In previous articles, I introduced the topics of automated negotiations, the International Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC), and the Supply Chain Management League which will run as part of the official competitions track of IJCAI 2021 — the top AI conference — this year. Winners will receive monetary prizes and will be announced during IJCAI.

The previous article focused on the SCML-OneShot track. This article focuses on the SCML-Standard track, which aims to combine the challenge of concurrent negotiation with long-term planning.

The SCML standard track runs in the world depicted in this image:

SCML World

Here we have a set of…


In a previous article, I introduced the topic of automated negotiations and the International Automated Negotiating Agents Competition (ANAC) which will run as part of the official competitions track of IJCAI 2021 — one of the top AI conferences — this year. Winners will receive monetary prizes and will be announced during IJCAI.

This article focuses on the Supply Chain Management League (SCML) which runs as part of this competition.

SCML has three tracks this year:

  • Standard A track that combines the concurrent negotiation problem with effective long-term planning.

Negotiation shares one feature with Christmas and love, it is everywhere. We negotiate our way when passing the street, businesses negotiate constantly to maximize their profits and in search for win-win agreements, and haggling over prices is a constant annoyance with which some of us have a love-hate relationship.

In this article, I will try to convince you that automated negotiation can be the next big thing in AI and invite you to participate in the leading automated negotiation competition in the world (ANAC).

Automated Negotiation

With the increased adoption of AI technologies in industrial and business applications, comes renewed interest in…


Negotiation is ubiquitous in our societies. With the wide-spread adoption of AI by businesses, internal operations of business units are increasingly being automated and automated negotiation between agents representing these business units is a promising direction that is starting to gain the interest of academics and industrialists. Automated negotiations promise faster more efficient agreements and more win-win deals to everyone.

The Automated Negotiation Agents Competition (ANAC) started in 2010 in conjunction with the eights International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2010) with the aim of advancing the state of the art in automated negotiation research. The…

Yasser Mohammad

A principal researcher at NEC Data Science Laboratories, A researcher at AIST, and an Associate Professor at AUN.

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