Arguing and Negotiating in the Presence of Social Influences

  • Nishan C. Karunatillake
  • Nicholas R. Jennings
  • Iyad Rahwan
  • Timothy J. Norman
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11559221_23

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3690)
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Karunatillake N.C., Jennings N.R., Rahwan I., Norman T.J. (2005) Arguing and Negotiating in the Presence of Social Influences. In: Pěchouček M., Petta P., Varga L.Z. (eds) Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV. CEEMAS 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3690. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

When agents operate in a society with incomplete information and with diverse and conflicting influences, they may, in certain instances, lack the knowledge, the motivation and/or the capacity to enact all their commitments. However, to function as a coherent society it is important for these agents to have a means to resolve such conflicts and to come to a mutual understanding about their actions. To this end, argumentation-based negotiation provides agents with an effective means to resolve conflicts within a multi-agent society. However, to engage in such argumentative encounters, agents require four fundamental capabilities; a schema to reason in a social context, a mechanism to identify a suitable set of arguments, a language and a protocol to exchange these arguments, and a decision making functionality to generate such dialogues. This paper presents formulations of all of these capabilities and proposes a coherent framework that allows agents to argue, negotiate, and, thereby, resolve conflicts within a multi-agent society.

Keywords

Argumentation-based Negotiation Conflict Resolution 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nishan C. Karunatillake
    • 1
  • Nicholas R. Jennings
    • 1
  • Iyad Rahwan
    • 2
    • 3
  • Timothy J. Norman
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Institute of InformaticsThe British University in DubaiDubaiUAE
  3. 3.(Fellow) School of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  4. 4.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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