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Michal Jakob, Michal Pěchouček, Jiří Chábera, Simon Miles, Michael Luck, Nir Oren, Martin Kollingbaum, Camden Holt, Javier Vazquez, Patrick Storms, Martin Dehn

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS '08 Proceedings of the 7th international joint conference on Autonomous agents and multiagent systems
Subtitle of host publicationindustrial track
Place of PublicationRichland, SC
PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Pages55 - 62
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventSeventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Industry and Applications Track -
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


ConferenceSeventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Industry and Applications Track
Period1/01/2008 → …


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Of the ways in which agent behaviour can be regulated in a multi-agent system, electronic contracting - based on explicit representation of different parties' responsibilities, and the agreement of all parties to them - has significant potential for modern industrial applications. Based on this assumption, the CONTRACT project aims to develop and apply electronic contracting and contract-based monitoring and verification techniques in real world applications. This paper presents results from the initial phase of the project, which focused on requirements solicitation and analysis. Specifically, we survey four use cases from diverse industrial applications, examine how they can benefit from an agent-based electronic contracting infrastructure and outline the technical requirements that would be placed on such an infrastructure. We present the designed CONTRACT architecture and describe how it may fulfil these requirements. In addition to motivating our work on the contract-based infrastructure, the paper aims to provide a much needed community resource in terms of use case themselves and to provide a clear commercial context for the development of work on contract-based system.

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