Chapter 5

Distributed Real-Time Automation and Control - Reactive Control Layer for Industrial Agents

Thomas Strasser1; Alois Zoitl2    1 AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna, Austria2 Fortiss GmbH, Munich, Germany

Abstract

Agent-based systems in general are not designed, and partly because of their collaborating negotiation behavior, are not capable of directly performing the real-time constrained control of machinery. It has been shown that a two-layered architecture with a multi-agent system on a higher level fulfilling strategic, planning, and supervisory tasks and a reactive lower-level, real-time layer handling the control task is beneficial. This chapter provides a brief overview of such a real-time control layer supporting ...

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