Dynamic scheduling for multi-site companies: a decisional approach based on reinforcement multi-agent learning

N. Aissani, A. Bekrar, D. Trentesaux, B. Beldjilali
2011 Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing  
In recent years, most companies have resorted to multi-site or supply-chain organization in order to improve their competitiveness and adapt to existing real conditions. In this article, a model for adaptive scheduling in multi-site companies is proposed. To do this, a multi-agent approach is adopted in which intelligent agents have reactive learning capabilities based on reinforcement learning. This reactive learning technique allows the agents to make accurate shortterm decisions and to adapt
more » ... these decisions to environmental fluctuations. The proposed model is implemented on a 3-tier architecture that ensures the security of the data exchanged between the various company sites. The proposed approach is compared to a genetic algorithm and a mixed integer linear program algorithm to prove its feasibility and especially, its reactivity. Experimentations on a real case study demonstrate the applicability and the effectiveness of the model in terms of both optimality and reactivity.
doi:10.1007/s10845-011-0580-y fatcat:c26qzedcnzglzhz42fxhxwxgca