Self-Organizing Logistics: Towards a Unifying Framework for Automated Transport Systems

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The transition from hierarchical control structures to heterarchical control structures enables assets to become intelligent. Intelligent assets could include raw materials, components or products, as well as transit equipment (e.g., pallets, packages) and transportation systems (e.g., conveyers, trucks and cars). By delegating control to assets, we enable autonomous behaviour, i.e., decision-making without external or central control. Through cooperation with the environment and other assets, the system may be able to organise itself. That is, without external or central control or maybe even without a reference to the global objectives of the system. In other words, a self-organizing system consists of autonomous assets, each with their own goal. Through mutual cooperation they are able to achieve a common goal. In this thesis, we view self-organizing logistics as a way to cope with the complex, dynamic and stochastic nature of the logistics sector and the abovementioned challenges.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Mes, Martijn R.K., Supervisor
  • van Hillegersberg, Jos, Supervisor
  • Schuur, Peter Cornelis, Co-Supervisor
Award date3 Mar 2023
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-5554-8
Electronic ISBNs978-90-365-5555-5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2023


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