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Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems for Manufacturing

First International Conference on Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems, HoloMAS 2003, Prague, Czech Republic, September 1-3, 2003. Proceedings

  • Vladimír Mařík
  • Duncan McFarlane
  • Paul Valckenaers
Conference proceedings HoloMAS 2003

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2744)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 2744)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Holonic Manufacturing Systems – Device Control

    1. William A. Gruver, Dilip B. Kotak, Edwin H. van Leeuwen, Douglas Norrie
      Pages 1-14
    2. Shinsuke Tamura, Naoya Nishi, Tatsuro Yanase
      Pages 15-24
    3. Robert William Brennan, Kenwood Hall, Vladimír Mařik, Francisco Maturana, Douglas Hector Norrie
      Pages 25-34
    4. Paulo Leitão, Raymond Boissier, Francisco Casais, Francisco Restivo
      Pages 35-46
  3. Foundations/Platforms

    1. Pavel Vrba
      Pages 47-58
    2. Paulo Leitão, Armando W. Colombo, Francisco Restivo
      Pages 59-70
    3. Klaus Fischer, Michael Schillo, Jörg Siekmann
      Pages 71-80
    4. Michael Schillo, Klaus Fischer, Jörg Siekmann
      Pages 81-90
  4. Scheduling and Resource Allocation

    1. Berend Denkena, Michael Zwick, Peer-Oliver Woelk
      Pages 100-109
    2. Balázs Csanád Csáji, Botond Kádár, László Monostori
      Pages 110-123
    3. Leonid B. Sheremetov, Jorge Martínez, Juan Guerra
      Pages 124-133
  5. Simulation and Integration

    1. Olivier Labarthe, Erwan Tranvouez, Alain Ferrarini, Bernard Espinasse, Benoit Montreuil
      Pages 134-145
    2. Klaus Glanzer, Thomas Schmidt, Gerald Wippel, Christoph Dutzler
      Pages 146-155
    3. Luis Gaxiola, Miguel de J. Ramírez, Guillermo Jimenez, Arturo Molina
      Pages 156-166
  6. Multi-agent Systems

    1. Tomáš Vlcek, Jan Zach
      Pages 167-178
    2. Jiří Hodík, Milan Rollo, Petr Novák, Michal Pěchouček
      Pages 179-188
    3. Omar Boussaid, Fadila Bentayeb, Amandine Duffoux, Frederic Clerc
      Pages 201-212

About these proceedings


The increasing complexity of manufacturing systems as well as the overall demands for flexible and fault-tolerant control of production processes stimulates (among many others) two key emerging technologies that are already making an important breakthrough in the field of intelligent manufacturing, control, and diagnostics. These two paradigms are: • the holonic approach based on the event-driven control strategy, usually aimed at modular control systems that are directly physically linked with the manufacturing hardware equipment, and • the multi-agent approach developed in the area of distributed information processing. The research communities working in both these fields are approaching the problem of intelligent manufacturing from different viewpoints and, until recently, to a certain extent, in an independent way. We can however observe quite a clear convergence of these fields in the last few years: the communities have started to cooperate, joining efforts to solve the painful problems involved in achieving effective industrial practice. We can see convergence in the terminology, standards and methods being applied.


Planning agent technology agent-based manufacturing automation autonom distributed computing fault-tolerant production control holonic manufacturing systems intelligent diagnostics intelligent manufacturing control modeling multi-agent systems organization production semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Vladimír Mařík
    • 1
  • Duncan McFarlane
    • 2
  • Paul Valckenaers
    • 3
  1. 1.Gerstner LaboratoryCzech Technical University in PraguePrague 6Czech Republic
  2. 2.Institute for ManufacturingCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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