ParrottLacroixWade2003

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Parrott, L., Lacroix, R., Wade, K.M. (2003) Design considerations for the implementation of multi-agent systems in the dairy industry. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 38(2):79-98.

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The objectives of this research were: (a) to perform a survey of current research in the area of multi-agent systems in order to learn more about how they could be designed and implemented; (b) to investigate the feasibility of such an approach for agriculture, based on an integration of currently existing technologies; and, more specifically (c) to assess the potential of a multi-agent approach in the context of decision support for dairy production. The results of this work highlighted a number of key concepts in multi-agent system design, including the importance of selecting an appropriate system architecture for agent coordination (e.g., peer-to-peer, federated, or blackboard-based) and the need for well-defined agent communication methods (language and ontology). Alternative technologies, used in the implementation of multimagent systems (e.g., communication protocols and distributed computing methods), were also explored. Lastly, a case study was carried out, in which some of the discussed technologies-were-tested and implemented to create a multi-agent heifer management system. The system consists of two different types of agents and several databases, and was implemented on a PC-based network. The agents work together to synthesize data about development from different sources and to present this to the user in a graphical format. The system demonstrates the feasibility of applying an agent-based approach, using currently available technology, to problems such as dairy herd management in which a distributed decision-support solution is often required. It is,concluded that the constraints for the implementation of multi-agent systems do not appear to be of a technological nature; the challenge seems to be more one of defining and. accepting a common ontology and communication language by members of a given industry. In addition, large-scale distributed systems will require sophisticated agent-coordination methods to ensure robust and efficient operation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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@ARTICLE { ParrottLacroixWade2003,
    AUTHOR = { Parrott, L. and Lacroix, R. and Wade, K.M. },
    TITLE = { Design considerations for the implementation of multi-agent systems in the dairy industry },
    JOURNAL = { Computers and Electronics in Agriculture },
    YEAR = { 2003 },
    VOLUME = { 38 },
    PAGES = { 79-98 },
    NUMBER = { 2 },
    NOTE = { 647VF Times Cited:1 Cited References Count:31 },
    ABSTRACT = { The objectives of this research were: (a) to perform a survey of current research in the area of multi-agent systems in order to learn more about how they could be designed and implemented; (b) to investigate the feasibility of such an approach for agriculture, based on an integration of currently existing technologies; and, more specifically (c) to assess the potential of a multi-agent approach in the context of decision support for dairy production. The results of this work highlighted a number of key concepts in multi-agent system design, including the importance of selecting an appropriate system architecture for agent coordination (e.g., peer-to-peer, federated, or blackboard-based) and the need for well-defined agent communication methods (language and ontology). Alternative technologies, used in the implementation of multimagent systems (e.g., communication protocols and distributed computing methods), were also explored. Lastly, a case study was carried out, in which some of the discussed technologies-were-tested and implemented to create a multi-agent heifer management system. The system consists of two different types of agents and several databases, and was implemented on a PC-based network. The agents work together to synthesize data about development from different sources and to present this to the user in a graphical format. The system demonstrates the feasibility of applying an agent-based approach, using currently available technology, to problems such as dairy herd management in which a distributed decision-support solution is often required. It is,concluded that the constraints for the implementation of multi-agent systems do not appear to be of a technological nature; the challenge seems to be more one of defining and. accepting a common ontology and communication language by members of a given industry. In addition, large-scale distributed systems will require sophisticated agent-coordination methods to ensure robust and efficient operation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. },
    KEYWORDS = { multi-agent system decision-support system management dairy cattle communication languages integration management framework support },
    OWNER = { brugerolles },
    TIMESTAMP = { 2007.12.05 },
}

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