ExtraPlanT as a Multi-Agent System for Extra-Enterprise Collaboration
Jiri Vokrínek (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), Jiri Hodík (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), Michal Pechoucek (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), Petr Becvár (Certicon Corp., Czech Republic) and Jiri Pospíšil (Certicon Corp., Czech Republic)
Copyright: © 2008
The ExtraPlanT system addresses the concept of the extra-enterprise production planning in order to manage efficient resource allocation not only within the enterprise, but also at the company external environments (e.g., suppliers, co-operators involved in the supply chain, or virtual organization environments).
Key Terms in this Chapter
Public Knowledge: Information available to everyone in the system (e.g., enterprise name, address, and scope of interest).
Intra-Enterprise (IE) Agent: An agent operating in the intra-enterprise level of the system.
Enterprise-to-Enterprise (E2E) Agent: An agent that establishes extra-enterprise cooperation and collaboration by proactively connection of external E2E agents.
Semi-Private Knowledge: Information shared within the members of the cluster or alliance (e.g., availability of resources).
Agent: Autonomous software or hardware entity loosely coupled into a multi-agent system. Operation of an agent-based system is based on collaborative (or sometimes self-interested) interactions of agents.
Agentification: Process of integration of software and hardware equipment already existing in the enterprise into a multi-agent system.
Virtual Organization: A cluster composed by independent companies cooperating on the extra-enterprise level.
Tri-Base Acquaintance Model: A social knowledge model of the agent composed by three separate bases: cooperator base, state base, and task base. It has been originally developed for project-driven production planning.
Extra-Enterprise Level: The part of the system operating outside of boundaries of a company. In this level, the cooperation with the customers/suppliers, supply chain planning and optimization, and simulation is taken into account.
ExtraPlanT: Multi-agent system for extra-enterprise cooperation and collaboration by proactively communicating external agents based on ProPlanT technology.
e-Cat: Concept and research prototype of a catalogue for advertising and searching competencies and profiles within a cluster of cooperating partners. It is based on hybrid peer-to-peer architecture supported by two centralized units ensuring identity of partners and common understanding of competencies that are advertised within the community.
Extra-Enterprise (EE) Agent: An agent operating in the extra-enterprise level of the system.
ProPlanT: Multi-agent technology/methodology for decision-making support in the manufacturing domain. It supports production planning, scheduling, and simulation on the intra-enterprise and extra-enterprise level.
ExPlanTech: Multi-agent system for intra-enterprise production planning and simulation based on ProPlanT technology.
Intra-Enterprise Level: The part of the system operating inside a company. It should include planning and scheduling internal activities, simulation, and product/process flows of the company.
Private Knowledge: Information owned and administered by an individual itself. The private knowledge is not shared and can include collaboration preferences, restrictions, but also planning and scheduling algorithms and criteria.