Title: Cognitive communication in a multi-agent system for distributed process planning

Authors: Omar Lopez-Ortega, Virgilio Lopez-Morales

Addresses: Centro de Investigacion en Tecnologias de Informacion y Sistemas, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Carr. Pachuca – Tulancingo km. 4.5, Pachuca 42090, Mexico. ' Centro de Investigacion en Tecnologias de Informacion y Sistemas, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Carr. Pachuca – Tulancingo km. 4.5, Pachuca 42090, Mexico

Abstract: This paper presents a framework for modelling and realisation of a Multi-Agent System (MAS) aimed at process planning. Firstly, the concepts of an ontology are constructed and partial subtasks are defined. Secondly, a knowledge base is implemented, regarding the relations stated in the ontology. Finally, a cooperative system is set that will establish speech acts to achieve the system goal by completing subtasks. The communication of knowledge and the achievement of subtasks are illustrated by two intelligent agents. They maintain a communication process that is inititated by a Part Agent. Once the message is formed, a response is obtained from the Operation Agent. The strength of this proposal is shown with the implementation of the MAS, in connection with a rule-based system.

Keywords: distributed manufacturing; process planning; multi-agent systems; MAS; communication modelling; cognitive content; cognitive communication.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2006.010086

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2006 Vol.26 No.1/2, pp.99 - 107

Available online: 16 Jun 2006 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article