Conflict resolution through negotiation in a railway open access market : a multi-agent system approach

Tsang, Chi Wai & Ho, Tin Kin (2006) Conflict resolution through negotiation in a railway open access market : a multi-agent system approach. Transportation Planning and Technology, 29(3), pp. 157-182.

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Open access reforms to railway regulations allow multiple train operators to provide rail services on a common infrastructure. As railway operations are now independently managed by different stakeholders, conflicts in operations may arise, and there have been attempts to derive an effective access charge regime so that these conflicts may be resolved. One approach is by direct negotiation between the infrastructure manager and the train service providers. Despite the substantial literature on the topic, few consider the benefits of employing computer simulation as an evaluation tool for railway operational activities such as access pricing. This article proposes a multi-agent system (MAS) framework for the railway open market and demonstrates its feasibility by modelling the negotiation between an infrastructure provider and a train service operator. Empirical results show that the model is capable of resolving operational conflicts according to market demand.

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ID Code: 38202
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Railway, Open market, Track access pricing, Train scheduling, Multi-agent systems, Agent negotiation
DOI: 10.1080/03081060600810899
ISSN: 0308-1060
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Operations Research (010206)
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 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in the journal 'Transportation Planning and Technology', which is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2010 23:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:19

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