Agent Technology for Electronic
Economic activity, accelerated via Internet connections between human buyers
and sellers, is accelerated further with software agents acting on behalf of
the humans. Before this agent-mediated economic activity can be adopted and
used successfully by non-expert humans, technologies of different types must be
advanced. Existing AI techniques are often applicable.
- Search techniques must find
products and services that match the user's needs, where the offerings may
be described in different terms than the requirements, or not explicitly
Internet search, user modeling, learning and natural language
understanding are applicable.
- Products and services must be
combined into packages that meet the users needs. The package may be a
simple combination with some interdependence, such as reservations for
dinner and a movie in an evening. Or the package can be a coordinated set
of products and services that, when performed in a specified order,
achieves some goal, such as a manufacturing supply chain.
Relevant technologies include combinatorial search, planning and
scheduling, temporal and spatial reasoning and reasoning about actions.
- Trust must be established,
and negotiating techniques are needed to achieve a fair exchange of
Logics of beliefs, and optimization techniques are applicable.
This special issue aims to attract researchers concerned with incorporating
AI techniques into the software agents that undertake commercial activities
over the Internet.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- trust, privacy, security of
- negotiations: bargaining,
- emergent behaviour of agent
societies: congestion, starvation
of agents, belief logics
- description logics,
- distributed reasoning by
- collaborative and competitive
behaviour of multiple agents
- planning and scheduling by
- architectures: methodologies,
frameworks, mobility of agents
- privacy and agents
Researchers interested in contributing a paper should send it electronically
to Bruce.Spencer@nrc.ca. Please
observe the Computational
Intelligence submission guidelines.
Paper lengths should not exceed 15 pages in Computational Intelligence.
Submission date: January
Notification of acceptance: Extended until April 6, 2002
Camera ready copies: April
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Institute for Information Technology – e-Business
National Research Council
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Guest Editorial Board
This special issue follows the NECAA workshop Novel E-Commerce Applications of
Agents held at the AI2001 Conference
in June 2001. Papers from that event,
as well as new papers not from NECAA are welcome for submission to ATEC.
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