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When will negotiation agents be able to represent us? The challenges and opportunities for autonomous negotiators

Baarslag, Tim, Kaisers, Michael, Gerding, Enrico, Jonker, Catholijn M. and Gratch, Jonathan (2017) When will negotiation agents be able to represent us? The challenges and opportunities for autonomous negotiators At 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Melbourne, Australia. 19 - 25 Aug 2017. 7 pp, pp. 4684-4690. (doi:10.24963/ijcai.2017/653).

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Abstract

Computers that negotiate on our behalf hold great promise for the future and will even become indispensable in emerging application domains such as the smart grid and the Internet of Things. Much research has thus been expended to create agents that are able to negotiate in an abundance of circumstances.
However, up until now, truly autonomous negotiators have rarely been deployed in real-world applications. This paper sizes up current negotiating agents and explores a number of technological, societal and ethical challenges that autonomous negotiation systems have brought about. The questions we address are: in what sense are these systems autonomous, what has been holding back their further proliferation, and is their spread something we should encourage? We relate the automated negotiation research agenda to dimensions of autonomy and distill three major themes that we believe will propel autonomous negotiation forward: accurate representation, long-term perspective, and user
trust. We argue these orthogonal research directions need to be aligned and advanced in unison to sustain tangible progress in the field.

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Published date: August 2017
Venue - Dates: 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Melbourne, Australia, 2017-08-19 - 2017-08-25

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Local EPrints ID: 412727
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412727
PURE UUID: 1728c2de-2b6e-40b6-8431-37241f39c4f9

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Date deposited: 27 Jul 2017 16:30
Last modified: 15 Sep 2017 16:31

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Author: Tim Baarslag
Author: Michael Kaisers
Author: Enrico Gerding
Author: Catholijn M. Jonker
Author: Jonathan Gratch

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