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Compensatory Negotiation for Agent-Based Project Schedule Optimization and Coordination

TitleCompensatory Negotiation for Agent-Based Project Schedule Optimization and Coordination
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsKim, K, Paulson, Jr., BC, Petrie, Jr, CJ, Lesser, VR
Date Published01/2000
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCenter for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Electronic Commerce, Multi-Agent System, Negotiation, Scheduling, Stanford University
AbstractThis paper presents a formalized negotiation methodology for distributed project schedule optimization - a framework wherein a project can be rescheduled dynamically by all of the concerned project participants. The negotiation methodology is developed to allow agents to transfer utility to other agents for compensation of disadvantageous agreements through a multi-linked negotiation process, which leads to an individually rational and globally optimal solution. The electronic commerce system based on this negotiation methodology will allow software assistant agents to evaluate the impact of their changes and advise the human subcontractors. A multi-agent prototype system will test and verify the distributed project schedule optimization framework and will provide a foundation for facilitating collaboration among project participants over the Internet. The negotiation methodology for coordinating subcontractors may also be extended to electronic supply-chain issues.
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