An Analysis of Agent-Based Approaches to Transport Logistics

Many new techniques, tools and methods in the area of agent technology have been applied or could be applied to transportation and traffic management. This paper surveys existing research on these agent-based approaches. A framework for describing and assessing this work is presented and systematically applied. The authors adopt a logistics perspective, focusing on freight transportation. However, when relevant, work addressing traffic and transportation of people is also considered. The authors identify a number of positive aspects in the current state of agent-based approaches to logistics, including the fact that: (1) many different approaches have been suggested and investigated; (2) many of the logistics problems that have been studied have characteristics that closely match those of an ideal agent technology; and (3) agent technology seems to have contributed significantly to the advancement of the state-of-the-art, especially in the areas of road and air traffic management. However, findings also suggest that the research in this area is still immature, with few field studies and few deployed systems. The suggested agent-based approaches also have often not been evaluated properly, and some problem areas seem under-studied.


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  • Accession Number: 01005800
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 2005 12:01AM