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This paper introduces an approach to deal with IMS (Intelligent Manufacturing System) models, in order to help the development of Decision Support Systems, Simulators and Performance Evaluators. The complexity of such systems is growing continuously requiring knowledge and information exchange between different manufacturing functions with more and more efficiency. This paper explores some potentialities of soft computing approaches and intelligent agent-oriented design including artificial neural networks, fuzzy systems, and evolutionary computation. The rationale is in order to support decision making processes performed by the autonomous and co-operative units of an IMS.
Date of Conference: 15-18 Sept. 2008