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Title: An argumentation-oriented multi-agent system for automating the freight planning process
Authors: Chow, HKH
Siu, W
Chan, CK
Chan, HCB 
Keywords: Argumentation
Freight forwarding
Multi-agent system
Route planning
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Expert systems with applications, 2013, v. 40, no. 10, p. 3858-3871 How to cite?
Journal: Expert systems with applications 
Abstract: This paper advocates the use of multi-agent systems in the freight forwarding industry. We propose an intelligent mobile agent system to cope with a dynamic freight forwarding environment where up-to-date information is crucial but time-consuming to obtain. A key component of our system is an agent argumentation mechanism that allows decision support agents to discuss, argue, and come to a compromise in order to derive well-explained freight planning solutions. A number of artificial intelligence mechanisms are implemented, namely: (1) a mobile-agent-based automated information gathering mechanism, where designated mobile agents access various websites automatically to gather information (e.g.; weather conditions on a candidate route) critical for cargo consolidation and route planning, (2) a fuzzy logics engine for risk evaluation, and (3) a simulated annealing engine for optimizing cargo consolidation. A system prototype is developed and the feasibility of our approach is demonstrated in a case study. A series of experiments are also conducted to evaluate the system's performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8200
ISSN: 0957-4174
EISSN: 1873-6793
DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2012.12.042
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