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TAPAS: A multi-agent-based model for simulation of transport chains
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
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2012 (English)In: Simulation (San Diego, Calif.), ISSN 1569-190X, E-ISSN 1878-1462, Vol. 23, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 23, 1-18 p.
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Multi-agent-based simulation, Multi-agent systems, Transport chain simulation, Freight transportation, Decision-making
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7173DOI: 10.1016/j.simpat.2011.12.011ISI: 000301814200001Local ID: diva2:834755
Available from: 2012-11-27 Created: 2012-03-17 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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