A Specification of the Agent Reputation and Trust (ART) Testbed: Experimentation and Competition for Trust in Agent Societies

Karen K. Fullam, Tomas B. Klos, Guillaume Muller, Jordi Sabater, Andreas Schlosser, Zvi Topol, K. Suzanne Barber, Jeffrey S. Rosenschein, Laurent Vercouter and Marco Voss. The Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 2005, pages 512-518.

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Abstract:

A diverse collection of trust-modeling algorithms for multi-agent systems has been developed in recent years, resulting in significant breadth-wise growth without unified direction or benchmarks. Based on enthusiastic response from the agent trust community, the Trust Competition Testbed Initiative has been launched, charged with the task of establishing a testbed for agent trust-and reputation-related technologies. This testbed serves in two roles: (1) as a competition forum in which researchers can compare their technologies against objective metrics, and (2) as a suite of tools with flexible parameters, allowing researchers to perform customizable, easily-repeatable experiments. This paper first scopes trust research objectives to be addressed in the testbed and desirable testbed characteristics, then presents a competition testbed specification that is justified according to these requirements. In the testbed’s artwork appraisal domain, agents, who valuate paintings for clients, may gather opinions from other agents to produce accurate appraisals. The testbed’s implementation architecture is discussed briefly, as well.

Bibtex:
@inproceedings{Fullam:2005:AAMAS
,key={Fullam}
,author={Karen K. Fullam and Tomas B. Klos and Guillaume Muller and
Jordi Sabater and Andreas Schlosser and Zvi Topol and K. Suzanne Barber and
Jeffrey S. Rosenschein and Laurent Vercouter and Marco Voss}
,title={A Specification of the Agent Reputation and Trust (ART)
Testbed: Experimentation and Competition for Trust in
Agent Societies}
,booktitle={The Fourth International Joint Conference on
Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems}
,year={2005}
,address={Utrecht, The Netherlands}
,month={July}
,pages={512–518}}

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