Laboratoire de Génie Informatique et d’Automatique de l’Artois

Ph.D. thesis of Jean-baptiste SOYEZ

Conception and modeling of systems of systems : a multi-level mult-agent approach

Starting date: 1 September 2010
Keywords: multi-level multi-agent modeling and simulation, Systems of systems, organisational approach, Influence/Reaction model, complex systems, intelligent autonomous vehicles
  • Advisor Rochdi MERZOUKI
  • Co-advisor Daniel DUPONT
  • Co-supervisor Gildas MORVAN

The main problematic of this thesis, which takes place in the context of the european project InTraDE (Intelligent Transportation for Dynamic Environment), deals with the modeling of systems of systems (SoS). A SoS is a system composed of a hierarchy of autonomous systems present in several representation levels. This thesis answers the need of generic modeling tools respecting the fundamental characteristics of SoS, proposing a multi-level multi-agent formalism and algorithms wich insure their respect. The use of a multi-agent model allows to take advantage of the natural autonomy of agents and the multi-level aspect of our model permits to modeled entities to reason about the organisational hierarchy of the system, carrying the explicit notion of level.

Besides the modeling of complex systems, this thesis also deals with the problematic related to their simulations, particularly, the fact that computer resources (used memory and microchips) needed to simulate with precision such systems are truly important. We propose a methodology to benefit from the muli-level simulations capacity to produce compromise between the simulation precision and the used computer resources.

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Research Centre, LILLE 1 University


Defense took place the 03/12/2013 pm31 14:00 Lille 1 University


  • Rapporteur Ali CHARARA Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Heudiasyc
  • Rapporteur François CHARPILLET INRIA-Lorraine
  • Examinateur Olivier SIMONIN INSA de Lyon
  • Examinateur Dominique LUZEAUX Ministère de la Défense
  • Examinateur Fabien MICHEL Université de Montpellier 2
  • Advisor Rochdi MERZOUKI Université de Lille 1
  • Co-advisor Daniel DUPONT Université Catholique de Lille, HEI
  • Co-supervisor Gildas MORVAN Université d'Artois