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MULTI-AGENT SYSTEM DESIGN FOR AUTOMATED DOCKING OF SEMI-TRAILERS BY MEANS OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Gerrits, B. (2016) MULTI-AGENT SYSTEM DESIGN FOR AUTOMATED DOCKING OF SEMI-TRAILERS BY MEANS OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES.

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Abstract:In this thesis we develop a generic automated planning and control system based on agent technology for the pick-up and docking of semi-trailers by means of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in a collision- and conflict free environment. To design a comprehensive Multi-Agent System (MAS) we (i) decompose the system into a functional specification, (ii) design agents based on the functional specification, (iii) develop the required interactions between the agents and the environment and (iv) develop the decision capabilities of the agents. We then put our design to work using a case study provided by logistics service provider Rotra through the RAAK-PRO project Intelligent Truck Applications in Logistics (INTRALOG). The case study provides a pilot location where a new cross-dock will be built in the near future. We focus on this pilot location where the handling of semi-trailers should be done autonomously where we use yard tractors (YTs) as AGVs. We validate our design by building a discrete-event simulation model tailored to the pilot location.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics, 55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69511
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