AAAI-08 Workshop on Trading Agent Design and Analysis (TADA-08)

July 14, 2008 -- Chicago, Illinois

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 2008 Trading Agent Competition (TAC-08), with finals held during AAAI-08.

Morning Program
8:00 - 9:00 Watch the start of the day’s Competition, including the semi-finals of the TAC-SCM Baseline Competition, the finals of the Procurement Challenge, and the finals of the CAT Competition
9:00-9:15Welcome and Workshop Overview
9:15-10:30 Full Papers - Session I (session chair: Bill Walsh):
  • Applications of Classifying Bidding Strategies in TAC -- Mark L. Gruman and Manjunath Narayana -- University of Massachusetts
  • Bidding Heuristics for Simultaneous Auctions: Lessons from TAC Travel -- Amy Greenwald, Seong Jae Lee, and Victor Naroditskiy -- Brown University
  • The 2007 Procurement Challenge: A Competition to Evaluate Mixed Procurement Strategies -- A. Sardinha, M. Benisch, N. Sadeh, R. Ravichandran, V. Podobnik and M. Stan. – Carnegie Mellon University, University of Zagreb and University of Bucharest
10:30-11:00Coffee Break
11:00-12:10Panel I: "Mixed Initiative Competitions: New Research and Education Opportunities" Panel Chair: Norman Sadeh - Panel Members: Maria Gini, Amy Greenwald, Wolf Ketter, and Peter McBurney.
12:10-13:45Lunch Break
Afternoon program
13:45 - 15:00 Full Papers - Session II (Session Chair: Amy Greenwald):
  • Information Feedback and Efficiency in Multiattribute Double Auctions -- Kevin M. Lochner and Michael P. Wellman -- University of Michigan
  • A Survey of Agent Designs for TAC SCM -- Wolfgang Ketter, John Collins, and Maria Gini – Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and University of Minnesota
  • The 2007 TAC SCM Prediction Challenge -- David Pardoe and Peter Stone -- University of Texas at Austin
15:00-15:15 Short Paper Presentations (Session Chair: J. Collins):
  • Designing an Effective E-Market: An Overview of the CAT Agent -- Ana Petric, Vedran Podobnik, Andrej Grguric, Marijan Zemljic -- University of Zagreb
15:15-15:30 Demo Presentation:
  • Andrew Nelson, Agent Configuration Editor, University of Minnesota
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-17:10 Panel II: TAC: What Next? Bridging the Adoption Gap between Academia and Industry Panel Chair: Wolf Ketter - Panel Members: John Collins, Patrick Jordan, Norman Sadeh, and Bill Walsh.
  • Can we articulate a research agenda that will lead to more significant impact outside the academic trading agent community, especially in business/industry?
  • How can we connect better to the broader Artificial Intelligence, Business and Economics communities? Game (fully autonomous agents) vs. real industry problems (mixed-initiative systems)! How can we apply gained knowledge from TAC SCM to real industry problems? Do we have examples of knowledge transfer and real projects?
  • Is the current game too abstract to be of interest to the business community? If so, is there a way to achieve a better balance between research and business relevance?
NOTE: Full papers: 20 min presentation and 5 min Q&A, Short papers: 12min presentation and 3 min Q&A
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