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Problem solving and planning in decentralized environments is a key technical challenge in numerous industrial applications, ranging from manufacturing, logistics, virtual enterprizes to multirobotics systems. We present an abstract architecture of a multiagent solver and respective algorithm providing decomposition, task allocation, and task delegation. Various features of the abstract architecture, such as computational complexity or admissibility of the underlying optimization heuristics, are analyzed in the paper. Four instances of the abstract architecture implementations are given to demonstrate the applicability of the abstract solver in a wide variety of real-problem domains.
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:41 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Jan. 2011