The Tenth International Workshop on

Agent Mediated Electronic Commerce

(AMEC 2008)

May 13, 2008

Estoril, Portugal

Preliminary Program available!

Organization & Location

The tenth AMEC workshop is held in conjunction with AAMAS-2008 (the Seventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems), in Estoril, Portugal. It will take place on May 13, 2008, preceding AAMAS 2008.

Aims and Focus

The design and analysis of electronic commerce systems in which agents are deployed involves finding solutions to a large and diverse array of problems, concerning individual agent behaviors, interaction, and collective behavior. A wide variety of electronic commerce scenarios and systems, and agent approaches to these, have been studied in recent years. These studies suggest models that support the design and the analysis at both the level of the single agent and the level of the multi-agent system.

This workshop will address both the agent level and the system level, combining design and analysis aspects of electronic commerce. The primary goal of this workshop is to continue to bring together novel work from diverse fields as Computer Science, Game Theory, Economics, Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Systems that focus on modeling, implementation and evaluation of computational trading agents and institutions. We particularly encourage work that addresses the computational and practical aspects of agent-mediated electronic commerce along the following (non-limiting) topics:

·         Agency and contract theory in e-commerce

·         AI and autonomous agent systems in e-commerce

·         Algorithmic mechanism design

·         Auction and negotiation technology

·         Automated shopping, trading, and contract management

·         Computational aspects of economics, game theory, and voting

·         Experience with e-commerce systems and markets

·         Formation of supply chains, coalitions, and virtual enterprises

·         Languages for describing agents, goods, services, and contracts

·         Learning and Intelligence aspects of trading agents

·         Peer-to-peer, grid, and other open distributed systems

·         Prediction/information markets

·         Preferences and decision theory

·         Recommendation, reputation, and trust systems

·         Software and systems requirements, architectures, and performance

Furthermore, this workshop will also welcome position papers discussing central non-technical issues of agent-mediated electronic commerce. For instance:

·         Business models and markets for AMEC

·         Novel applications

·         Past and future of AMEC technologies

·         Technical, economic, social and policy opportunities and challenges of AMEC

Preliminary program

Nine technical papers have been accepted for presentation at AMEC 2008. The workshop program consists of three technical sessions in which papers will be presented and discussed, and one panel and discussion session. A preliminary program is shown below. Please note that allocations within the program are subject to change.

Session 1: Negotiation

- Towards a Quality Assessment Method for Learning Preference Profiles in Negotiation,

  Koen Hindriks and Dmytro Tykhonov

- Reasoning and Negotiating with Complex Preferences Using CP-nets,

  Reyhan Aydogan, Nuri Tasdemir and Pinar Yolum

- Towards Automated Bargaining in Electronic Markets: a Partially Two-Sided Competition Model,

  Nicola Gatti, Alessandro Lazaric and Marcello Restelli


Session 2: Tasks and Prices

- A Multiagent Recommender System with Task Agent Specialization,

 Fabiana Lorenzi, Fabio Arreguy Camargo Correa, Ana L. C. Bazzan, Mara Abel and Francesco Ricci

- Preventing Under-Reporting in Social Task Allocation,

  Mathijs de Weerdt and Yingqian Zhang

- Multi-attribute Regret-based Dynamic Pricing,

  Janyl Jumadinova and Prithviraj Dasgupta


Session 3: Auctions

- On the Economic Effects of Competition between Double Auction Markets,

  Kai Cai, Jinzhong Niu and Simon Parsons

- Using Priced Options to Solve the Exposure Problem in Sequential Auctions,

  Lonneke Mous, Valentin Robu and Han La Poutre

- Using a Memory Test to Limit a User to One Account,

  Vincent Conitzer


Session 4: Panel Discussion


Submission Details (submission is closed)

Authors should submit full papers electronically in PS or PDF format at the following  link or by email to Onn Shehory (email, see below), with the exact subject line: "AMEC-X submission". In addition, authors should submit an ASCII abstract, with the following information: title of paper; names and affiliations of authors; name, email, snail mail, phone number, and fax number of primary contact; and abstract. The same information should be included on the first page of submitted papers. Papers must be written in English, with a maximum length of 14 pages. Please format papers according to the Springer LNCS Style. Templates for Word, WordPerfect and Latex are available. The receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email. Submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee.

All correspondence about submissions and contributions will be to: Onn Shehory.

Important Dates

·         Paper submission (new date!): February 1, 2008

·         Acceptance notification: February 25, 2008

·         Camera ready due:  March 7, 2008

·         Workshop date: 13 May, 2008


As in the past, selected AMEC X papers will be invited for publication in a Springer LNCS/LNAI volume, in a format similar to previous workshops in the AMEC series.

Program Committee

Chris Brooks, University of San Francisco, USA  

Enrico Gerding, University of Southampton, UK  

Vincent Conitzer, Duke University, USA

John Debenham, University of Technology, Australia

Frank Dignum, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Ulle Endriss, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amy Greenwald, Brown University, USA

Sverker Janson, SICS, Sweden

Kate Larson, University of Waterloo, Canada

Jeff Rosenschein, Hebrew University, Israel

Juan A. Rodriguez-Aguilar, IIIA - CSIC, Spain

William Walsh, CombineNet Inc, USA

Michael Wellman, University of Michigan, USA

Mike Wooldridge, University of Liverpool, UK

Shaheen Fatima, Liverpool University, UK

Julian Padget, University of Bath, UK

David Pardoe, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College, USA

Alberto Sardinha, ScD - Computer Science - PUC-Rio, Brazil

Workshop Location and History

AMEC X is collocated with the Seventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2008), in Estoril, Portugal. It will take place on May 13, 2008.

AMEC X will build on the success of previous workshops, namely: AMEC IX, collocated with AAMAS-2007; TADA/AMEC VIII, collocated with AAMAS-2006; AMEC VII, collocated with AAMAS-2005; AMEC VI, collocated with AAMAS'04; AMEC V, collocated with AAMAS'03; AMEC IV, collocated with AAMAS'02; AMEC III, collocated with Agents'00; and AMEC II, collocated with IJCAI'99.  Compilations of the best workshop papers of previous AMEC editions have been published as edited books by Springer, in the LNCS / LNAI series.

Workshop organizers

Onn Shehory
IBM Haifa Research Lab
onn “at” il “dot” ibm “dot” com

Han La Poutré
CWI (Netherlands Research Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science)
Kruislaan 413
1098 SJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Primary contact

 Onn Shehory
IBM Haifa Research Lab
onn “at” il “dot” ibm “dot” com