Building Distribution Networks Using Cooperating Agents

Building Distribution Networks Using Cooperating Agents

N. Urquhart (Napier University, Scotland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-984-7.ch037
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This chapter examines the use of emergent computing to optimize solutions to logistics problems. The chapter initially explores the use of agents and evolutionary algorithms to optimise postal distribution networks. The structure of the agent community and the means of interaction between agents is based on social interactions previously used to solve these problems. The techniques developed are then adapted for use in a dynamic environment planning the despatch of goods from a supermarket. These problems are based on real-world data in terms of geography and constraints. The author hopes that this chapter will inform researchers as to the suitability of emergent computing in real-world scenarios and the abilities of agent-based systems to mimic social systems.

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