July. 14, 2018:

Please contact to organizer if you as a participant want to have the proceedings..

April. 22, 2018:

Submission deadline has been extended to May 6, 2018.

This workshop will have a special session of Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC), which will be held in conjunction with IJCAI/ECAI 2018.

Important dates

Submission deadline April 23, 2018.

May 6, 2018. (Extended)

Acceptance notification May 20, 2018.
Camera-ready deadline June 20, 2018.
ACAN 2018 July 13-15, 2018.

Complex Automated Negotiations have been widely studied and are one of the emerging areas of research in the field of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. These days AI systems have been developed by many different companies and organizations. In the near future, if a lot of heterogeneous AI systems are acting in a society, then we do need to have coordination mechanisms based on automated negotiation technologies. It must be complex and also autonomous because of the complexity of our society.

The complexity in an automated negotiation depends on several factors: the number of negotiated issues, dependencies between these issues, representation of the utility, negotiation procedural and protocol, negotiation form (bilateral or multi-party), time constraints negotiation goals, and so on. Complex automated negotiation scenarios are concerned with negotiation encounters where we may have for instance, a large number of agents, a large number of issues with strong interdependencies, real time constraints, concurrent and inter-depended negotiation, and etc. Many real world negotiation scenarios present one or more of the mentioned elements. Software agents can support the automation of complex negotiations, by negotiating on the behalf of their owners and providing adequate strategies to their owners to achieve realistic, win-win agreements. In order to provide solutions in such complex automated negotiation scenarios, research has focused on incorporating different technologies including search, CSP, graphical utility models, Bayesian nets, auctions, utility graphs, optimization and predicting and learning methods. The applications of complex automated negotiations could include e-commerce tools, decision-making support tools, negotiation support tools, collaboration tools, as well as knowledge discovery and agent learning tools.

Main topics

ACAN2018 will discuss, among others, the following aspects and topics of such complex automated negotiations within the field of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, which have distinct relationships with AAMAS main conference topics:

  • Complex Automated Negotiations Frameworks and Mechanisms.
  • Bilateral and Multilateral Negotiations, High dimension Multi-Issue Negotiations, Large Scale Negotiations, Concurrent Negotiations, Multiple Negotiations, Sequential Negotiations, Negotiations under Asymmetric Information, and so on
  • Prediction of Opponent's Behaviours and Strategies in Negotiations
  • Machine Learning in Negotiations
  • Simulation Models and Platforms for Complex Negotiations
  • Coordination Mechanisms for Complex Negotiations
  • Matchmaking and Brokering Mechanisms
  • 2-Sided Matching
  • Utility and Preference Elicitation Technologies in Negotiations
  • Utility and Preference Representations in Negotiations
  • Computational Complexity of Multi-Issue Negotiations
  • Real-life Aspects of Electronic Negotiations
  • Negotiations with Humans, Negotiations in Social Networks etc.
  • Knowledge management in Automated Negotiations.
  • Moral consideration for automated negotiations.
  • Applications for Automated Negotiations (e.g. cloud computing, smart grid, electronic commerce etc.)

A considerable number of researchers in various sub-communities of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems are actively working on these and related issues. They are, for instance, being studied in agent negotiations, multi-issue negotiations, auctions, mechanism design, electronic commerce, voting, secure protocols, matchmaking and brokering, argumentation, co-operation mechanisms and distributed optimization.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from these communities to learn about each other's approaches to the complex negotiation problems, encourages the exchange of ideas between the different areas, and potentially fosters long-term research collaborations to accelerate progress towards scaling up to larger and more realistic applications.

Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC) Special Session From 2010, ACAN is tightly cooperating with ANAC (Automated Negotiating Agents Competition). This year, we have an ANAC special session, in which we plan to explain and discuss the research challenges addressed in ANAC 2018.


Submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=acan2018 (tentative)

Submissions should conform to the ACM SIG style (see http://www.acm.org/publications/article-templates/proceedings-template.html for more details) and should not be more than 8 pages long (excluding appendices). The workshop welcomes submissions of original works relevant to the topics described above. This year, the workshop will accept submissions of both full papers (maximum 8 pages) and short papers (maximum 4 pages).

Review Process and Acceptance Standards For gathering high quality papers, each paper needs to be reviewed by at least three PC members or experts in the field. Acceptance standards include its technical soundness, novelty, impact and readability. The same publication procedure as our previous workshops, we are planning to publish a Post-Workshop book for ACAN2018 in Books Series Studies in Computational Intelligence, by Springer. Also, we will assume that papers accepted should have full-paper quality with small revisions for special issue in a journal (International Journal of Multiagent and Grid Systems, Knowledge-Based Systems journal, Decision Support Systems Journal, and Group Decision and Negotiation Journal- are some possibilities).

Organizing Committee

Organizing Co-Chair,
Primary Contact Person
Prof. Dr. Takayuki Ito Professor, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan.
Organizing Co-chair Prof. Dr. Minjie Zhang Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia.
Prof. Dr. Reyhan Aydoğan Assistant Professor. Özyeğin University, Turkey
Program Committee Members Prof. Takanobu Otsuka Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Rafik Hadfi Monash University, Australia
Dr. Valentin Robu Heriot-Watt University, UK
Dr. Tim Baarslag Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Tokuro Matsuo Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Japan
Prof. Dr. Juan Ramon Velasco Perez University of Alcala, Spain
Dr. Quan Bai Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dr. Fenghui Ren University of Wollongong, Australia
Dr. Chao Yu Dalian University of Technology, China
Prof. Katsuhide Fujita Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Prof. Naoki Fukuta Shizuoka University, Japan
Prof. Dr. Ivan Marsa Maestre University of Alcara, Spain
Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Lopez Carmona University of Alcara, Spain
Dr. Mark Klein MIT, USA
Dr. Scott Buffett National Research Council, Canada
Dr. Jiamou Liu Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dr. Victor Sanchez-Anguix Coventry University, United Kingdom

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