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Architecting for reuse: A software framework for automated negotiation

Architecting for reuse: A software framework for automated negotiation
Architecting for reuse: A software framework for automated negotiation
If agents are to negotiate automatically with one another they must share a negotiation mechanism, specifying what possible actions each party can take at any given time, when negotiation terminates and what the resulting agreements could be. The current state-of-the-art represents this as a negotiation protocol specifying the flow of messages. However, they omit other aspects of the rules of negotiation (such as obliging a participant to improve on a previous offer), requiring these to be represented implicitly in an agent's design, potentially resulting in compatibility, maintenance and re-usability problems. In this paper we propose an alternative approach, allowing all of the mechanism to be formal and explicit. We present (i) A taxonomy of declarative rules which can be used to capture a wide variety of negotiation mechanisms in a principled and well-structured way. (ii) A simple interaction protocol, which is able to support any mechanism which can be captured using the declarative rules. (iii) A software framework for negotiation, implemented in JADE [2] that allows agents to effectively participate in negotiations defined using our rule taxonomy and protocol.
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Bartolini, C.
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Preist, C.
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Jennings, N. R.
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Bartolini, C.
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Preist, C.
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Bartolini, C., Preist, C. and Jennings, N. R. (2002) Architecting for reuse: A software framework for automated negotiation. 3rd Int Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, Bologna, Italy. pp. 87-98 .

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Abstract

If agents are to negotiate automatically with one another they must share a negotiation mechanism, specifying what possible actions each party can take at any given time, when negotiation terminates and what the resulting agreements could be. The current state-of-the-art represents this as a negotiation protocol specifying the flow of messages. However, they omit other aspects of the rules of negotiation (such as obliging a participant to improve on a previous offer), requiring these to be represented implicitly in an agent's design, potentially resulting in compatibility, maintenance and re-usability problems. In this paper we propose an alternative approach, allowing all of the mechanism to be formal and explicit. We present (i) A taxonomy of declarative rules which can be used to capture a wide variety of negotiation mechanisms in a principled and well-structured way. (ii) A simple interaction protocol, which is able to support any mechanism which can be captured using the declarative rules. (iii) A software framework for negotiation, implemented in JADE [2] that allows agents to effectively participate in negotiations defined using our rule taxonomy and protocol.

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Published date: 2002
Additional Information: Event Dates: 2002
Venue - Dates: 3rd Int Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, Bologna, Italy, 2002-01-01
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 256864
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/256864
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Date deposited: 13 Jun 2003
Last modified: 23 Jun 2020 16:49

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Author: C. Bartolini
Author: C. Preist
Author: N. R. Jennings

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