AAAI-07 Workshop on Trading Agent Design and Analysis (TADA-07)

July 23, 2007 -- Vancouver, British Columbia

Workshop description Trading agents have become a prominent application area in Artificial Intelligence because of their potential benefits in electronic commerce, and because they present a stiff challenge to models of rational decision-making. A wide variety of trading scenarios and agent approaches have been studied, creating a broad and rich research area. This workshop will focus on the design and evaluation of trading agents. Papers on trading agent architectures, decision-making algorithms, theoretical analysis, empirical evaluations of agent strategies in negotiation scenarios, and game-theoretic analyses, are all within the scope of the workshop. See the Call for Papers for details.

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Trading Agent Competition (TAC-07), with finals held on 7/24 and 7/25 during AAAI-07.

Morning Program
9:00 - 10:30 Introductions, demonstrations, and discussion of the 2007 competition scenarios.
  • Alex Rogers: The 2007 TAC-SCM game.
  • Peter McBurney: Introduction to the TAC CAT tournament.
  • Norman Sadeh, Alberto Sardinha, and David Pardoe: TAC-SCM Challenges
11:00-12:00 Paper presentations:
  • Patrick R. Jordan and Michael P. Wellman, "Best-First Search for Approximate Equilibria in Empirical Games"
  • James Andrews, Michael Benisch, Alberto Sardinha and Norman Sadeh, "What Differentiates a Winning Agent: An Information Gain Based Analysis of TAC-SCM"
Afternoon program
13:30 - 15:00 Paper presentations:
  • Jinzhong Niu, Kai Cai, Simon Parsons and Elizabeth Sklar, "Some Preliminary Results on Competition Between Markets for Automated Traders"
  • Erik Peter Zawadzki and Kevin Leyton-Brown, "Empirically Testing Decision Making in TAC SCM"
  • John Donaldson, Amy Greenwald, Victor Naroditskiy, and Tyler Odean, "Marginal Bidding: An Application of the Equimarginal Principle to Bidding in TAC SCM"
15:30-16:00 Paper presentation:
  • P. Vytelingum, R. K. Dash, I. A. Vetsikas and N. R. Jennings, "WhiteDolphin: A TAC Travel Agent"
16:00-17:30 Panel: Norman Sadeh, Peter McBurney, Michael Wellman, and Peter Stone will address three important questions for our research community:
  • What have we learned so far in the process of developing and analyzing autonomous trading agents?
  • Can we articulate a research agenda that will lead to more significant impact outside the academic trading agent community, either in business/industry or in the broader Artificial Intelligence and Economics domains?
  • What are some of the advantages and limitations of competitive benchmarking in advancing the research agenda, and how could we make our competitions more interesting and productive?
Organizing committee John Collins, University of Minnesota (Chair)

Program committee:

  • Ken Brown, University College Cork
  • Maria Fasli, Essex University
  • Shaheen Fatima, University of Liverpool
  • Enrico Gerding, University of Southampton
  • Amy Greenwald, Brown University
  • Sverker Janson, Swedish Institute of Computer Science
  • Wolfgang Ketter, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Kate Larson, University of Waterloo
  • Pericles A. Mitkas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Tracy Mullen, Penn State University
  • Benno Overeinder, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Julian Padget, University of Bath
  • David Pardoe, University of Texas at Austin
  • Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Juan Antonio Rodriguez Aguilar, IIIA-CSIC, Catalonia
  • Alex Rogers, University of Southampton
  • Jeffrey Rosenschein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Norman Sadeh, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Alberto Sardinha, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Peter Stone, University of Texas at Austin
  • Ioannis A. Vetsikas, University of Southampton
  • Michael Wellman, University of Michigan
  • Dongmo Zhang, University of Western Sydney
  • Haizheng Zhang, Penn State University

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