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An Improved Agent-Based Approach to the Dynamic Vehicle Routing Problem

  • Dariusz BarbuchaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 56)

Abstract

The paper proposes a multi-agent approach to the Dynamic Vehicle Routing Problem, where the process of solving instances of the problem is performed by a set of software agents with different abilities. The agents are responsible for generating new requests, managing a set of requests, allocating them to the available vehicles, and monitoring the behavior of the system. The main steps of the algorithm implemented in the system include dispatching the static and dynamic requests to the available vehicles. In order to increase the efficiency of these processes, a request buffering strategy has been implemented. Computational experiment confirmed its positive impact on the results obtained by the proposed approach.

Keywords

Dynamic vehicle routing problem Multi-agent systems Buffering strategy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsGdynia Maritime UniversityGdyniaPoland

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