Agreement Technologies (AT) refer to computer systems in which autonomous software agents negotiate with one another, typically on behalf of humans, in order to come to mutually acceptable agreements. An agent may choose whether to fulfil an agreement or not, and it should fulfil it when there is an obligation to do so derived from the standing agreements. Autonomy, interaction, mobility and openness are key concepts studied within the AT approach. Semantic alignment, negotiation, argumentation, virtual organisations, learning, real time, and several other technologies are part of the sandbox to define, specify and verify such systems.
The International Conference Series on Agreement Technologies is an interdisciplinary forum that brings together researchers and practitioners working on the various topics comprising this emergent and vibrant field. It provides an avenue to discuss and exchange new ideas and techniques for the design, implementation and verification of next generation open distributed systems centered on the notion of agreement among computational agents. AT-2016 will be held on December 15-16, 2016, in Valencia (Spain), co-located with EUMAS-16.
Final decisions to authors have been delayed until October, 20th
Online registration is open now!
The submission deadline has been extended: September 16, 2016
The selected best papers will be invited for a special issue in the AI Comm (IF 2015: 0.547)
The CFP is available
The website is launched
Deadline for papers submission: September 16, 2016 (Extended)
Final decisions to authors: October 20, 2016 (Extended)
Camera Ready Papers: October 30, 2016
Conference: 15- 16 December, 2016
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Roma, Italy
Title: Autonomy and Roles of Intelligent Social Agents in our Hybrid and Mixed World (EurAi Sponsored Keynote Speaker)
Ag-MAS community created autonomous and proactive intelligent entities (which will become ‘presences’ and ‘roles’ in our hybrid (human and artificial agent) society and mixed reality (combined virtual and ‘real’ world). Now a question will be: are we able to manage these autonomous and too informed and intelligent agents? It is not only a problem of level of delegation (open vs. restricted and specified) or of the possibility of initiative in cooperation with ‘over-help’, ‘critical-help’, and even with functional norms violations. (I will discuss of that). It is not only a matter of ‘adjustable autonomy’ and negotiation of the degree of control based on trust and self-trust (I will discuss of).
It is a matter of: which roles will those material or immaterial, visible and invisible ‘entities’ play in our life and environment? Will they be our ‘Guardian angel’ with a ‘tutelary’ role? Or our tempting Devil (for the benefit of some marketing strategy)? Or will they be an influencing and manipulating manager for hidden political or economic powers? Or our supervisor and exploiter in the ICT-Panopticon we live in?
Which interests they will care of? Of the interests of sellers or of us as consumers? Of the interests of dominant groups or of submitted and discriminated people? Which political and moral view will orient them: I mean not our ‘car drivers’ but our ‘society drivers’ and our ‘lifenavigator’. Shouldn’t we develop not only useful ‘agreement technologies’ but also some ‘disagreement’ supporting technologies? Intelligent Agents will decide "for us", but in wath sense?: “instead of” us or also “for our good”? Robots and IntAgs will not govern for their own interests, but in whose interests?
Interactive Intelligence Group, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Title: The Effectiveness and Current State of the Pocket Negotiator
The Pocket Negotiator is a negotiation support system developed at TU Delft. It was developed as a tool for supporting people in bilateral negotiations over multi-issue negotiation problems in arbitrary domains. The user is presented with a qualitative preference elicitation tool that is based on Harvard’s approach for addressing underlying concerns. The qualitative profile is automatically translated to additive linear utility functions. The user receives help, not only in constructing a preference profile for himself or herself, but also in constructing an estimate of the preference profile of other negotiating party. Furthermore, the user receives bidding advice and an advice of when to accept a bid of the other party. In this talk we present the essentials of the underlying techniques, give a short demo of the system, and we present evidence of the effectiveness of the Pocket Negotiator. We conclude with an overview of the work that still has to be done to bring this demonstrator to a marketable product.
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The conference will be held at the Rectorado building (3A) at Universitat Politècnica de València. UPV is located in the north area of Valencia, on the outskirts of the city, near the beach, 2km away from the historical city center and close to the new and symbolic parts of the city, with young people and a lively nightlife. In the UPV campus there is a wide variety of services such as bars, restaurants, a travel agency, a pharmacy, shops, etc. The campus is well linked to the city, the beach and the airport by bus, tram, underground and highways.
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