A Novel Adaptive Intelligent Agent Framework for Agile Supply Chain Management supporting Naval Weapons Planning, Plan Repair, and Scheduling
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DOD / NAVY
This document presents a computational model for problems pertaining to the planning, plan repair, and scheduling of weapons handling in aircraft carriers. This class of complex problems can be represented by a supply chain of a manufacturing enterprise with networked weapon component suppliers, factories, warehouses, quality assurance sites, and distribution centers. Through the supply chain, weapons components are acquired, transformed into weapon products, and delivered-to or returned-from customers. In the proposed framework, supply chain elements such as resources, functions, and decision-points, are represented by autonomous intelligent agents. This project will research system architectures based on a loose aggregation of intelligent agents that collectively represent an agile weapon supply chain management system. We propose the concept of groups of agents based on the biological cell paradigm. Agents form virtual organizations able to adapt constantly to changing missions. Agents will be able to learn from their past experience as well as from observing changes and corrections made by human weapon handling experts. The proposed framework is generic and can be applied without modifications to a large set of similar problems, such as stowage plan generation, load plan execution monitoring, online plan repair, inventory shipment scheduling, and warehouse offload planning.
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