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.”
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.
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
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
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
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
-- 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
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
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!
2/05; March 23, 2005; Editor: Eva Chen