Abstract of FKI-234-99

Document-Name:  fki-234-99.ps.gz
Title:		Exploring auction-based leveled-commitment contracting
                Part I: English-type auctioning
Authors:	Felix Brandt 
		Gerhard Weiss 
Revision-Date:	1999/12/16 
Category:	Technical Report (Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz)
Abstract:	A key problem addressed in the area of multiagent systems 
		is the automated assignment of multiple tasks to executing 
		agents.The automation of multiagent task assignment 
		requires that the individual agents (i) use a common protocol 
		that prescribes how they have to interact in order to come to 
		an agreement and  (ii) fix their final agreement in a contract 
		that specifies the commitments resulting from the assignment 
		on which they agreed. This report describes a novel approach 
		to automated task assignment in multiagent systems that is 
		based on an auction-based protocol and on leveled commitment 
		contracting. This approach is applicable in a broad range of 
		realistic scenarios in which knowledge-intensive negotiation 
		among agents is not feasible and in which future 
		environmental changes may require agents to breach their 
		contracts.
Keywords:	automated task-assignment in multiagent systems,
		auctioning, leveled commitment contracting.
Size:		20 pages
Language:	English
ISSN:		0941-6358
Copyright:	The ``Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz''
		series includes primarily preliminary publications,
		specialized partial results, and supplementary
		material. In the interest of a subsequent final
		publication these reports should not be copied. All
		rights and the responsability for the contents of the
		report are with the authors, who would appreciate
		critical comments.

Matthias Nickles