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Protocol for Organization of a Decentralized Autonomous Agents Network in Factories Using Market Mechanisms

Aleksandr Kapitonov 1, Ivan Berman 2, Sergey Lonshakov 3, Aleksandr Krupenkin 3, and Vitaly Bulatov 2
1. Department of Control Systems and Informatics, ITMO University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
2. Drone Employee, San Francisco, USA
3. Airalab, Tolyatti, Russian Federation

Abstract—The paper describes work organization methods for factories with plenty of autonomous agents with the help of market mechanisms what authors call robot economics. As a technological basis, the application of decentralized technologies is presented and justified: Blockchain technologies and smart contracts of the Ethereum network. The work is an extension of the article "Blockchain-based protocol of autonomous business activity for multi-agent systems of UAVs" and describes in more detail the architecture of the robots economics protocol. The main attention is paid to the protocol functionality and its basic elements. There is a description of the architecture of an autonomous agent working on the principles of robot economics in the article. The article shows how the work of agents is organized and how the self-correction of the factory and its agents happen. As a result, the experience of approbation of the presented methods in experiments is presented. 

Index Terms—cyber-physical systems, autonomous agents, multi-agent system, distributed systems, Blockchain

Cite: Aleksandr Kapitonov, Ivan Berman, Sergey Lonshakov, Aleksandr Krupenkin, and Vitaly Bulatov, "Protocol for Organization of a Decentralized Autonomous Agents Network in Factories Using Market Mechanisms" International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 8, No. 5, pp. 771-778, September 2019. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.8.5.771-778