Distributed route choice control in DCV-based baggage handling systems

A.N. Tarau, B. De Schutter, and H. Hellendoorn, "Distributed route choice control in DCV-based baggage handling systems," Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Control Applications, Saint Petersburg, Russia, pp. 818-824, July 2009.

In this paper we develop advanced control methods for routing individual vehicles which ensure automatic transportation of bags in a baggage handling system of an airport. In particular we consider distributed model predictive control and a distributed heuristic control approach. The baggage handling system performs efficiently if all the bags are transported to the corresponding end points within a specific time window, and this makes the process of handling baggage time-critical. The proposed control approaches are effective for the given application. To assess their performance we consider a benchmark case study, in which the methods are compared for several scenarios. Results indicate that the distributed approaches improve the performance of the vehicle-based baggage handling system with up to 20%.

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Bibtex entry:

        author={A.N. Tar{\u{a}}u and B. {D}e Schutter and H. Hellendoorn},
        title={Distributed route choice control in {DCV}-based baggage handling systems},
        booktitle={Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Control Applications},
        address={Saint Petersburg, Russia},

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