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Simulation of Carpooling Agents with the Janus Platform

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In Journal of Ubiquitous Systems & Pervasive Networks, vol. 5(2), pp. 9-15, IASKS, 2014.
ISSN 1923-7332
DOI: 10.5383/JUSPN.05.02.002.
Abstract:
Carpooling is an emerging alternative transportation mode that is eco-friendly and sustainable as it enables commuters to save time, travel resource, reduce emission and traffic congestion. The procedure of carpooling consists of a number of steps namely; (i) create a motive to carpool, (ii) communicate this motive with other agents, (iii) negotiate a plan with the interested agents, (iv) execute the agreed plans, and (v) provide a feedback to all concerned agents. The state-of-the-art research work on agent-based modeling is limited to a number of technical and empirical studies that are unable to handle the complex agent behavior in terms of coordination, communication and negotiations. In this paper, we present a conceptual design of an agent-based model (ABM) for the carpooling a that serves as a proof of concept. Our model for the carpooling application is a computational model that is used for simulating the interactions of autonomous agents and to analyze the effects of change in factors related to the infrastructure, behavior and cost. In our carpooling application, we use agent profiles and social networks to initiate our agent communication model and then employ a route matching algorithm, and a utility function to trigger the negotiation process between agents. We plan to, as a part of the future work, develop a prototype of our agent- based carpooling application based on the work presented in this paper. Furthermore, we also intend to carry out a validation study of our results with real data.
Keywords:
Carpooling Problem, Multi-agent simulation, Organizational Model, Janus Platform
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International journal with reading committee
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