(A TMR Proposal)
Research objectives and content
Emporium will explore how to design new electronic market places
and tools for the emerging Information Society.
Its focus is on multi agent systems, specially the study and modelling
of agent-mediated interactions that satisfy explicit accountability
requirements (related to security, fairness, privacy, liability and the
like). Such accountable interactions are fundamental to induce trustworthy
network-based electronic marketplaces and practices.
The research will result in three types of products:
The project includes training, basic research, software development and
technology transfer that go from the identification of market needs to
actual deployment of prototypes. These activities are structured into 42
tasks with specific objectives and deliverables. All tasks involve at least
two of the seven Emporium partners which are all leading groups in complementary
Proof-of-concept prototypes of accountable agents and accountable
electronic marketplaces, such as electronic auction houses and software
agents that may trade or negotiate on behalf of their owners.
Theoretical foundations for these developments, involving formal
methods as well as specification, testing and verification tools and techniques.
Assessment of their legal and commercial implications.
Semestral workshops allow for review, update and diffusion of network activities
with the participation of invited authorities, business associates and
Emporium will train young scientists in the emerging field of electronic
markets and their enabling agent-based technologies:
Training is organised around well-defined threads of tasks through which
trainees will visit working teams in each speciality which will provide
them with tutoring, specialised instruction and intensive research and
development practice. Trainees will also participate in the projectÕs
Electronic Market Engineering,
Agent-mediated Negotiation and Argumentation,
Formal Specification and Testing in Multi Agent Systems.
University of Bath (U.K.)
Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
ESI, Ltd (U.K.)