Gallay, Olivier
Centralized Versus Decentralized Control - A Solvable Stylized Model in Transportation
Transportation logistics
"Smart parts" dynamics
Multi-agent systems
Mean-field approximation
Burgers' nonlinear evolution
Emergent cooperative pattern
Optimal stochastic control
Kullback-Leibler relative entropy
Complex Adaptive Systems
Supply Networks
Perspective
2010
2010
To analyze the potential outcomes resulting from interaction between autonomous decision-making "smart parts" in logistics networks, we propose here an exactly solvable stylized model that is able to quantify how much the dynamics can be enhanced by (fully decentralized) agent-based mechanisms. Cost functions are introduced in order to compare the performances of centralized versus decentralized organization and we are enable to conclude that for time horizons shorter than a critical value, multi-agent interactions generate smaller costs that an optimal effective central controller.
Talks
10.1016/j.physa.2010.05.047