Michel Oey

Assistant Professor


Multi-Actor Systems


Systems Engineering

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Building 31

Room number: b1.170
Phone: +31 15 27 84412
E-mail: m.a.oey@remove-this.tudelft.nl

Secondary employment

Research interests

  • Distributed Computing
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Self-Management
  • Simulations

Dr. M.A. (Michel) Oey


Michel Oey received his PhD in Computer Science from the VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Delft University of Technology.

My main research theme is “The Technical Design of Large-Scale, Distributed, Socio-Technical Systems” and particularly distributed systems that are at the core of a participatory system. The focus lies on the design of a distributed ICT infrastructure that enables such participatory systems. The design of this infrastructure involves a number of challenges: scalability, security/privacy, integrity, trust, engagement, management, etc. Self-management/autonomy is a subtheme within this research. The Multi-Agent System paradigm is chosen to design the architecture of an infrastructure for these large-scale, distributed, socio-technical systems. The autonomy and loosely-coupled nature of multi-agent systems are particularly suitable to design and build an architecture for participatory systems. Systems in which local knowledge, distributed decision making, distributed negotiation, distributed monitoring, and security/trust are key elements. Distributed simulations and emulations are the approaches used for evaluation and validation. To this purpose, AgentScape is used, which is a Distributed Multi-Agent Platform, for which I am one of the main designers. Currently, my research focuses on the domains of Crisis Management and Smart Energy Systems.

Key publications

  • S.A. Rezaee, M.A. Oey, C. Nevejan and F.M.T. Brazier, Participatory Demand-supply Systems, in: Procedia Computer Science, Conference on Systems Engineering Research, volume 44, pages 105 – 114, 2015.
  • M.A. Oey, Z. Genç, E.F.Y. Ogston and F.M.T. Brazier, Symphony - a Platform for Distributed Smart Energy Experiments, Springer International Publishing, Communications in Computer and Information Science, volume 430, pages 238-249, 2014.
  • M.A. Oey, Z. Genç, A. Ghorbani, H.M. Aldewereld, F.M.T. Brazier, R. Aydogan, C.M. Jonker, R.J. Timmer and N.J.E. Wijngaards, Modelling Multi-Stakeholder Systems: A Case Study, in: Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'14), Warsaw, Poland, IEEE Computer Society Press, pages 404 – 411, 2014.
  • Z. Genç, F. Heidari, M.A. Oey, S. van Splunter and F.M.T. Brazier, Agent-Based Information Infrastructure for Disaster Management, chapter Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) 2012, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, pages 349-355, 2013.
  • M.A. Oey, S. van Splunter, E.F.Y. Ogston, M.E. Warnier and F.M.T. Brazier, A Framework for Developing Agent-Based Distributed Applications, in: Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-10), Toronto, Canada, IEEE Press, pages 470-474, 2010

More publications


  • SPM4142 - MAS Design: An integrated view
  • SPM4123 - MAS Design from engineering perspective
  • TB113A – Systeemmodellering 2
  • TB133A - Agent-gebaseerd modelleren


In the horticultural fresh food supply chain network in the Netherlands a crisis is emerging. The market is out of balance and many growers are facing bankruptcy. Trust between participants in the supply chain network has decreased to an ever low. This project identifies design requirements how trust can be restored in new systems. It introduces the concept SamenMarkt®, a participatory system in which multi-agent system technology enables distributed price negotiation, distribution and communication between producers, retailers and consumers. Simulation and emulation create the basis for stakeholder- and participant involvement in the design process. SamenMarkt® can provide a solution space for the emerging global food challenges.

Symphony is a multi-agent distributed experiment platform that allows running real-world Smart Grid experiments within a distributed environment with the participation of both simulated and real-world actors. Symphony takes care of interconnection and security issues so that actors in different physical locations can safely join distributed experiments. The flexible infrastructure provided by Symphony connects participants to distributed services. These participants can use the platform, for example, to experiment with pricing and load balancing.

Distributed Agent Middleware project. A Secure, Open, Scalable, Distributed, Multi-Agent Platform

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