Progressive Multi-Agent Negotiation

Lyndon C. Lee, British Telecom Laboratories, United Kingdom

This research is concerned with coordination among autonomous agents in cooperative domains where, despite conflicting interests, agents can always negotiate to increase their mutual benefits. We introduce a multi-agent negotiation model to model explicitly the negotiation process, and a monotonic negotiation protocol to ensure convergence. Particularly, the model formalizes progressive negotiation where negotiation among a group of agents can be divided into a number of sub-negotiations which proceed incrementally. We investigate how the sizes of these sub-negotiations affect the negotiation solution.

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