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A Multi-Agent System for Acquiring Transport Services

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Abstract

The economic crisis and the increased business environment uncertainty have led to shrinking the business figures and adopting cost-cutting programs in many industries, which had affected the service acquisition procedures. Companies asking for transport services and, also, the service providers have been improving the planning and decision making processes, asking for software systems adapted to the new business models. The multi-agent systems (MAS) represent an adequate approach in addressing these rapidly changing business needs. The chapter presents a multi-agent system, named TranServ for transport services acquisition, developed by the authors, in line with several FIPA compliant standards. In order to justify the development solution, the authors analyze several MAS standards and methodologies. For designing the system, the MASA methodology is applied. The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) tree algorithm is used to model the agents’ behavior. The implementation is done on JADE Platform. The authors will continue the development of the system, improving the auction algorithm and refining the criteria for choosing the best service offers.

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Romania transport networks Stratrgic account management Change management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economic Cybernetics, Statistics and InformaticsThe Bucharest University of Economic StudiesBucharestRomania

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