Sarit Kraus will be visiting on Tuesday July 22nd.
She will give a talk at 2:30pm in ENGR 4201.

Talk Abstract:
Computer Agents that Negotiate Proficiently with People

Negotiation and persuasion are tools for social influence that are endemic to human interaction, from personal relationships and business partnerships to political debate. The inclusion of people presents novel problems for the design of automated agentsí negotiation and persuasion strategies. People do not adhere to the optimal, monolithic strategies that can be derived analytically. Their negotiation behavior is affected by a multitude of social and psychological factors.  In this talk I will show how combining machine learning techniques for opponent modeling with human behavioral models, formal decision-making and heuristics approaches enable agents to interact well with people. Applications include intelligent agents that help drivers reduce energy consumption, agents that support rehabilitation and employer-employee negotiation.

Sarit Kraus (Ph.D. Computer Science, Hebrew University, 1989) is a Professor of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. Her research is focused on intelligent agents and multi-agent systems (including people). Kraus was awarded the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, ACM SIGART Agents Research award, the EMET prize and her paper with Prof. Barbara Grosz was a winner of the IFAAMAS influential paper award (joint winner). She is AAAI and ECCAI fellow and a recipient of the advanced ERC grant.


Jan M. Allbeck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
George Mason University