Title: A multi-agent based approach for dynamic multi-project scheduling

Authors: Sunil R. Adhau; M.L. Mittal

Addresses: Mechanical Engineering Department, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, 302017, Rajasthan, India. ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, 302017, Rajasthan, India

Abstract: The earlier research in the area of multi-project scheduling is primarily focused on developing efficient priority rules for setting of due dates for new projects, resource allocation to the active projects, and activity scheduling. The priority rule-based heuristics suffer from the drawbacks of providing poor quality schedules and inflexibility. Recently, the artificial intelligence techniques such as multi-agent technology have been applied for scheduling the static multi-project problems. This paper proposes a multi-agent based framework to solve a distributed resource constrained dynamic multi-project scheduling problem. The architecture of the system is developed and the cooperative negotiation framework of various self-managing agents is described.

Keywords: dynamic scheduling; multi-agent systems; MAS; multi-project scheduling; multiple projects; agent-based systems; distributed scheduling; resource constrained scheduling; cooperative negotiation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2011.045456

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2011 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.230 - 238

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 09 Feb 2012 *

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