Title: Configuration of ad hoc multimodal logistic networks: approach and technological framework

Authors: Alexander Smirnov; Tatiana Levashova; Nikolay Shilov

Addresses: St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS), 39, 14 line, 199178, St. Petersburg, Russia. ' St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS), 39, 14 line, 199178, St. Petersburg, Russia. ' St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS), 39, 14 line, 199178, St. Petersburg, Russia

Abstract: One of the key issues in MC is ad hoc logistics for delivering personalised products and components on the just-in-time (JIT) or just-before-time (JBT) basis. The main idea of the proposed approach is to represent the ad hoc multimodal logistics network members by sets of services provided by them. This enables replacing the configuration of the logistics network with that of distributed services. For the purpose of interoperability, the services use the common notation described by an application ontology. Depending on the problem considered, the relevant part of the application ontology is selected forming the abstract context that, in turn, is filled with values resulting in the operational context. The operational context represents the constraint satisfaction problem that is used during self-configuration of web-services for problem solving. The application of the context management technology significantly reduces the search space and thus makes it possible to provide for JIT and JBT solutions.

Keywords: ad hoc networks; multimodal networks; logistics networks; web services; ontology; context management; mass customisation; just-in-time; JIT; just-before-time; JBT; interoperability; constraint satisfaction problem; service self-configuration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMASSC.2012.047398

International Journal of Mass Customisation, 2012 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.208 - 219

Available online: 18 Jun 2012 *

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