Formal modelling and verification of a multi-agent negotiation approach for airline operations control

Soufiane Bouarfa, Reyhan Aydoğan, Alexei Sharpanskykh

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Abstract

This paper proposes and evaluates a new airline disruption management strategy using multi-agent system modelling, simulation, and verification. This new strategy is based on a multi-agent negotiation protocol and is compared with three airline strategies based on established industry practices. The application concerns Airline Operations Control whose core functionality is disruption management. To evaluate the new strategy, a rule-based multi-agent system model of the AOC and crew processes has been developed. This model is used to assess the effects of multi-agent negotiation on airline performance in the context of a challenging disruption scenario. For the specific scenario considered, the multi-agent negotiation strategy outperforms the established strategies when the agents involved in the negotiation are experts. Another important contribution is that the paper presents a logic-based ontology used for formal modelling and analysis of AOC workflows.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Reliable Intelligent Environments
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Airline operations control
  • Formal modelling
  • Model checking
  • Multi-agent negotiation
  • Rule-based modelling
  • Workflow modelling

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