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Shaman

Description

Software and human agents in multiattribute auctions and negotiations is a planned joint project.

In traditional societies, a shaman is a person who, usually in an altered state of consciousness, acts as an intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds to predict and control the future, cure illness, generate miracles, and the like. Originally applied to societies in Siberia and Central Asia, the term now is used ... in any part of the world.

Members

Australia: Ryszard Kowalczyk
Canada: Gregory Kersten, Rustam Vahidov
Germany: Christof Weinhardt
Taiwan: Hsiangchu Lai

Introduction

Shaman is a proposed framework for the construction and operation of heterogeneous systems enabling business interactions such as auctions and negotiations between software and human agents across those systems. Shaman is a dss-centric software environment which cooperates with and serves the users of distributed auction and negotiation systems. The dss are used to provide integration and coordination between the participating systems.

Foundations

The Shaman framework is based on the following foundations: (1) decision aids and support systems, (2) software agents, their roles and environment, (3) auction and negotiation protocols and taxonomy; and (4) e-markets.

Framework

The proposed framework comprises four unified software platforms (Invite, meet2trade, eNAs and GoGo) each with similar but also distinctively different functionalities. The overview of the four platforms comprising the Shaman framework is given in Figure 12.
In each of the software platform we can distinguish the following three main functions which are accessible to the platform users, both people and software agents:
1. The market function which allows the users of the platform to interact, engage in exchange of information and conduct transactions.
2. The agent function which allows the users to interact with a software agent, formulate requests to these agents and activate them to undertake specific actions.
3. The dss function, which allows users and software agents to select and use tools helping them to construct and solve models, analyze solutions, etc.

Paper

InterNeg Research Papers INR03/07, Shaman: Software and Human Agents in Multiattribute Auctions and Negotiations

 
  December 11, 2017
 
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