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Agent-Based Management of Print Tasks

Jean-Marc Andreoli, Uwe Borghoff, Stefania Castellani, Gunnar Teege
We consider here a typical instance of a non-trivial print tasks management problem, and we show how to handle it within Zippin, a highly interactive scheduling and simulation environment. The aim of this system is to provide the user with a synthetic view of an ongoing scheduling process from multiple perspectives, allowing the user to navigate through a space of possible schedules and make informed decisions. The actions of the user through the graphical inferface can alternatively be performed by autonomous computing agents (called here robots), possibly specialized for specific aspects of scheduling (e.g. allocation of a certain kind of resources), so that the overall scheduling process results of the cooperation --- without explicit communication --- of a system of concurrent agents.
XRCE-CT-012 (Feb. 1997)