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The Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


We have developed a framework for intelligent computer-supported conflict resolution through negotiation/mediation. The model integrates Artificial Intelligence and decision theoretic techniques to provide enhanced conflict resolution and negotiation support in group problem solving settings. This model has been implemented in the PERSUADER, a computer program which operates in the domain of labor management disputes. The PERSUADER, acting as a mediator, facilitates the disputants' problem solving so that a mutually agreed upon settlement can be achieved. The PERSUADER embodies a general negotiation model that handles multi-agent, multi-issue, singe or repeated encounters based on an integration of Case-Base Reasoning and Multi-Attribute Utility Theory.

PERSUADER Publications

1. Sycara, K. "Machine Learning for Intelligent Support of Conflict Resolution", Decision Support Systems, Vol. 10, pp.121-136, 1993.

2. Sycara, K. "Problem Restructuring in Negotiation", Management Science, Vol. 37, No. 10, October, 1991.

3. Sycara, K. "Persuasive Argumentation in Negotiation", Theory and Decision, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 203-242, May 1990.

4. Sycara, K. "Negotiation Planning: An AI Approach", European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 216-234, May 1990.

5. Sycara, K. "Utility Theory in Conflict Resolution", Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 12, pp. 65-84, 1988.

6. Sycara, K. "Argumentation: Planning Other Agents' Plans". In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-89), Detroit, Mich., August 1989.

7. Sycara, K. "Resolving Goal Conflicts via Negotiation". In Proceedings of the Seventh National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-88), St. Paul. MN., August 1988.

8. Sycara, K. "Arguments of Persuasion in Labour Mediation", In Proceedings of the Ninth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-85), vol 1, pp. 294-296, Los Angeles, Ca., August 1985.

9. Kolodner, J.L., Simpson, R.L., and Sycara, K. "A Process Model of Case-Based Reasoning in Problem Solving", Proceedings of the Ninth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IIJCAI-85), vol. 1, pp. 284-290, Los Angeles, Ca., August 1985.

10. Sycara, K. "The PERSUADER", In The Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence, D. Shapiro (Ed.), John Wiley and Sons Inc., New York, N.Y., January, 1992.

11. Sycara, K. "Dispute Mediation: A Computer Model", In Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: The Integration of Problem Solving Strategies, D.B. Brown and C.C. White (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, August, 1990, pp. 249-275.

12. Sycara, K. "Multi-Agent Compromise via Negotiation". In Distributed Artificial Intelligence (Vol. 2), Gasser, L. and Huhns, M. (Eds.), Morgan Kaufman Publishers, Los Altos, CA., September, 1989.

13. Sycara, K. "Patching Up Old Plans". In Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Montreal, Canada, August 1988.

14. Sycara, K. "Finding Creative Solutions in Adversarial Impasses". In the Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Seattle, Washington, July 1987.

15. Sycara, K. "Using Case-Based Reasoning for Plan Adaptation and Repair". In Proceedings of the 1988 Case-Based Reasoning Workshop, gpp. 425-434, Clearwater, Fla., May 1988.

16. Sycara, K. "Planning for Negotiation: A Case-Based Approach". In Proceedings of the DARPA Knowledge-Based Planning Workshop", pp. 11.1-11.10, Austin, TX., December 1987. (Last updated 14-Sep-94)