Multiagent cooperative negotiation is a promising technique for modeling 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, vehicle 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 that accounts for the effects of structural changes on the composition of a system and that appears very suitable for multiagent cooperative negotiations. To show its possible uses, we apply our framework for connective stability to some negotiations taken from literature.

A formal framework for connective stability of highly decentralized cooperative negotiations

AMIGONI, FRANCESCO;GATTI, NICOLA
2007

Abstract

Multiagent cooperative negotiation is a promising technique for modeling 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, vehicle 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 that accounts for the effects of structural changes on the composition of a system and that appears very suitable for multiagent cooperative negotiations. To show its possible uses, we apply our framework for connective stability to some negotiations taken from literature.
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