A smart decision-support system for dispersed manufacturing using neural object technology

Henry C.W. Lau, Ka Man Lee, George T.S. Ho, K. F. Pun, King Lun Tommy Choy

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In a dispersed manufacturing environment where the production value chain is being dissected and rationalised to take advantage of dissimilar core competencies of geographically isolated firms, manufacturing strategy is required to modify from time to time in accordance with the turbulent market. A 'smart' Decision-Support System (DSS) is proposed with the distinct feature of artificial intelligence capabilities to achieve progressive knowledge acquisition and creation to the entity it is associated with. In particular, this proposed system is characterised by the inclusion of a Neural Object Agent (NOA), which is built upon a newly developed technology coined as neural object technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-166
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


  • Agent technology
  • Decision-support system
  • Dispersed manufacturing
  • DSS
  • Neural network
  • Object technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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