Towards the application of multi-agent task allocation to hygiene tasks in the food production industry.

Owen, Amie, Harman, Helen and Sklar, Elizabeth I. (2022) Towards the application of multi-agent task allocation to hygiene tasks in the food production industry. In: 20th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, PAAMS 2022, 12-15th July 2022, L'Aquila, Italy.

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Abstract

The food production industry faces the complex challenge of scheduling both production and hygiene tasks. These tasks are typically scheduled manually. However, due to the increasing costs of raw materials and the regulations factories must adhere to, inefficiencies can be costly. This paper presents the initial findings of a survey, conducted to learn more about the hygiene tasks within the industry and to inform research on how multi-agent task allocation (MATA) methodologies could automate and improve the scheduling of hygiene tasks. A simulation of a heterogeneous human workforce within a factory environment is presented. This work evaluates experimentally different strategies for applying market-based mechanisms, in particular Sequential Single Item (SSI) auctions, to the problem of allocation hygiene tasks to a heterogeneous workforce.

Keywords:Multi Agent Task Allocation, Food Hygiene, Multi Agent System, Agent Based Simulation.
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D400 Agriculture
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
College of Science > School of Computer Science
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ID Code:51673
Deposited On:12 Sep 2022 13:34

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