In the present work, distributed control and artificial intelligence are combined in a control architecture for Large Scale Systems (LSS). The aim of this architecture is to provide a general structure and methodology to perform optimal control in networked distributed environments where multiple
dependencies between sub-systems are found. Often these dependencies or connections represent control variables so the distributed control has to be consistent for both subsystems and the optimal value of these variables has to accomplish a common goal. The aim of the research described in this paper is to exploit the attractive features of MPC (meaningful objective functions and constraints) in a distributed
implementation combining learning techniques to perform the negotiation of these variables in a cooperative Multi Agent environment and over a Multi Agent platform to provide speed, scalability, and
computational effort reduction. This approach is based on negotiation, cooperation and learning. Results of
the application of this architecture to a small drinking water network show that the resulting trajectories of the levels in tanks (control variables) can be acceptable compared to the centralized solution. The
application to a real network (the Barcelona case) is currently under development.
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