Asset Negotiation and Trade-Off Support within a Multi-Agent Environment

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Abrahams, Brooke and Zeleznikow, John ORCID: 0000-0002-8786-2644 (2008) Asset Negotiation and Trade-Off Support within a Multi-Agent Environment. In: Proceedings of first International Working Conference on Human Factors and Computational Models in Negotiation. Hindriks, Koen V and Brinkman, Willem-Paul, eds. ACM Press, New York, pp. 4-10.


Argumentation theory is often used in multi-agent systems to facilitate autonomous agent reasoning and multi-agent interaction. The technology can also be used to develop online negotiation and mediation services by providing argument structures that assist parties involved in a dispute to resolve outstanding issues or avoid future disputes. While Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) represents a move from a fixed and formal process to a more flexible one, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) moves ADR from a physical to a virtual place. The research aims to capitalise on the recent trend towards ODR by creating a JADE based multi-agent ODR environment. The utility functions and argument structures of two existing ODR applications are being re-deployed as Web based intelligent agents capable of intuitively coordinating during a negotiation. One agent uses expert knowledge of the Australian Family Law domain to recommend a percentage property split, while another uses heuristics and game theory and combines this split with a significance rating of items provided by each party, to allocate issues and advise upon possible trade-offs. The ultimate aim is to provide disputants with an integrated ODR environment offering a range of services to assist them in achieving fairer outcomes.

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HuCom '08 First International Working Conference on Human Factors and Computational Models in Negotiation
Delft, Netherlands, December 8-9, 2008

Item type Book Section
DOI 10.1145/1609170.1609171
ISBN 9789081381116
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Historical > FOR Classification > 0803 Computer Software
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Keywords ResPubID15073 alternative dispute resolution, Bayesian reasoning, JADE, multi-agent system, online dispute resolution, ODR
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