Preface to the special issue on Agreement Technologies
This issue contains extended versions of 5 out of the 54 papers presented at the 1st International Conference on Agreement Technologies 2012 (AT 2012), held on October 15–16, 2012, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Agreement Technologies (AT) refer to computer systems in which autonomous software agents negotiate with one another, typically on behalf of humans, in order to come to mutually acceptable agreements. An agent may choose whether to fulfill an agreement or not, and it should fulfill it when there is an obligation to do so derived from the standing agreements. Autonomy, interaction, mobility and openness are key concepts studied within the AT approach. Semantic alignment, negotiation, argumentation, virtual organisations, learning, real time, and several other technologies are part of the sandbox to define, specify and verify such systems.
The first edition of the International Conference on Agreement Technologies, AT 2012, brought together researchers and practitioners working on the...