The AIMMS multi-agent technology and a management chain game
The AIMMS multi-agent technology and a management chain game will be demonstrated at the 28th conference on mathematics of Operations Research (Lunteren, the Netherlands) on January 16, 2003.
During the first part of the presentation there will be an introduction to the Advanced Integrated Multi-dimensional Modeling Software system (AIMMS) and to the AIMMS Multi-Agent technology for distributed decision making in particular. This introduction will focus on basic agent concepts together with some illustrative examples. The introduction will also illustrate the way agents have been implemented in AIMMS. During the second part of the presentation the NetChain game, a KLICT/ICES project, is introduced as an application of the AIMMS Multi-Agent technology.
In this supply chain management game the participants have to make upstream and downstream contracts for the product-market combinations in which they want to be active. This is carried out by announcing offers and holding contract negotiations. In addition, production and shipments take place in real-time, and the participants have to react to changes in the market situation and ensure that contracts are being satisfied. Compared to other games, the innovative part lies in the combined turn based (strategic negotiations) and real-time decisions (day-to-day operations). The AIMMS Multi-Agent technology has contributed to the successful implementation of this game.