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TAC 2008 Events Schedule

  • Registration Deadline: June 10th
  • Qualifying Rounds: June 12, 0:00 GMT - June 20, 23:55 GMT
  • Seeding Rounds: June 25, 0:00 GMT - July 3, 23:55 GMT
  • Quarterfinals Day 1: July 10, 13:00 - 21:55 GMT
  • Quarterfinals Day 2: July 11, 13:00 - 21:55 GMT
  • Semifinals: July 14, 13:00 - 21:55 GMT (8:00 AM - 4:55 PM Chicago time)
  • Finals: July 15, 13:00 - 21:55 GMT (8:00 AM - 4:55 PM Chicago time)
Prediction Challenge
  • Registration Deadline: June 20th
  • Qualifying Rounds: June 30, 13:00 - 21:00 GMT
  • Finals: July 15, 13:00 - 21:00 GMT (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chicago time)
Procurement Challenge
  • Registration Deadline: June 20th
  • Qualifying Rounds: June 23, 15:00 GMT - June 27, 22:00 GMT
  • Semifinals: July 14, 13:00 - 23:00 GMT (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Chicago time)
  • Finals: July 16, 13:00 - 23:00 GMT (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Chicago time)
  • Registration Deadline: June 10th
  • Trial Rounds: June 11th - June 13th
  • Finals: July 14th - July 16th

Call For Participation


The Ninth Annual Trading Agent Competition - Call for Participation

July 14 - 16, 2008

Chicago, IL, USA
Collocated with AAAI-08

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.

We invite you to participate in the Ninth Annual Trading Agent Competition (TAC-08), to be held in June and July of 2008, with the finals taking place during the AAAI-08 conference in Chicago, preceded by qualifying and seeding rounds in June and July.

Building on the success of previous Trading Agent Competition events, this year's event is again 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, and two related challenge events:

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. Participants also have the option of entering two 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.

Documentation and open source software for participating in TAC SCM, including servers and sample agents, are available for download at:

Preliminary documentation and software for participating in the CAT Tournament are accessible via sourceforge. Access details and other CAT information is available at:

The qualifying and seeding rounds will be held in June and July, and the first day of the final rounds is scheduled to coincide with the Trading Agent Design and Analysis (TADA) workshop to be held at AAAI-08.

To register for TAC-08, please fill out the registration form at:

The deadline for registration is June 10th for the TAC SCM event and June 20th for the Challenge events. The registration deadline for the CAT games is also June 10th, 2008. The entry fee is 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. The entry fee is waived for teams who send a representative to the TAC finals at AAAI-08, if that representative registers for the TADA workshop. A given individual may represent one team for one game. Note: Please send any questions regarding the fees to tac [at] Groups unable to afford the entry fee may also contact tac [at] for special consideration.

General information about TAC can be found at:

Exact dates for the qualifying and seeding rounds will 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 tac-support [at]

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