An Immune Multi-agent Based Decision Support System for the Control of Public Transportation Systems
Public Transportation Systems (PTSs) are always subjected to disturbances and need a real time monitoring and control to maintain its performance at acceptable levels. In PTS, several types of disturbances can affect buses such as accidents, delays and traffic jams that can also affect schedules so dramatically that these schedules could become useless. Consequently, it becomes a necessity to develop a Decision Support System (DSS) able to help human regulator in managing PTS efficiently, and to provide users with high quality services, in terms of punctuality, frequency and productivity. In this paper, a reactive and decentralized DSS is developed for the control of PTS based on the biological immune theory. This DSS is an artificial immune system, which presents many interesting capabilities, including identification, learning, memory and distributed parallel processing. Through experimental validation, we show that this exploratory approach seems to be promising.
KeywordsMulti-agent system Biological immune system Artificial immune system Negative selection theory Immune memory Public transport control
This work was supported by NSTIP strategic program number (12-INF2820-02) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The authors would like to thank all personnel involved in this work.
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