Agent-based project scheduling: Computational study of large problems

Gary Knotts, Moshe Dror

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We present in this paper the results of a computational study for project scheduling based on new ideas for project representation taken from digital circuit technology (Knotts et al., 1998a) and a solution approach based on the artificial intelligence notion of agent technology. We experimented with projects with up to 10 000 stochastic duration activities which can be executed in a number of modes requiring renewable, nonrenewable, and periodically renewable resources. This study is about agent implementation in a project scheduling domain. It compares agent types and priority rules with respect to their impact on project schedule duration and computational performance. This work demonstrates: (i) that artificial intelligence concepts of agent technology can be successfully implemented for project scheduling; and (ii) in conducting project scheduling studies we can experiment successfully with large project networks. Both points made in this research are new.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-159
Number of pages17
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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