Practical Strategic Reasoning and Adaptation in Rational Argument-Based Negotiation

  • Michael Rovatsos
  • Iyad Rahwan
  • Felix Fischer
  • Gerhard Weiss
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4049)


Recent years have seen an increasing interest of multiagent system research in employing the theory of argumentation for the development of communication protocols. While significant progress has been made in formalising argument-based communication, (possibly adaptive) agent-level argumentation strategies as a practical integration of rational agent reasoning and inter-agent argumentation dialogues have received fairly little attention. In this paper we propose the use of the InFFrA framework in argument-based negotiation. This framework allows for a strategic and adaptive communication to achieve private goals within the limits of bounded rationality in open argumentation communities. The feasibility of the approach is illustrated in an agent-based web linkage scenario, showing that its performance is comparable to that of simple proposal-based negotiation while accommodating much stricter constraints regarding “what can be said” like those used in argumentation.


Multiagent System Autonomous Agent Argumentation Strategy Goal Structure Active Frame 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Rovatsos
    • 1
  • Iyad Rahwan
    • 2
  • Felix Fischer
    • 3
  • Gerhard Weiss
    • 3
  1. 1.School of InformaticsThe University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Institute of InformaticsThe British University in DubaiDubai, UAE
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsTechnical University of MunichGarchingGermany

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