By Frank Dignum, Carles Sierra

It is now now not essential to argue the significance of agent know-how. Be- des quite a few meetings and workshops on speci c features of agent know-how there also are many businesses which are exploring its exploitation chances. within the mild of those advancements and to be able to foster the move of agent know-how from learn labs to company, the ecu has funded a \network of exc- lence" dedicated to agent know-how. This community of excellence, known as AgentLink (http://www. agentlink. org/), goals at bringing jointly learn teams from d- ferent international locations and commercial builders. the last word objective is to create synergy one of the di erent initiatives and teams to enhance the competence of ecu and the distinction of academia. on the way to do so objective, Agent- hyperlink organises academic actions (summer schools), builds agent-related - terature repositories, and enables collaboration among member nodes. one of many major actions concerning the final aspect are the standard conferences of \S- cial curiosity teams" (SIGs). At this second six SIGs are functioning, concentrating on subject matters starting from agent dependent social simulation to clever brokers for telecommunications functions and telematics. the present publication combines effects from the actions of the SIG on \Agent Mediated digital Commerce". This SIG gathers the most learn teams and business companions drawn to using agent expertise in el- tronic trade. in the beginning the publication features a roadmap of study and present technological advancements within the zone of agent-mediated digital commerce.

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J. Wooldridge, editors, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents’98), pages 301–308, New York, May 9–13, 1998. ACM Press. 1 Introduction The most widespread and studied approach for managing negotiation between agents in a setting like electronic commerce relies on negotiation protocols. They are a set of guidelines that the agents of the system have to follow and that structure message passing. This enables agents to communicate knowing the types of messages they can receive, the types of messages they can send and at what time.

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3 Outline of the Chapter In the remainder of this paper, we will provide a detailed four-step approach leading to the building of a state transition diagram of a negotiation protocol. Such a work can be compared to the four layers given by [3] that distinguishes (1) the structure/syntax of messages, (2) the message types, (3) the procedures for preparing messages to send and for processing received messages, (4) the protocols as frameworks for dialogue. -L. 2). , the various states the agents can reach while communicating).

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