Arguing and negotiating in the presence of social influences

Nishan C. Karunatillake, Nicholas R. Jennings, Iyad Rahwan, Timothy J. Norman

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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 multiagent society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-Agent Systems and Applications IV
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems
EditorsMichael Pechoucek, Paolo Petta, Laszlo Z. Varga
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783540317319
ISBN (Print)9783540290469
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 15 Sep 200517 Sep 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems
Abbreviated titleCEEMAS 2005


  • argumentation-based negotiation
  • conflict resolution

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