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AGENT-BASED APPROACH TO SPACE ALLOCATION IN GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Anthony S. Daniels, Michael G. Parsons
2006
23 pp.

This paper discusses the formulation and development of an agent-genetic hybrid optimization kernel for the Zone-deck allocation of spaces in a preliminary ship design general arrangements design system.. In this system, design agents representing the interests of the spaces and the Zone-decks are utilized to improve a population of candidate solutions. Their design change requests are accepted or denied by a domain agent if they will improve the overall ship allocation design. In parallel, a design judge agent monitors the population and reseeds dominated or infeasible solutions and a genetic algorithm agent provides periodic stochastic manipulation of the population to improve the algorithm’s global search capabilities. The algorithm is used to optimize the allocation for a 70 space-17 Zone-deck small combatant.

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