Name Control of Manufacturing Systems using Societies of Evolutive Agents
Funding Reference FCT - POSI/P/EEI/12175/1998
Dates 1999|2004

In this project, the problems raised by the development, utilization and implementation of both hierarchical and heterarchical control architectures for manufacturing systems (MS) are studied and identified. The goal is to develop a hybrid control architecture where the lower levels are implemented through a heterarchical structure, using a new paradigm of distributed (knowledge) representation called “Societies of Agents”. The upper levels are structured into a hierarchy where the top levels provide orders for bottom levels, as usual. In terms of equipment and layout it is assumed that the shop floor is (physical or virtually) divided into a set of manufacturing cells, each one capable of producing a predefined set of products. A single agent represents each cell, which is capable of interacting within a society of similar agents.

Research Groups Intelligent Robots and Systems Group (IRSg)
ISR/IST Responsible
Luís Custódio
[1] Bruno Damas, Luís Custódio, Pedro Lima, "A Modified Potential Fields Method for Robot Navigation Applied to Dribbling in Robotic Soccer", Proc. of RoboCup Symposium, Fukuoka, Japan, 2002 - PDF
[2] Bruno Damas, Pedro Lima, Luís Custódio, "Navegacao Entre Obstaculos Usando Um Metodo de Campos de Potencial Modificados", Actas do Encontro Cientifico do Robotica 2002 - Festival Nacional de Robotica, 2002 - PDF
[3] Pedro Lima, Luís Custódio, "Artificial Intelligence and Systems Theory Applied to Cooperative Robots: the SocRob Project", Actas do Encontro Cientifico do Robotica 2002 - Festival Nacional de Robotica, 2002 - PDF
[4] Rui Carvalho, "Concepção de um Sistema Multi-Agente para a Resolução de Problemas de Cadeias de Produção-Distribuição", Master Thesis, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
[5] Vasco Pires, Miguel Arroz, Luís Custódio, "Logic Based Hybrid Decision System for a Multi-robot Team", Proc. 8th Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2004 - PDF
[6] Rui Carvalho, Luís Custódio, "A Multi-agent Systems Approach for Managing Supply-Chain Problems", IBERAGENTS 2004 - 5th Iberoamerican Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, 9th Ibero-American Conference on artificial intelligence (IBERAMIA 2004), Mexico, 2004
[7] João Rodrigues, Hans Du Buf, "Concepcao de um Sistema Multi-Agente para a Resolucao de Problemas de Cadeias de Producao-Distribuicao", 5ª Conferencia da Associacao Portuguesa de Sistemas de Informacao, CAPSI, Lisboa, Portugal, 2005
[8] Vasco Pires, Miguel Arroz, Luís Custódio, Pedro Lima, Isabel Ribeiro, "Distributed Deliberative Decision System for a Multi-Robot", Proc. Scientific Meeting of the 4th Portuguese Robotics Festival, Porto, Portugal, pp. 127-134, 2004