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A Formal Framework for Connective Stability of Highly Decentralized Cooperative Negotiations
 

Summary: A Formal Framework for Connective Stability
of Highly Decentralized Cooperative Negotiations
Francesco Amigoni and Nicola Gatti
({amigoni,ngatti}@elet.polimi.it)
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano,
piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milano, 20133, Italy
Abstract. Multiagent cooperative negotiation is a promising technique for model-
ing and controlling complex systems. Effective and flexible cooperative negotiations
are especially useful for open complex systems characterized by high decentralization
(which implies a low amount of exchanged information) and by dynamic connection
and disconnection of agents. Applications include ad hoc network management, ve-
hicle formation, and physiological model combination. To obtain an effective control
action, the stability of the negotiation, namely the guarantee that an agreement
will be eventually reached, is of paramount importance. However, the techniques
usually employed for assessing the stability of a negotiation can be hardly applied
in open scenarios. In this paper, whose nature is mainly theoretical, we make a first
attempt towards engineering stable cooperative negotiations proposing a framework
for their analysis and design. Specifically, we present a formal protocol for cooperative
negotiations between a number of agents and we propose a criterion for negotiation
stability based on the concept of connective stability. This is a form of stability

  

Source: Amigoni, Francesco - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences