A Hybrid Micro-Simulator for Determining the Effects of Governmental Control Policies on Transport Chains

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Author(s): Markus Bergkvist, Paul Davidsson, Jan A. Persson, Linda Ramstedt
Title: A Hybrid Micro-Simulator for Determining the Effects of Governmental Control Policies on Transport Chains
Book: Multi-Agent and Multi-Agent Based Simulation
Year: 2005
Volume: 3415
Editor: Paul Davidsson, Brian Logan, and Keiki Takadama
Publisher: Springer
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tek.bth.se/
Language: English
Abstract: A simulation-based tool is described which will be used to investigate how the actors in a transport chain are expected to act when different types of governmental control policies are applied, such as, fuel taxes, road tolls, vehicle taxes and requirements on vehicles. The simulator is composed of two layers, one layer simulating the physical activities taking place in the transport chain, e.g., production, storage, and transports of goods, and another layer simulating the different actors’ decision making processes. The decision layer is implemented by a multi-agent system where each agent corresponds to a particular actor and models the way it acts in different situations. The simulator will be used for analyzing the costs and environmental effects, and will in this way provide guidance in decision making regarding control policies. In addition, it will be possible for companies to use the simulator in order to determine cost-effective strategies given different (future) scenarios.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science\Distributed Computing
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