The International Automated Negotiation Agents Competition (ANAC) is now in its eleventh year of bringing together researchers from the negotiation community and spawning novel research in the field of autonomous agent design. Most recently, it was held at the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in August of 2021, and Brown CS Professor Amy Greenwald, a team of Brown CS students, and a team of Turkish collaborators earned two awards in the competition's Supply Chain Management League (SCML).
The main motivation behind the SCML is to increase the relevance of autonomous negotiation research by focusing on real-world scenarios that are characterized by dynamic, endogenous utility functions. Further, agents in this league need not only decide how to negotiate in a single negotiation session, but how to coordinate the behavior of their negotiators across multiple concurrent negotiations.
This year’s competition simulated a supply chain consisting of multiple factories that bought and sold products from one another. The factories were represented by autonomous agents that acted as factory managers. Each agent decided which other agents to buy and sell from and then negotiated with them. Their goal was to turn a profit, and the winner was the agent with the highest profit (averaged over multiple simulations).
The competition had three tracks, and Brown CS community members competed in all of them:
In the Standard Track, team Charlies Agent (Amy Greenwald with Ozyegin University students Mehmet Onur Keskin, Umit Cakan, Gevher Yesevi, and Assistant Professor Reyhan Aydogan) won the second place award.
In the Collusion Track, team Charlies Agent (Amy Greenwald with Ozyegin University students Mehmet Onur Keskin, Umit Cakan, Gevher Yesevi, and Assistant Professor Reyhan Aydogan) won the second place award.
Team Godfather (Goldfish) —Amy Greenwald with Brown CS undergraduate students Jackson De Campos and Benjamin Fiske and incoming Master’s student Chris Mascioli— won the BIRD Innovation Award.
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