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Title: A community of agents as a tool to optimize industrial districts logistics
Authors: Tiso, Annamaria
Dell'Orco, Mauro
Sassanelli, Domenico
Keywords: Logistics optimizationIndustrial districts logisticsInter-firms relationshipFuzzy multiagents systems
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Tiso, A., Dell'Orco, M., Sassanelli, D. (2010) A community of agents as a tool to optimize industrial districts logistics, European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, 46, pp. 36-51
Series/Report no.: European Transport / Trasporti Europei
The aim of this paper is to find an optimal solution to operational planning of freight transportation in
an industrial district. We propose a system architecture that drives agents – the industrial district firms - to
cooperate in logistic field, to minimize transport and environmental costs. The idea is to achieve logistics
optimization setting up a community made of district enterprises, preserving a satisfactory level of system
efficiency and fairness. We address the situation in which a virtual coordinator helps the agents to reach
an agreement. The objectives are: maximizing customers satisfaction, and minimizing the number of
trucks needed. A fuzzy clustering (FCM), two Fuzzy Inference System (FIS) combined with a Genetic
Algorithm (GA), and a greedy algorithm are thus proposed to achieve these objectives, and eventually an
algorithm to solve the Travelling Salesman Problem is also used. The proposed framework can be used to
provide real time solutions to logistics management problems, and negative environmental impacts.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-3997
Appears in Collections:European Transport / Trasporti Europei (2010) 46/XVI

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