INDIN’11: first GRACE simulation

Lisbon, Portugal, 26th -29th July 2011

The results from the simulation of an agent-based manufacturing system for a washing machine production line, using the NetLogo platform, was presented in the 9th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN’11).
The conference focuses in the recent developments, deployments, technology trends and research results related to industrial informatics and their application.

Title of Contribution
Simulation of Multi-agent Manufacturing Systems using Agent-based Modelling Platforms
José Barbosa | Paulo Leitão

Multi-agent systems (MAS) are driving the way to design and engineer control solutions that exhibit flexibility, adaptation and reconfigurability, which are important advantages over traditional centralized systems. The understanding, design and testing of such distributed agent-based approaches, and particularly those exhibiting self-* properties, are usually a hard task. Simulation assumes a crucial role to analyse the behaviour of MAS solutions during the design phase and before its deployment into the real operation. Particularly, Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) tools are well suited to simulate MAS systems that exhibit complex phenomena, like emergent behaviour and self-organization. This paper discusses the simulation of agent-based manufacturing systems and introduces the advantages of using ABM tools. The NetLogo platform is used to illustrate the benefits of such tools in the manufacturing world on the specification of a MAS system for a washing machine production line.

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