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Anarchic Manufacturing: Toward Complete Decentralisation of Production Systems

Distinguished Research Seminar Series

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  • Date

    17 Sep 2021

  • Organiser

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, PolyU

  • Time

    16:00 - 17:30

  • Venue

    Online via ZOOM  


Prof. Aydin Nassehi


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In this seminar, we will explore anarchic manufacturing, an extremely distributed planning and control philosophy, as the methodology for planning and controlling future smart factories. Anarchic manufacturing delegates decision-making authority and autonomy to the lowest level of entities in system elements with no centralised control or oversight. It is often postulated that traditional hierarchical structures may not be well suited to manage the state-of-the-art hyper-connected smart factories due to their reliance on communication between management layers. Distributed systems, on the other hand, are commonly perceived to be inherently more flexible, robust and adaptable than hierarchical systems due to their structure. In this seminar we characterise distributed systems by evaluating the relative flexibility of a representative hierarchical system against an anarchic system in various scenarios.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Aydin Nassehi

Prof. Aydin Nassehi

Professor of Production Systems
Head of Mechanical Engineering
University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Professor Aydin Nassehi has conducted research in intelligent manufacturing since 2003. He has applied distributed artificial intelligence to various aspects of manufacturing from tool path planning and machine control up to the factory level. He is Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering, has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in topics ranging from Digital Twins to Multi-agent Systems and is the Senior Editor for the International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing. He has led national and international research projects with a research portfolio of £6m. He is currently the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bristol. Read More

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