Autonomous Agents in Cellular Manufacturing

  • E. S. Tzafestas
Part of the International Series on Microprocessor-Based and Intelligent Systems Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 18)


The problems of the design and the design automation of modern cellular manufacturing systems cannot be tackled independently of the underlying system model and architecture. Indeed, often enough, choice of the appropriate model, makes the solution to the design problem transparent. In search of such principles and models that would simplify design, we have been investigating the option of autonomous agents and we have been trying to understand to what degree are those agents suitable for cellular manufacturing tasks and what additional techniques are required. Up to now, we have limited our investigation to the process control/production management domain, which among all industrial tasks involves maximal use of non-formal, qualitative knowledge and where various artificial intelligence techniques have been used in the past.


Switching Cost Autonomous Agent Service Unit Cellular Manufacturing Artificial Intelligence Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. S. Tzafestas
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  1. 1.Intelligent Robotics and Automation LaboratoryNational Technical University of AthensZographou, AthensGreece

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