NAIMAN: Normative Artificial Intelligence for regulating MANufacturing

Responsable LIMOS : NARDIN Luis Gustavo
Coordinator : Luis Gustavo NARDIN
Begin of project : March 1, 2023 - Fin du projet : Feb. 28, 2027


The digital transformation of manufacturing industries provides a nurturing environment for the adoption of more autonomous and (self-)adaptive technologies that can quickly and flexibly respond to endogenous and exogenous changes, while being transparent and complying with sustainable regulations. This modern manufacturing industrial setting is organised in three layers: (i) physical layer: access to the physical system, (ii) knowledge layer: information to manage and control the industrial processes, and (iii) application layer: an environment for automating these industrial processes. NAIMAN focuses on the last two layers, assuming that the heterogeneous physical systems on the physical layer are accessible via a uniform interface. In this complex ecosystem, industrial processes automation is tackled with the use of autonomous and intelligent agents that interact with each other on the application layer. In the knowledge layer, we target the domain knowledge representing the normative aspects (i.e., norms and sanctions) regulating these industrial settings and processes. Norms represent the expected agents' behaviour. We advocate that they are a rich and flexible concept for regulating manufacturing systems. Sanctions as reactions to any violation of or compliance with these expected behaviours are used to balance the agents' autonomy and the overall manufacturing system's control. The knowledge layer allows agents to reason about the production capabilities and capacities together with regulations to decide how and where to carry out their production tasks. The explicit normative representation and reasoning enable agents to both adapt the execution of industrial processes to unexpected situations and conditions, and to transparently and intelligibly express their decisions to an human operator. Hence, the main goal is to develop technologies demonstrated on industrial platforms that enable agents to operate in heterogeneous and dynamic industrial settings and reason about normative aspects to enhance flexibility, resilience, trustworthiness, and sustainability of manufacturing systems.

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