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Agent Technologies and Their Application Scenarios in Logistics, 2000.
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In recent years the interest in agent technology and other agent-related topics has risen enormously. This is mainly a result of the spreading of both - global network agents that can act independently, and the expectation that very complex tasks can be solved by agents concurrently. Research groups around the world spend considerable amounts of time and effort to explore and develop new agent technologies which can be applied to numerous problems. Artificial intelligence approaches seem to be appropriate for the development of intelligent agent systems. For long-term success of intelligent agents and multiagent systems it is absolutely crucial to transfer research results into commercial applications. Logistics is a promising field of application because of its inherent complexity. This cannot be overcome by conventional approaches, especially information and product logistics. Two main topics can be identified. First, AI researchers create intelligent agents on a theoretical level in order to develop, refine, and evaluate various concepts, methods, and techniques. Second, multiagent systems are used for modeling, managing, controlling, and simulating information flows within single companies or networks of companies, e.g. logistic networks on a more application-oriented level. The application potential of intelligent agents is almost unlimited and often leads to the use of “intelligent objects” in software engineering tasks. As yet, the engineering aspects of this technology have neither been realized nor satisfyingly considered. Therefore, only a small number of concepts, methodologies, and large-scale scenarios for adequate applications of multiagent systems in the industry are available to-date. The workshop tries to bridge this gap in bringing together theory and practice through a hopefully productive dialogue of researchers from the different disciplines. The following aspects will be discussed: - Theoretical and methodological foundations of multiagent systems - Identification, modeling, simulation, and formal representation of real-world business scenarios in logistics concerning either manufacturing or health care - Further improvements of agent technology in the context of well-defined problems of the logistical domain - Business- and market-related impacts of agent technologies - Mutual influences of evolving business standards, e.g., Jini and XML, and their fruitful merging with existing agent technology standards. Eleven papers have been accepted for presentation. The workshop has been subdivided into four sessions dealing with Agent Technologies in Logistics, Transportation Logistics, Negotiation Models, and Application and Perspectives. The workshop has been organized by a joint committee consisting of Nadia Abchiche, Paul Davidsson, Yves Demazeau, Francisco J. Garijo, Otthein Herzog, Stefan Kirn, Peter Knirsch, Heinz-Jürgen Müller, Charles Petrie, Mathias Petsch, Catherine Tessier, and Ingo J. Timm. The members of the committee were referees for the papers as well. I would like to thank all authors and committee members for their helpful contributions. Ingo J. Timm on behalf of the Workshop Organization Committee (Bremen, June 14 th , 2000)
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