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Hello!  Apologies for cross-posting.

I wanted to forward on this call for participation in the Automated Negotiating Agents Competition.  I think this group may be specifically interested in the Human-Agent League.  Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

Best Regards,

Johnathan Mell
Institute for Creative Technologies
University of Southern California

The Eleventh International Automated Negotiating Agent Competition (ANAC)

Motivation, impact, and expected outcomes
The Automated Negotiating Agent Competition (ANAC) brings together researchers from the negotiation community and provides a unique benchmark for evaluating practical negotiation strategies in multi-issue domains.  The ANAC has the following aims:

to provide an incentive for the development of effective and efficient negotiation protocols and strategies for bidding, accepting and opponent modeling for different negotiation scenarios;
to collect and develop a benchmark of negotiation scenarios, protocols and strategies;
to develop a common set of tools and criteria for the evaluation and exploration of new protocols and new strategies against benchmark scenarios, protocols and strategies;
to set the research agenda for automated negotiation.

The ANAC 2020 Human-Agent League - Call for Participation

The Human-Agent League of ANAC focuses on human-like negotiation.  This can included real-world tactics such as exchanging favors, lying about preferences, or hard-bargaining techniques.  All of these strategies serve humans well in real-world negotiation, and this league aims to show the similarities (and differences) that can occur when artificial agents engage directly with humans and use similar techniques.  Because the 2020 Challenge involves repeated negotiation, agent designers must also balance short-term and long-term strategies to ensure that they “grow the pie” and receive the highest amounts of points.

IAGO — Interactive Arbitration Guide Online

The League is conducted on the IAGO platform.  IAGO is a human-agent negotiation platform that allows researchers to rapidly develop agents that can adopt a number of “human-like” strategies.  By enabling new communication channels (such as emotions and “cheap talk”), agents and humans can engage in negotiation in a more realistic and real-world fashion.  IAGO is a web-based Java platform that allows human participants to negotiation with agents and is compatible with online subject pools such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.  For more information on IAGO, please visit its website—

How to Participate

Please visit and fill out the registration form as early as possible to download the source materials for IAGO.  You will be contacted with submission details closer to the deadline.

Submission deadline:             1 May 2019, 23:59 UTC-12
Notification to winner(s):         1 June 2019
Event:                                     IJCAI 2020, Yokohama, Japan (11-17 July 2020)

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