Q.C. (Qing Chuan) Ye

Erasmus School of Economics
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM Doctoral Student
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2012

PhD Project

Multi-agent systems for container transportation

Multi-agent systems (MAS) have been an upcoming topic in the eld of logistics, especially in production and transportation. Even though it is promising, not much research has been conducted yet. Implementation of
MAS in logistics has been scarce. In our research, we try to tackle some of the issues MAS has that restricts its use. We will look into the issue of how to combine the solutions from distributed subproblem into a global solution while still being able to guarantee a certain solution quality. Furthermore, we will look at how to deal with incentive problems among agents in MAS. This will be an interdisciplinary study, as we will make use of techniques from several elds, such as game theory, data mining and machine learning, next to multi-agent simulation and optimization techniques from Operations Research. Finally, we have two problem instances from container logistics on which we can test our approach.

Keywords
multi-agent optimization; multi-agent simulation; mechanism design; synchromodal planning; container transportation; auctions; negotia- tion
Time frame
2012 -

Address

Visiting address

Office: Tinbergen Building H07-26
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Latest publication

S. Verwer, Y. Zhang & Q.C. Ye (2017). Learning optimization models in the presence of unknown relations. Artificial Intelligence, 244 (March), 368-395. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.artint.2015.05.004

Supervisory team

Qing Chuan Ye
Professor of Econometrics (Operations Research and Informatics)
Promotor, Daily supervisor
Qing Chuan Ye
Yingqian Zhang
Daily supervisor