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


The Supply Chain Management Game for the
2005 Trading Agent Competition

John Collins*, Raghu Arunachalam, Norman Sadeh,
Joakim Eriksson, Niclas Finne, Sverker Janson**



Keywords: Autonomous Agent, Electronic Commerce, Trading Agent

This is the specification for the Trading Agent Competition - Supply Chain Management Game for 2005 (TAC SCM-05). Agents are simulations of small manufacturers, who must compete with each other for both supplies and customers, and manage inventories and production facilities.

Based on experience with the 2003 and 2004 trading agent competitions, a few changes and enhancements have been made to the game, primarily in the supplier model. The supplier now reserves some portion of long-term capacity for future orders and requires down payments when orders are placed. The supply "lottery" in which agents were randomly chosen for consideration by suppliers is eliminated. Agent requests are considered in parallel, and prices are determined by the total demand for supplies, not by the demand represented by an individual request. Agent reputation is now a significant factor in pricing and allocation.

25 pages

*Computer Science Department, University of Minnesota
**Swedish Institute of Computer Science, SE-164 29 Kista, Sweden

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