Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


The 2008 Supply Chain Trading Agent
Competition – Procurement Challenge

Alberto Sardinha, Michael Benisch
Ramprasad Ravichandran, Norman Sadeh
January 2008


Keywords: Autonomous agent, electronic commerce, trading agent

This document contains the specifications of the 2008 Supply Chain Trading Agent Competition - Procurement Challenge (SCM-PC-08). The Challenge revolves around a PC assembly scenario, where trading agents developed by different teams compete for components required to assemble different types of PCs. The Challenge requires agents to manage supply chain risk by negotiating long-term, quantity exible procurement contracts and supplementing these contracts with one-off procurement orders. As such, this challenge complements the current "baseline" TAC-SCM scenario by extending the space of procurement options available to supply chain trading agents. By and large, the 2007 SCM-PC validated the model and showed that it was a viable scenario. In 2008, we have decided to allow each supplier to oer both one-off and long term contracts, rather than restricting each supplier to offer only one type of contract. This is consistent with practices found in many actual supply chains and also slightly more challenging.

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