Cooperative control in production and logistics

László Monostori, Paul Valckenaers, Alexandre Dolgui, Hervé Panetto, Mietek Brdys, Balázs Csanád Csáji

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This is a milestone paper of the Coordinating Committee on Manufacturing and Logistics Systems (CC5) of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). Classical applications of control engineering and information and communication technology (ICT) in production and logistics are often done in a rigid, centralized and hierarchical way. These inflexible approaches are typically not able to cope with the complexities of the manufacturing environment, such as the instabilities, uncertainties and abrupt changes caused by internal and external disturbances, or a large number and variety of interacting, interdependent elements. A paradigm shift, e.g., novel organizing principles and methods, is needed for supporting the interoperability of dynamic alliances of agile and networked systems. Several solution proposals argue that the future of manufacturing and logistics lies in network-like, dynamic, open and reconfigurable systems of cooperative autonomous entities. The paper overviews various distributed approaches and technologies of control engineering and ICT that can support the realization of cooperative structures from the resource level to the level of networked enterprises. Standard results as well as recent advances from control theory, through cooperative game theory, distributed machine learning to holonic systems, cooperative enterprise modelling, system integration, and autonomous logistics processes are surveyed. A special emphasis is put on the theoretical developments and industrial applications of Robustly Feasible Model Predictive Control (RFMPC). Two case studies are also discussed: i) a holonic, PROSA-based approach to generate short-term forecasts for an additive manufacturing system by means of a delegate multi-agent system (D-MAS); and ii) an application of distributed RFMPC to a drinking water distribution system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th IFAC World Congress IFAC 2014, Proceedings
EditorsEdward Boje, Xiaohua Xia
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783902823625
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Aug 24 2014Aug 29 2014

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
ISSN (Print)1474-6670


Other19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town


  • Adaptive control
  • Agents
  • Complex systems
  • Distributed control
  • Intelligent manufacturing systems
  • Machine learning
  • Optimization
  • Predictive control
  • Production control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Monostori, L., Valckenaers, P., Dolgui, A., Panetto, H., Brdys, M., & Csáji, B. C. (2014). Cooperative control in production and logistics. In E. Boje, & X. Xia (Eds.), 19th IFAC World Congress IFAC 2014, Proceedings (pp. 4246-4265). (IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline); Vol. 19). IFAC Secretariat.