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Call for Participation
The Eleventh Annual Trading Agent Competition - Call for Participation
June 7 - 8, 2010
Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA --- Collocated with EC'10 (ACM Conf. on Electronic Commerce)
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
We invite you to participate in the Eleventh Annual Trading Agent
Competition (TAC-10), to be held in May and June of 2010, with the
finals taking place during the EC'10 conference in Boston, Massachusetts,
preceded by qualifying and seeding rounds in May and June.
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 three games,
and up to two related challenge events:
1. TAC Ad Auctions (AA). In the TAC/AA game, agents representing
Internet advertisers bid for search-engine ad placement over a range of
interrelated keyword combinations. A back-end search-user model
translates placement over each simulated day to impressions, clicks,
and sale conversions, yielding revenue for the advertiser. Advertiser
strategies combining online data analysis and bidding tac tics compete
to maximize profit over the simulated campaign horizon.
- TAC AA Game Master: Patrick R. Jordan, Yahoo! Labs, University of Michigan.
2. TAC Market Design (reverse TAC, or "CAT"). CAT software agents
represent market makers whose goals are to attract potential buyers and
sellers as customers, and then to match buyers with sellers. The market
makers compete with one another in doing this, such as the London Stock
Exchange competes with the NYSE for the business of stock traders.
- CAT Game Master: Tim Miller, University of Melbourne.
3. 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 fluctuate and each manufacturer has limited production
capacity. Participants also have the option of entering two SCM
Challenge events: a Procurement Challenge and a Prediction Challenge;
these will take place if enough teams (minimum 6) register for them.
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.
- TAC SCM Game Master: Andreas L. Symeonidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas.
Preliminary documentation and software for participating in the AA
Tournament are accessible at:
Preliminary documentation and software for participating in the CAT
Tournament are accessible via sourceforge. Access details and other CAT
information is available at:
Documentation and open source software for participating in TAC SCM,
including servers and sample agents, are available for download at:
The qualifying and seeding rounds will be held in May and early June, 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 EC'10.
To register for TAC-10, please fill out the registration form at:
The entry fee will be US$250 per team to enter one game, or $400 for all
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 EC'10, 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]
tradingagents.org. Groups unable to afford the entry fee may also
contact tac [at] tradingagents.org for special consideration.
General information about TAC can be found at:
Exact dates for the qualifying and seeding rounds will soon be posted on
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] cs.umn.edu