TAPAS: A multi-agent-based model for simulation of transport chains

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title TAPAS: A multi-agent-based model for simulation of transport chains
Author(s) Holmgren, Johan ; Davidsson, Paul ; Persson, Jan A. ; Ramstedt, Linda
Date 2012
English abstract
We present the Transportation And Production Agent-based Simulator (TAPAS), which is an agent-based model for simulation of transport chains that can be used, e.g., for analysis of transport-related policy and infrastructure measures. TAPAS is more powerful than traditional approaches to freight transport analysis, as it explicitly models production and customer demand, and it captures the interaction between individual transport chain actors, their heterogeneity and decision making processes, as well as time aspects. Whereas traditional approaches rely on assumed statistical correlation, TAPAS relies on causality, i.e., the focus is on the decisions and negotiations that lead to activities. TAPAS is composed of two connected layers, one that simulates the physical activities, e.g., production and transportation, and one that simulates the decision making and interaction between actors. We illustrate TAPAS with a scenario in which the consequences of three transport policy and infrastructure measures are studied.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2011.12.011 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory;
Volume 23
ISSN 1569-190X
Pages 1-18
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Multi-agent-based simulation
Multi-agent systems
Transport chain simulation
Freight transportation
Decision-making
Technology
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13705 (link to this page)

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