DYNAMIC MULTI-AGENT BASED VARIETY FORMATION AND STEERING IN MASS CUSTOMIZATION

Thorsten Blecker, Nizar Abdelkafi, Gerold Kreutler, Gerhard Friedrich

Abstract

Large product variety in mass customization involves a high internal complexity level inside a company’s operations, as well as a high external complexity level from a customer’s perspective. To cope with both complexity problems, an information system based on agent technology is able to be identified as a suitable solution approach. The mass customized products are assumed to be based on a modular architecture and each module variant is associated with an autonomous rational agent. Agents have to compete with each other in order to join coalitions representing salable product variants which suit real customers’ requirements. The negotiation process is based on a market mechanism supported by the target costing concept and a Dutch auction. Furthermore, in order to integrate the multi-agent system in the existing information system landscape of the mass customizer, a technical architecture is proposed and a scenario depicting the main communication steps is specified.

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Blecker T., Abdelkafi N., Kreutler G. and Friedrich G. (2004). DYNAMIC MULTI-AGENT BASED VARIETY FORMATION AND STEERING IN MASS CUSTOMIZATION . In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS, ISBN 972-8865-00-7, pages 3-13. DOI: 10.5220/0002608400030013


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@conference{iceis04,
author={Thorsten Blecker and Nizar Abdelkafi and Gerold Kreutler and Gerhard Friedrich},
title={DYNAMIC MULTI-AGENT BASED VARIETY FORMATION AND STEERING IN MASS CUSTOMIZATION},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,},
year={2004},
pages={3-13},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002608400030013},
isbn={972-8865-00-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,
TI - DYNAMIC MULTI-AGENT BASED VARIETY FORMATION AND STEERING IN MASS CUSTOMIZATION
SN - 972-8865-00-7
AU - Blecker T.
AU - Abdelkafi N.
AU - Kreutler G.
AU - Friedrich G.
PY - 2004
SP - 3
EP - 13
DO - 10.5220/0002608400030013