Software Agents in Handling Abnormal Situations in Industrial Plants

S. Syrjälä and S. Kuikka (Finland)


multi-agent systems, BDI-model, abnormal situation handling, industrial plants


Software agents have recently gained a lot of reputation in software engineering. These autonomous actors can provide, for example, more flexibility than many other programming concepts and they fit well for complex situations. The abnormal situation handling in industrial plants is a challenging application area due to the complexity and dynamical nature of modern processes. Agents seem to have great potential in the field. In this paper we first introduce the basic agent concepts and the application area. Then we discuss the possibilities of agents in it and describe a test scenario we have made.

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