A coordination framework for distributed supply chains

H. K. Chan, Tung Sun Chan

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Supply chain is a network of cooperating organizations that are involved through upstream and downstream linkages. Such a complex system cannot be modeled simply by mathematical equations without simplification of the problem. Recently, Multi-Agent System (MAS) is proposed as a modeling technique to represent supply chain networks. In fact, many application problems in MASs that are concerned with finding a consistent combination of agent actions can be formalized as Distributed Constraints Satisfaction Problem (DCSP). The main purpose of this paper is to propose a novel coordination framework by adopting the DCSP philosophy for distributed supply chains, which are modeled by MASs, subjected to uncertainties. Simulation results indicate that the proposed mechanism outperforms traditional stochastic modeling in solving supply chain dynamics in terms of total cost and fill rate of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4535-4540
Number of pages6
JournalConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2004 - The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 10 Oct 200413 Oct 2004


  • Modeling and Simulation of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Coordination and Optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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