TitleAutomated negotiation : prospects, methods and challenges
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsJennings NR, Faratin P, Lomuscio A.R, Parsons S, Wooldridge M, Sierra C
JournalGroup Decision and Negotiation
Volume10
Number2
Pagination199-215
Abstract

An increasing number of computer systems are being viewed in terms of 'autonomous agents'. There are two main drivers to this trend. Firstly, agents are being advocated as a next generation model for engineering complex, distributed systems (Jennings 2000; Wooldridge 1997). Secondly, agents are being used as an overarching framework for bringing together the component AI subdisciplines that are necessary to design and build intelligent entities (Nilsson 1998; Russel and Norvig 1995). While trere is still much debate about the precise nature of agenthood, an increasing numer of researchers find the following characterisation useful (Wooldridge 1997):'an agent is an encapsulated computer system that is situated in some environment and that is capable of flexible, autonomous action in that environment in order to meet its design objectives.