A multi-agent system for forest transport activity planning

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Carlos Alberto Araújo Júnior http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0909-8633 Helio Garcia Leite Carlos Pedro Boechat Soares Daniel Henrique Breda Binoti Amaury Paulo de Souza Antônio Ferraz Santana Carlos Moreira Miquelino Eleto Torres

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This study aims to propose and implement a conceptual model of an intelligent system in a georeferenced environment to determine the design of forest transport fleets. For this, we used a multi-agent systems tool, which is the subject of studies of distributed artificial intelligence. The proposed model considers the use of plantation mapping (stands) and forest roads, as well as information about the different vehicle transport capacities. The system was designed to adapt to changes that occur during the forest transport operation process, such as the modification of volume demanded or the inclusion of route restrictions used by the vehicles. For its development, we used the Java programming language associated with the LPSolve library for the optimization calculus, the JADE platform to develop agents, and the ArcGis Runtime to determine the optimal transport routes. Five agents were modelled: the transporter, controller, router, loader and unloader agents. The model is able to determine the amount of trucks among the different vehicles available that meet the demand and availability of routes, with a focus on minimizing the total costs of timber transport. The system can also rearrange itself after the transportation routes change during the process.

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ARAÚJO JÚNIOR, Carlos Alberto et al. A multi-agent system for forest transport activity planning. CERNE, [S.l.], v. 23, n. 3, p. 329-337, sep. 2017. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/1507>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2017.
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Decision support system; Distributed decision making; Routing; Artificial intelligence; operation research
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