Distributed Coordination for Continuous Planning

Almende - LIACS - TU Dortmund - DEAL Services - RIF - Trigion - ITC

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In this project, a novel approach towards logistic planning is developed. We call this approach continuous planning, as opposed to traditional (batch-oriented, a priori) planning.

The participation of many industrial partners in the project underlines the technical innovation of the project - the continuous planning approach is seen by many as a promising way to complement traditional planning methods, in particular for planning on the day-of-delivery. The interest from industry shows that the project results will have a strong economical impact if proven successful.


The aim of the Deliver project is to realize a planning system based on this novel approach. Such a system can be characterized as follows:

Traditional Planning System Continuous Planning System (Deliver)
The planning system runs in batch, computing a solution to a problem which must be entirely known in advance. The planning system runs continuously while being responsive to real world events and requests, computing a solution to a dynamically unfolding problem.
A solution from the planning system is global and optimal. The planning system always has one solution, which is relatively stable at a global level; optimality is only relatively important.
The planning system focuses on the computation and communication of the solution only. The planning system focuses on continuous logistics support; it is able to take initiatives to communicate with customers (escalation, delegation).


The project is a EUREKA project, with the following partners involved: