Workshop on supply chain management, International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
A negotiation-based Multi-agent System for Supply Chain Management
April 1, 1999
This paper describes an ongoing effort in developing a Multiagent System (MAS) for supply chain management. In our framework, functional agents can join in, stay, or leave the system. The Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) functionality is implemented through agent-based negotiation. When an order arrives, a virtual supply chain may emerge from the system through automated or semi-automated negotiation processes between functional agents. We present our framework and describe a number of negotiation performatives, which can be used to construct pair-wise and third party negotiation protocols for functional agent cooperation. We also explain how to formally model the negotiation process by using Colored Petri Nets (CPN) and we provide an example of establishing a virtual chain by solving a distributed constraint satisfaction problem.
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