A Blackboard Agent Community Architecture in a Supply Chain Environment

By Barin Nag.

Published by The Design Collection

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The Supply Chain environment has seen much development in the area of auction trading performed by agents. The impacts are in reducing the cost of transactions, in increasing the volume of transactions, and in increasing the level of satisfaction of seller and buyer agents alike by increasing the matching of trades. This paper discusses the architecture of an individual agent, and the architecture of the community as a whole to facilitate effective auction trading. Conceptual models are presented to model the architecture of individual agents, and to model the architecture of the community.

Keywords: Blackboard Architecture, Agent Community, Auction Trading, Supply Chain Management

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.91-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1014.276KB).

Dr. Barin Nag

Professor, Department of Management, College of Business & Economics, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

Barin Nag has a PhD in Business & Management from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calcutta. He has research interests in Intelligent Scheduling Systems, Decision Support Systems, Autonomous Multi-Agent Systems, and in Supply Chain Management. He has many publications in journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences, and Journal of Management Information Systems. He has collaborated in research with NASA and the World Bank. He is currently a Professor of Management in Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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