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InterNeg Newsletter
March 2005

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It has been a pleasure working with you this past year, and I am thrilled to continue our strong partnership in 2005 and beyond. It is not only my opinion that we are doing a good job and achieving results, but also, after a long wait, we received the official letter from Les MacDonald (Director Strategic Programs and Joint Initiatives), in which he wrote:

“I would like to convey our appreciation for your hospitality as well as for the time and effort that your team devoted to organizing the event. The [Midterm Peer Review] Committee left the visit enriched by the presentations made and the exchanges that followed during the public and in camera meetings. The Committee was truly impressed by many of your team’s accomplishments to date. It recognized the potential impact that your project will have on the field of study. The members were also impressed by the enthusiasm of the team, both researchers and students, and the community partner representatives having concluded that the project is well on track towards achieving the objectives that the Council sets for projects funded under the CRI program. The Committee has recommended the continuation of SSHRC-INE support. I am pleased to inform you that the Council has endorsed this recommendation.”

I would like to thank you for your work, help and support. This has been a true team effort ! --Gregory Kersten


Clan Summit in Vienna

The Group Decision and Negotiation (GDN) conference in Vienna, Austria this July 2005 promises to be “the event” for the e-negotiation group. This conference is organized by Mel Shakun, Gregory Kersten, Rudolf Vetschera and Marc Kilgour. In e-negotiation, we have six organized sessions with a total of seventeen full papers from people in Asia, Europe and North America. This event will showcase research from the areas of support systems, methodological foundations and behavioral aspects of GDN, as well as technological foundations and applications of GSS/NSS. We look forward to seeing everyone there to renew old ties and forge new friendships.

Don’t forget early registration is before April 30, 2005. We are just as excited as Lutz (picture on the right) with the thought of seeing you. -- Eva Chen


First Interneg International Seminar

Markets, negotiations and dispute resolution in the new economy

Our first international seminar was held on October 12 and 13, 2004 at the Samuel Bronfman Atrium here in Montreal and was a great success.

The two day event began with a welcoming speech from the Dean of John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Dr. J. Tomberlin and featured many speakers, lots of food, and time for the project members to renew friendships and collaborations! Many of our international partners were able to attend and present their latest e-negotiation research and developments. Among our honored guests were, Yufei Yuan, Morad Benyoucef, Christof Weinhardt, Teri Kirk, Daniel Rolli, Dirk Neuman, Marina Sokolova and Ofir Turel. We were also thrilled with presentations by our visiting guests, Hsiangchu Lai and Jesus Rios, both of whom have returned to their homes and are greatly missed.

The organization of the event was a truly remarkable team effort. Everyone had a job to do and did it well! Carol Acton of CIT creatively and professionally produced posters, agendas and an impressive CD label and jewel case, specially designed for the seminar. Mary Waterhouse, also from CIT did a very professional job of setting up the on-line registration and was forever patient with our many changes! I would like to say a very special thanks to you all for a job well done.--Norma Paradis


Progress of the Invite Platform

The Invite system development project has made significant progress since the SSHRC review in October, 2004. The Invite system is an e-Negotiation platform that supports many different negotiation protocols. It will enable rigorous experimental research on comparing different negotiation protocols and user interfaces. The system will soon replace the old SimpleNS and Inspire systems, and several negotiation-protocols, including the INSS protocol, are planned to be implemented on top of the platform. Experiments on Invite are scheduled for the month of March and April, 2005.

The development team managed by Stefan and Jin Baek has grown into a group of seven people, consisting of newly hired graduate and undergraduate students, in addition to Ka Pong Law. These new members are: Reza, Sadat, Igor and Steve. Go check out their profiles! -- Jin Baek Kim

Letters from Afar

It is always a wonderful opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures. At John Molson School of Business, Montreal Canada, we have the privilege of hosting many foreign colleagues. There are no words to describe how much others can touch and challenge your ideas about your work and surroundings.

Two of these wonderful people, Hsiangchu Lai and Jesus Rios , have sent letters telling us about their experience in Montreal.

We welcome you to read them below.

-- Eva Chen and Norma Paradis


Excerpts from a letter written to e-Negotiation group

I have now returned to Taichung, Taiwan to enjoy the Chinese New Year holidays with my family. Although it has been almost two weeks since I left Montreal, many fond memories of people and times come to my mind often. I still watch the weather website of Montreal and read the Montreal Gazette everyday.

I remember how hard our team worked together in preparing for the e-Negotiation workshop and the SSHRC project midterm review site-visit. We worked together like a production line in a factory in order to have everything ready on time. I was so impressed with how everyone tried their best to contribute and how we all encouraged each other. The whole process of having gone through the workshop and site-visit led me to profoundly feel the team spirit of the e-Negotiation project. I am so lucky to have had the chance to be a member of the team and to have participated in these events.

In addition to working hard together, we also relaxed together. Occasional parties with good food, nice talk and good fun made the time in Montreal more unforgettable.

Actually, there are too many things to describe the good times I had in Montreal. As a foreigner, if I had to choose a sentence to describe my time in Montreal, it would be “We are a family.” I am so proud to be a member of this big family.

Hsiangchu Lai

Excerpts from a letter written to e-Negotiation group

I was nervous prior to leaving Spain for Montreal. My English was not very good and it would be my first time living in a foreign city.

During the three months that I spent in Montreal I had the opportunity to meet many great people from the e-Negotiation project who helped me in so many ways. People like Eva, who introduced me to friends, helped me move and spend many hours helping me prepare for my presentations.

I miss working with JinBaek until very late at night and then going to Tim Hortons for caramel donuts (JB’s favorite). Gregory introduced me to the world of negotiations and my participation in his course will be very useful in my future research. He also introduced me to McKibbons Pub, where I learned much about my new friends in Montreal.

As hard as we worked, our team was always ready to enjoy life. Dressing as a pumpkin and a reindeer for Halloween, visiting Mount Royal, trips to Quebec City and parties at Norma’s house were just a few of our activities. I miss our team and our activities a lot. Although the principal aim of the visit was for me to work on my thesis and learn about negotiations, I will never forget the people who made my trip so wonderful.

I want to thank my supervisor David Rios for having given me this opportunity. I hope to see all of you in Vienna.

Life is beautiful!

Jesus Rios

Concordia University (Montreal), the University of Ottawa and Carleton University (Ottawa)
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