A Multi-Agent Architecture for a Dynamic Supply Chain Management

Jose Alberto R. P. Sardinha, Marco S. Molinaro, Patrick M. Paranhos, Pedro M. Cunha, Ruy L. Milidiu, Carlos J. P. de Lucena

Supply chain management (SCM) is a very challenging problem that is leveraging the e-commerce explosion. Today’s supply chains are essentially static, because they rely on long-term relationships among key trading partners. Dynamic practices are vital because they offer better matches between suppliers and customers as market conditions change. This paper presents a flexible architecture for dealing with the next generation of SCM problems, based on a distributed multi-agent architecture of a dynamic supply chain. We define intelligent agent roles that tackle sub problems of a dynamic SCM. We also present an implementation of this architecture used in the international test bed for SCM solutions, the Trading Agent SCM competition, as well as some experimental results.

Subjects: 7.1 Multi-Agent Systems; 7.2 Software Agents

Submitted: Feb 13, 2006

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