Agent-based transportation planning compared with scheduling heuristics

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Here we consider the problem of dynamically assigning vehicles to transportation orders that have di¤erent time windows and should be handled in real time. We introduce a new agent-based system for the planning and scheduling of these transportation networks. Intelligent vehicle agents schedule their own routes. They interact with job agents, who strive for minimum transportation costs, using a Vickrey auction for each incoming order. We use simulation to compare the on-time delivery percentage and the vehicle utilization of an agent-based planning system to a traditional system based on OR heuristics (look-ahead rules, serial scheduling). Numerical experiments show that a properly designed multi-agent system may perform as good as or even better than traditional methods.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Research School for Operations Management and Logistics (BETA)
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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NameBeta working papers
PublisherBeta Research School for Operations Management and Logistics, University of Twente


  • Multi-agent systems and Auctions/bidding
  • Transportation
  • IR-70239

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