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Towards Agent-based service composition through negotiation in multiple auctions

Preist, Chris; Byde, Andrew; Bartolini, Claudio; Piccinelli, Giacomo


Keyword(s): auctions; service-composition; negotiation

Abstract: Service composition is the act of taking several component products or services, and bundling them together to meet the needs of a given customer. In the future, service composition will play an increasingly important role in e-commerce, and automation will be desirable to improve speed and efficiency of customer response. In this paper, we discuss the technical issues surrounding the automation of dynamic electronic service composition, using a fictitious company, FreightMixer, to demonstrate the process. We focus specifically on the issue of appropriate negotiation strategies for service composition, and present the specification of an algorithm to provide a robust solution to these problems in the context of multiple simultaneous auctions. We present a worked example to demonstrate the behaviour of the algorithm, and discuss related and future work.

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