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6a, the assembly description is given in Fig. 6b. This precedence graph only describes the goals the system has to reach, whereas the executing agent has to decide how these goals can be achieved depending on the environment at execution time. Therefore, the agent head uses the system's sensor information to expand this implicit representation to an explicit one. Fig. 6: a) Cranfield Assembly Benchmark, b) Assembly Precedence Graph 47 5 Error Situations In the assembly domain, we can distinguish two main classes of errors: 1.

This means the head (and the communicator) has to deal with several different tasks at one time. Therefore, head and communicator are implemented as a variable set 9l, C of equal independent processes H, C for planning, communication, and negotiation (Fig. 4) The communication mechanism for all agents and for task distribution or task allocation is Blackboard-like. Considering the distributed control architecture, it is easy to see, that the agents often have to build teams to overcome specific tasks.

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