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A Multi-Agent System for Modular Platform Design in a Dynamic Electronic Market Environment

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Seung Ki Moon, Soundar R. T. Kumara, Timothy W. Simpson

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Paper No. DETC2006-99286, pp. 723-731; 9 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 26th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4257-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Electronic markets and web-based supply chain management have improved traditional product development processes by increasing the participation of customers and applying various trading processes between companies and suppliers in a dynamic electronic market environment. A multi-agent system is an appropriate tool to implement a product development system in a distributed environment because of its flexibility, scalability, and adaptability. This paper introduces a multi-agent system (MAS) based on market mechanisms to support modular platform design. The agent architecture for the proposed MAS is described, including specific agent roles, knowledge, and strategies. In particular, a reputation mechanism is used to select stable and reputable modules for the platform by detecting and dismissing volatile modules in a dynamic electronic market environment. We demonstrate the implementation of the proposed MAS using a multi-agent development framework and how to use module reputation for selecting a module for the platform. Through experiments, we illustrate that the MAS can be used to design modules in a product platform using the proposed market mechanisms.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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