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Automated Multi-agent Negotiation Framework for the Construction Domain

  • Moamin A. Mahmoud
  • Mohd Sharifuddin Ahmad
  • Mohd Zaliman M. Yusoff
  • Arazi Idrus
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 373)

Abstract

In this paper, we propose an automated multi-agent negotiation framework for decision making in the construction domain. It enables software agents to conduct negotiations and autonomously make decisions. The proposed framework consists of two types of components, internal and external. Internal components are integrated into the agent architecture while the external components are blended within the environment to facilitate the negotiation process. The internal components are negotiation algorithm, negotiation style, negotiation protocol, and solution generators. The external components are the negotiation base and the conflict resolution algorithm. We also discuss the decision making process flow in such system. There are three main processes in decision making for specific projects, which are propose solutions, negotiate solutions and handling conflict outcomes (conflict resolution). We finally present the proposed architecture that enables software agents to conduct automated negotiation in the construction domain.

Keywords

Intelligent Software Agent Multi-agent Systems Agent and Negotiation Automated Negotiation Value Management Construction Domain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moamin A. Mahmoud
    • 1
  • Mohd Sharifuddin Ahmad
    • 1
  • Mohd Zaliman M. Yusoff
    • 1
  • Arazi Idrus
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Agent Technology, College of Information TechnologyUniversiti Tenaga NasionalKajangMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversiti Pertahanan Nasional MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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