Optimal track access rights allocation for agent negotiation in an open railway market

Tsang, Chi Wai & Ho, Tin Kin (2008) Optimal track access rights allocation for agent negotiation in an open railway market. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 9(1), pp. 68-82.

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In open railway access markets, a train service provider (TSP) negotiates with an infrastructure provider (IP) for track access rights. This negotiation has been modeled by a multi-agent system (MAS) in which the IP and TSP are represented by separate software agents. One task of the IP agent is to generate feasible (and preferably optimal) track access rights, subject to the constraints submitted by the TSP agent. This paper formulates an IP-TSP transaction and proposes a branch-and-bound algorithm for the IP agent to identify the optimal track access rights. Empirical simulation results show that the model is able to emulate rational agent behaviors. The simulation results also show good consistency between timetables attained from the proposed methods and those derived by the scheduling principles adopted in practice.

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ID Code: 37905
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Agent Negotiation, branch-and-bound algorithm, railway open markets, track access right
DOI: 10.1109/TITS.2007.908143
ISSN: 1524-9050
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics (080101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 IEEE
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Deposited On: 14 Oct 2010 00:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:19

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