# Modeling Multi-agent Logistic Process System using Hybrid Automata

### Ammar Mohammed, Ulrich Furbach

#### Abstract

Multi-agent systems are a widely accepted solution to handle complex problems. One application of multi-agent system is autonomous logistics. In autonomous logistic processes, potentially every element in a logistic supply chain is modeled as cooperating software agent. Thus, there exist modeling languages that are used to model such multi-agent systems. However, these modeling languages do not allow verifying the properties of systems. Hybrid automata can be used to model hybrid systems by capturing both discrete and continuous changes of a system. Fortunately, hybrid automata are equipped with formal semantics that make formal methods possible to apply to them in order to prove certain properties of the specified systems. In this paper, we model multi-agent system behaviors in autonomous logistic processes using the concept of hybrid automata. With the help of model checking techniques, we can prove some properties of a modeled system before involving in the implementation of a system.

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#### Paper Citation

#### in Harvard Style

Mohammed A. and Furbach U. (2008). **Modeling Multi-agent Logistic Process System using Hybrid Automata** . In *Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Modelling, Simulation, Verification and Validation of Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: MSVVEIS, (ICEIS 2008)* ISBN 978-989-8111-43-2, pages 141-149. DOI: 10.5220/0001729501410149

#### in Bibtex Style

@conference{msvveis08,

author={Ammar Mohammed and Ulrich Furbach},

title={Modeling Multi-agent Logistic Process System using Hybrid Automata},

booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Modelling, Simulation, Verification and Validation of Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: MSVVEIS, (ICEIS 2008)},

year={2008},

pages={141-149},

publisher={SciTePress},

organization={INSTICC},

doi={10.5220/0001729501410149},

isbn={978-989-8111-43-2},

}

#### in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Modelling, Simulation, Verification and Validation of Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: MSVVEIS, (ICEIS 2008)

TI - Modeling Multi-agent Logistic Process System using Hybrid Automata

SN - 978-989-8111-43-2

AU - Mohammed A.

AU - Furbach U.

PY - 2008

SP - 141

EP - 149

DO - 10.5220/0001729501410149