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TAC 2007 will consist of two separate competitions: TAC SCM focused on e-trading in a supply chain scenario, and TAC Market Design (CAT) focused on the design of market rules for effectively matching buyers and sellers.
This year participants also have the option of entering two new TAC SCM Challenge events: a Procurement Challenge and a Prediction Challenge. These challenges are intended to promote additional research and encourage new entries. For more information see the TAC SCM 2007 Challenges.
You can find the registered participants of TAC 2007 here.
The entry fee will be US$250 per team to enter one game, or $400 for both TAC games. For TAC SCM the entry fee is the same independently of the number of challenge events in which a team competes. A team can also opt to just compete in a challenge event without participating in the baseline TAC SCM tournament.
The entry fee is waived for teams who send a representative to the TAC finals at AAAI-07. Representatives must register for the TADA workshop, and a given individual may represent one team for one game.
Note: Please send any questions regarding the fees to tac [at] tradingagents.org. Groups unable to afford the entry fee may also contact tac [at] tradingagents.org for consideration.
TAC SCM Finals at AAAI-07, Vancouver, BC, Canada (23rd-25th July)
The format of the final rounds are as follows:
July 23 08.45 - 16.40 (UTC-7), TAC SCM Quarter Finals
All teams from the seeding rounds will qualify for the quarter finals.
These teams will be broken into three groups of six teams:
- Group A: Team 1, Team 6, Team 7, Team 12, Team 13, Team 18.
- Games played on server tac3.sics.se
- Group B: Team 2, Team 5, Team 8, Team 11, Team 14, Team 17.
- Games played on server tac4.sics.se
- Group C: Team 3, Team 4, Team 9, Team 10, Team 15, Team 16.
- Games played on server tac5.sics.se
( Team 1 is the best scoring team in the seeding round followed
by Team 2 and so on...)
July 24 08.45 - 16.40 (UTC-7), TAC SCM Semi Finals
12 teams from the quarter finals will progress to the semi finals. These teams will be divided into two groups of six teams:
Semi final Group 1: Team 1 from Group A, Team 2 from Group B, Team 2 from Group A,
Team 3 from Group B, Team 3 from Group C, Team 4 from Group A.
Games simultaneously played on server tac3.sics.se and tac4.sics.se.
Semi final Group 2: Team 1 from Group B, Team 1 from Group C, Team 2 from Group C,
Team 3 from Group A, Team 4 from Group C, Team 4 from Group B.
Games simultaneously played on server tac5.sics.se and tac6.sics.se.
(Team 1 is the best scoring team in each Group followed by Team 2 and so
July 25 08.45 - 16.40 (UTC-7), TAC SCM Finals
The top three teams in each semi final group will progress to the finals.
The winner (obviously) will be the top scoring (earning) team in the finals.
Games simultaneously played on server tac3.sics.se and tac4.sics.se.
July 25 08.45 - 16.40 (UTC-7), TAC SCM Second Finals
As in last year, in TAC SCM we will run a second finals for the
semi-finalists that did not make it to the finals (the last three
agents in each semi-final group). These games will be played
simultaneous on server tac5.sics.se and tac6.sics.se.
Games in TAC SCM will be played between 8:45 AM (UTC-7) and 16:45 PM (UTC-7) - last TAC SCM game starts at 15:45 PM (UTC-7).
Note that this is the local time in Vancouver, BC, Canada and not server time!
We allow tuning between games during the qualifying and
seeding rounds, but during the finals in Vancouver, teams should not
tune agents during a specific round (e.g. during a day).
Starting your agents
Start the agent configured to connect to the competition server and it will get information about the next game to play from the server.
TAC Game Masters and Challenge Coordinators
This years game masters and challenge coordinators are:
- Peter McBurney, University of Liverpool, UK (CAT GameMaster)
- Alex Rogers, University of Southampton, UK (SCM GameMaster)
- Norman Sadeh, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (SCM Challenge Coordinator)
TAC 2007 Calendar
- 2007-01-15 - call for participation for both competitions
- 2007-06-07 - end of call for participation period
- 2007-06-14 - TAC SCM qualifying (8 days)
- 2007-06-25 - TAC SCM Procurement Challenge qualifying (5 days)
- 2007-06-27 - TAC Market Design (CAT) qualifying (2 days)
- 2007-07-09 - TAC SCM seeding (8 days)
- 2007-07-23 - TAC 2007 Finals at AAAI-07, Vancouver, BC, Canada (July 23-25)
Call For Participation
The Eighth Annual Trading Agent Competition - Call for Participation
July 23-25, 2007
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Collocated with the Twenty-Second National Conference on Artificial Intelligence - AAAI-07
Trading in electronic markets is increasingly becoming both a commonplace economic activity and a topic of special interest within the AI, Electronic Commerce, and Multiagent Systems (MAS) research communities.
Building on the success of previous Trading Agent Competition events, we announce the Eighth Annual Trading Agent Competition (TAC-07), to be held in June and July of 2007, with the finals taking place during the AAAI-07 conference in Vancouver (July 23-25).
This event is designed to spur research on common problems, promote definitions of benchmarks and standard problem descriptions, and showcase current technologies.
The competition will pit software agents--developed by research groups, students, and others from all over the world--against each other in challenging market games. This year, there will be two games in the competition.
1. TAC Supply Chain Management (SCM). TAC/SCM simulates a dynamic supply chain environment where agents compete to secure customer orders and components required for production of these orders. The game captures many of the complexities of actual supply chains, where both demand and supply fluctuates and each manufacturer has a limited production capacity. For the first time in 2007, participants also have the option of entering two new TAC-SCM Challenge events: a Procurement Challenge and a Prediction Challenge. These challenges are intended to promote additional research and encourage new entries. Additional details are available at:
2. TAC Market Design (reverse TAC, or "CAT"). CAT software agents represent brokers whose goals are to attract potential buyers and sellers as customers, and then to match buyers with sellers. The brokers -- known as specialists -- compete with one another in doing this, in the same way as, say, the London Stock Exchange competes with the NYSE for the business of stock traders.
The market games have been specially designed to present agents with difficult decision problems and admit a wide variety of potential bidding and negotiation strategies.
The SCM competition will be hosted on the SICS TAC SCM Servers available for open source download at:
Software agents communicate with the TAC SCM Server via a TCP-based agent programming interface. Simple example SCM agents are available at
Preliminary documentation and software for participating in CAT Tournament are accessible via sourceforge. Access details and other CAT information is available at:
The final rounds of the competition will be held during AAAI-07 (July 23-25, 2007) preceded by qualifying and seeding rounds in June and July. The first day of the final rounds is also scheduled to coincide with the Trading Agent Design and Analysis (TADA) workshop to be held at AAAI-07.
To register for TAC-07, please fill out the form at:
The entry fee will be US$250 per team to enter one game, or $400 for both TAC games. The entry fee is waived for teams who send a representative to the TAC finals at AAAI-07. Representatives must register for the TADA workshop, and a given individual may represent one team for one game. Groups unable to afford the entry fee may contact tac [at] tradingagents.org for consideration.
More information about TAC can be found at:
Exact dates for the qualifying and seeding rounds will also soon be posted on this site.
More information about the Trading Agent Analysis and Design (TADA) workshop is available at:
Information about the Association for Trading Agent Research running TAC is available at:
Please circulate this announcement to anyone who may be interested in participating. Inquiries may be directed to email@example.com.