This paper presented the detailed design of CARAVAN including its background theory. It showed the relevance of multi-agent based resource allocation paradigm for route allocation problem and how satisficing approach can be used to generate acceptable suboptimal solution in limited time. The paper introduced the novel concepts of virtual deals and preference utility indexes that minimise communication requirements. The paper also presented a detailed experimental evaluation of CARAVAN for a variety of road networks, demonstrating its ability to offer consistent travel time savings.
This paper presented a survey of the infrastructure, in-vehicle and hybrid multiagent based congestion management techniques. It described the disadvantages of conventional techniques and highlighted the advantages of using multiagent based approach for congestion management. The paper concluded by discussing some of the open issues in the domain of congestion management and highlighted the need for an intelligent, adaptive and distributed solution.
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