Knowledge-based scheduling in flexible manufacturing systems: An integration of pattern-directed inference and heuristic search

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Abstract

This paper presents a knowledge-based scheduling approach based on the problem-solving techniques developed in artificial intelligence. The approach is based on three key techniques. The first is the pattern-directed inference technique to capture the dynamic nature of the scheduling environment. The second is the non-linear planning technique to coordinate manufacturing processes and resource assignments. The third technique is the A* search algorithm to expedite the searching procedure. It models the scheduling process by state-space transitions; the job routing is obtained through selecting a sequence of scheduling operators guided by heuristics. Keeping track of the manufacturing system by a symbolic world model, this approach is adaptive to such environmental changes as new job arrivals and machine breakdowns, suitable for making real-time scheduling decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-844
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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