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HuCom08 - First International Working Conference on Human Factors and Computational Models in Negotiation (2008)

Human Factors and Computational Models in Negotiation

December 8 - 9, 2008

           Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Aims & Scope

Negotiation is a complex and sometimes emotional decision-making process aiming to reach an agreement to exchange goods or services. Although a daily activity, extensive research has shown that few people are effective negotiators. Current state of the art negotiation support systems can help make a significant improvement in negotiation performance. In particular, when the negotiation space is well-understood such systems can make a difference, partly because machines can much better deal with the computational complexity involved. However, the negotiation space can only be properly developed if the human parties jointly explore their interests. The inherent semantic problem and the emotional issues involved make that negotiation cannot be handled by artificial intelligence alone, and a human-machine collaborative system is required. Such systems are not only to support humans in providing strategic advice but also in coping with emotions and moods in human-human interactions.

In order to develop human-machine collaborative negotiation support systems there is a need for the development of computational models, frameworks, and experimental and user-centred methods that enable the engineering of negotiation support systems. It is important for this purpose to study the role of human factors in negotiation as well as computational models to enable intelligent support for negotiation. To develop the next generation of negotiation support systems there are still many, diverse challenges: models of (qualitative, incomplete) preferences, preference change and strategies, preference elicitation, assessment methods for negotiation performance, learning and adaptativeness in negotiation, models of emotion and user awareness, the use and creation of domain knowledge, user interfaces for negotiation support, human-supported assessment of opponent, conflict handling styles, experimental methods.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Negotiation strategies (bidding, acceptance)
  • Argumentation for negotiation
  • Negotiation interaction
  • Learning in negotiation
  • Negotiation domain knowledge
  • Preference elicitation
  • Qualitative preferences
  • Incomplete preferences
  • Ontologies for negotiation (protocols, preferences, domain knowledge)
  • Negotiation Support Systems
  • User interfaces for Negotiation Support Systems
  • Human-machine negotiation
  • Negotiation experiments
  • Personality in negotiation (e.g. Big Five)
  • Emotions in negotiation
  • Cultural factors in negotiation
  • Negotiation bidding advice
  • Negotiation conflict styles
  • Trust in negotiation
  • Negotiation applications
  • E-negotiation

This event is linked to the Inaugural Lecture of Catholijn Jonker at the Delft University of Technology and an associated large project on negotiation support systems made possible due to a prestigious Dutch NWO grant.

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