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Holonic Fleet Scheduling with TeleTruck

Hans-Jürgen Bürckert; Klaus Fischer; Gero Vierke
In: Daniel M. Dubois (Hrsg.). The second international conference on computing anticipatory systems, CASYS '98. International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Aystems (CASYS-98), Liege, Belgium, Pages 531-542, Vol. 465, No. 1, American Institut of Physics (AIP), 1999.


Hans-Jürgen Bürckert, Klaus Fischer, and Gero Vierke German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFK1 GmbH), Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3, D-66123 Saarbrücken In this paper we describe the TeleTruck approach for multi-agent fleet scheduling. In close collaboration with a forwarding company we developed a multiagent system with holonic agents that will support dispatch officers in transport scheduling. The system is capable of handling real-world requirements like dynamics and uncertainty. Holonic agents are agents which are composed of sub-agents acting in a corporate way. We give a brief overview of the current state of the TeleTruck application prototype. We discuss requirements of communication, coordination, and resource control that distinguish holonic from common multiagent systems and we show, how we integrated these concepts with the three-layered agent architecture INTERRAP, in order to result in a smooth implementation of a dispatch support system.