Hussain, T.; Frey, G.:
Auction-based Agent-oriented Process Control.
Proceedings of 12th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing (incom 2006), St. Etienne, France, Vol. 1, pp 425-430, (Preprints Vol. 1, pp. 447-452), May 2006.

The introduction of advanced communication and instrumentation facilities to the area of process control systems add flexibility and adaptability at the cost of complexity and heterogeneity. The agent paradigm is well suited for design, development and maintenance of the emerging systems. In this paper the application of auction-based agent interactions in distributed systems that are constrained to deal with local information for satisfaction of global requirements is discussed. The focus of the presented work is on the reduction of communicative acts through prediction in such auction-based interactions while still satisfying global system constraints. The results show that with predictive elements a better performance could be reached with even less communication than in a non-predictive setting.

Keywords: agents, dynamic programming, prediction, constraint satisfaction, multi-objective optimization.