The FishMarket Tournaments

Second Edition

UPC, Barcelona 1998


The first FishMarket Tournament will be soon taking place at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA). A handful of reckless AI students from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) will be developing their buyer agents to compete for having the great honour of becoming the winner of the second fishmarket tournament.

Tournament Description

A trading scenario will involve a collection of explicit parameters that characterize an artificial market. Such parameters define the bidding conditions (timing restrictions, increment/decrement steps, publicly available information, etc), the way goods are identified and brought into the market, the resources buyers may have available, and the conventions under which buyers and sellers are going to be evaluated. The following sections discuss these underlying ideas in order to both identify and make explicit all the information that buyer agents need to participate in a tournament.

A more thorough, formal view of tournaments is provided in the paper entitled Competitive Scenarios for Heterogeneous Trading Agents published in the Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Autonomous Agents.

Hints to build your own buyer agents

FishMarket Tournaments FAQ


How to participate

Easy. Just fill out this form and post it by May the 6th. Please notice that unfortunately late submissions will be rejected. So, make sure that you complete the registration process by then if you do not want to miss the historical chance of not only winning the first Fishmarket Tournament, but also of winning the right to pick on your classmates after defeating them.

On May the 6th, all admitted participants were sent via e-mail their logins and passwords. As you may have guessed, you will have more fun by grouping together with other developers and agreeing on letting your agents trade in the same fishmarket.

On that very same day a list of participants will be made publicly available.


First Round (5/5/1998)

Second Round (16/6/1998)

Related information. The FishMarket Project

Do you need to know more about the fishmarket project? Perhaps you would like to go through the fishmarket project webpage. There, you can visit the fish market in Blanes, tour around FM96.5 (a Java-based version of the fish market), download our publications or visit the team members' web pages.
Updated: January, 5th 1999

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