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Multi-Agent Systems and Complex Networks: Review and Applications in Systems Engineering

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Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FS, UK
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Fluing, Institute for Multidisciplinary Mathematics, Universitat Politècnica de València, 40022 Valencia, Spain
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Processes 2020, 8(3), 312; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8030312
Received: 23 January 2020 / Revised: 5 March 2020 / Accepted: 6 March 2020 / Published: 8 March 2020
Systems engineering is an ubiquitous discipline of Engineering overlapping industrial, chemical, mechanical, manufacturing, control, software, electrical, and civil engineering. It provides tools for dealing with the complexity and dynamics related to the optimisation of physical, natural, and virtual systems management. This paper presents a review of how multi-agent systems and complex networks theory are brought together to address systems engineering and management problems. The review also encompasses current and future research directions both for theoretical fundamentals and applications in the industry. This is made by considering trends such as mesoscale, multiscale, and multilayer networks along with the state-of-art analysis on network dynamics and intelligent networks. Critical and smart infrastructure, manufacturing processes, and supply chain networks are instances of research topics for which this literature review is highly relevant. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems engineering; complex networks; multi-agent systems; optimisation; processes systems engineering; agent-based control systems engineering; complex networks; multi-agent systems; optimisation; processes systems engineering; agent-based control
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Herrera, M.; Pérez-Hernández, M.; Kumar Parlikad, A.; Izquierdo, J. Multi-Agent Systems and Complex Networks: Review and Applications in Systems Engineering. Processes 2020, 8, 312.

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