Adaptation and learning in distributed production control

L. Monostori, B. Cs Csáji, B. Kádár

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Distributed (agent-based) control architectures offer prospects of reduced complexity, high flexibility and a high robustness against disturbances in manufacturing. However, it has also turned out that distributed control architectures, usually banning all forms of hierarchy, cannot guarantee optimum performance and the system behaviour can be unpredictable. In the paper machine learning approaches such as neurodynamic programming and simulated annealing are described for managing changes and disturbances in manufacturing systems, and to decrease the computational costs of the scheduling process. The results demonstrate the applicability of the proposed solutions, which can contribute to significant improvements in system performance, keeping the known benefits of distributed control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004



  • Agent-based manufacturing system
  • Distributed production control
  • Machine learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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