A multi-agent system for modular platform design in a dynamic electronic market environment

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Abstract

Electronic markets and web-based supply chain management have improved traditional product development processes by increasing the participation of customers and applying various trading processes between companies and suppliers in a dynamic electronic market environment. A multiagent system is an appropriate tool to implement a product development system in a distributed environment because of its flexibility, scalability, and adaptability. This paper introduces a multi-agent system (MAS) based on market mechanisms to support modular platform design. The agent architecture for the proposed MAS is described, including specific agent roles, knowledge, and strategies. In particular, a reputation mechanism is used to select stable and reputable modules for the platform by detecting and dismissing volatile modules in a dynamic electronic market environment. We demonstrate the implementation of the proposed MAS using a multi-agent development framework and how to use module reputation for selecting a module for the platform. Through experiments, we illustrate that the MAS can be used to design modules in a product platform using the proposed market mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information In Engineering Conference, DETC2006
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Print)079183784X, 9780791837849
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information In Engineering Conference, DETC2006 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2006Sep 13 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume2006

Other

Other2006 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information In Engineering Conference, DETC2006
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period9/10/069/13/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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