A Negotiation-based Interface Between a Real-time Scheduler and a Decision-Maker

Alan Garvey, Keith Decker, and Victor Lesser

Our real-time problem solver consists of a real-time scheduling component and a decision making component. These components are semi-autonomous and have a complex, bidirectional interface. We have found it useful to model this interface as a negotiation process, where conflicts between what each component wants to do are resolved through negotiation. A distinguishing feature of this work is that we argue that negotiation is useful, even within a single agent architecture.

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