the dispatch of goods from a supermarket. These problems are based on real-world data, in terms of geography and constraints. The author hopes that this will inform researchers as to the suitability of emergent computing in real-world scenarios and the abilities of agent based systems to mimic social systems.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-59140-984-5
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distribution networks; emergent computing; logistics; evolutionary algorithms; agent community; real-world; social systems;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3458
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 10:44
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 15:40

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