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The concept of intermodal network development in Poland using multi-agent systems

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Author(s): Leszek MINDUR | Marcin HAJDUL

Journal: Transport Problems : an International Scientific Journal
ISSN 1896-0596

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: intermodal transport | modelling | multi-agent systems | coordination | transport network

ABSTRACT
The market share and the development of intermodal haulages, they are still at a very low level. It amounts in total goods transported by rail to 2,5% - 3%. The major reason for this situation is lack of coherent method for intermodal network designing. Such method should take into consideration strong relations between transport users, transport service providers, so the micro scale, as well as the regions where they are operating, so the meta scale.The aim of this paper is to present method which makes possible elimination of existing barriers in intermodal transport. The proposed method, for the sake of relations between actors involved in intermodal transport organisation, refers to multi-agent system concept. This system assumes coordinated actions in favour of concrete problem solution with support of cooperating agents, that is, in described paper, actors connected with intermodal transport.Paper presents results of the research project N509 398536, called: „Intermodal logistics network in Poland – concept of model solutions and implementation aspects” carried out by the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing under scientific leadership of professor Leszek Mindur.
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