Optimization of Task Assignment to Collaborating Agents
2011 (English)In: IEEE SSCI 2011 - Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence - CISched 2011, Paris, France: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society , 2011, 17-24 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The classic task assignment problem (AP) assigns m agents to n tasks, where each task is assigned to exactly one agent. This problem and many of its variations, including the case where a task is assigned to a group of agents working independently, have been discussed extensively in the literature. We consider a specific class of task assignment problems where each task is assigned to a group of collaborating agents that work as a team. Thus, changing one of the group members may have a vital impact on the output of the group. We assume that each agent has a set of capabilities and each task has certain requirements. The objective is to assign agents to teams such that the gain is maximized.
We suggest a Genetic Algorithm (GA) for finding a near optimal solution to this class of task assignment problems. To the best of our knowledge, this class of APs has not been considered in the literature, probably due to the difficulty of evaluating the performance of a team of agents. Recently, we have developed a formal method for measuring performance of a team which is used in this paper to formulate the objective function of our GA. We analyze the quality of the obtained solution by comparing the result of our GA with (a) the exact solution of some smaller problems, and (b) with the results of the exact solution of specific cases that can be obtained by the Hungarian algorithm. We provide experimental results on efficiency, stability, robustness and scalability of the solution obtained by our GA.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris, France: IEEE Computational Intelligence Society , 2011. 17-24 p.
Task Assignment Problem, Genetic Algorithms, Evolutionary Algorithms, Optimization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-45938DOI: 10.1109/SCIS.2011.5976547ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052082446ISBN: 978-161284196-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-45938DiVA: diva2:453151
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