An Agent-based Extensible Climate Control System for Sustainable Greenhouse Production

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Abstract

The slow adoption pace of new control strategies for sustainable greenhouse climate control by industrial growers is mainly due to the complexity of identifying and resolving potentially conflicting climate control requirements. In this paper, we present a multi-agent-based climate control system that allows new requirements to be added without any need to identify or resolve conflicts beforehand. This is achieved by representing the climate control requirements as separate agents. Identifying and solving conflicts now become a negotiation problem among agents sharing the same controlled environment. Negotiation is done using a novel multi-issue negotiation protocol that uses a generic algorithm to find an optimized solution within the search space. The Multi-Agent control system has been empirically evaluated in an ornamental floriculture research facility in Denmark. The evaluation showed that it is realistic to implement the climate control requirements as individual agents, thereby opening greenhouse climate control systems for integration of independently produced control strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgents in Principle, Agents in Practice : 14th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems
EditorsDavid Kinny, Jane Yung-jen Hsu, Guido Governatori, Aditya Ghose
Number of pages16
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Publication dateNov 2011
Pages218-233
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-25043
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-25044-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
EventThe 14th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems -
Duration: 16. Nov 2011 → …

Conference

ConferenceThe 14th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems
Period16/11/2011 → …
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume7047

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