STSM WG4 (Katie Bentley)

Start Date: 2011-06-07

End Date: 2011-06-14

Host Institution: University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Host Country: The Netherlands

Home Institution: London Research Institute

Home Country: UK


Deliberation dialogues allow agents to exchange arguments in order to come to an agreement about how to act to achieve a particular goal. Typically, a publicly verifiable protocol defines which utterances it is permissible to make during a deliberation dialogue; an agent then uses its own private strategy in order to select which permissible utterances to make throughout the dialogue.  Agents participating in a deliberation dialogue can, therefore, behave strategically in order to try to influence the outcome of the deliberation in their favor. The complexity of argumentation-based dialogue systems make it hard to theoretically analyse their behavior; thus, we propose to empirically investigate the behavior of different deliberation dialogue strategies. The aim of the STSM is to further develop an existing simulation (implemented by the applicant) of a deliberation dialogue system (designed by the host); to design and run new experiments using this simulation; to work towards publishing a journal paper based on the results. Our application has been approved by Francesca Toni (chair of WG4).

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