Computer systems in which autonomous software agents negotiate with one another in order to come to mutually acceptable agreements are fast becoming commonplace in a wide range of networked systems (e.g., in the semantic web, Grid computing, pervasive computing and peer-to-peer systems). In such systems, agents are required to participate in a range of negotiation scenarios and exhibit a range of negotiation behaviours (depending on the context). To this end, this talk explores the issues involved in designing and implementating the mechanisms and the strategies by which such agreements can be attained.
Nick Jennings is Professor of Computer Science in the 5*-rated School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University where he carries out research in agent-based computing. He is Deputy Head of School (Research), Head of the Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group (which consists of some 120 research staff and postgraduate students), Director of the BAE Systems / EPSRC Strategic Partnership on Decentralised Data and Information Systems, and is also the Chief Scientific Officer for Lost Wax.
Professor Jennings helped pioneer the application of multi-agent technology; developing some of the first real-world systems. This focus led him into the areas of agent-based software engineering and the Semantic Grid. More recently, his focus is on automated bargaining, auctions, markets, mechanism design, coalition formation, decentralised control, and trust and reputation.