BUiD argues case for AI negotiations

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is conducting an artificial intelligence research project that it reckons could result in networks of computers becoming capable of conducting business discussions and legal arguments.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 8, 2007

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is conducting an artificial intelligence research project that it reckons could result in networks of computers becoming capable of conducting business discussions and legal arguments. BUiD’s Institute of Informatics is currently engaged in the international discussion surrounding the development of artificial intelligence-driven ‘argumentation and negotiation’, a process that enables computers to communicate with each other in order to solve complex problems. Among the advanced AI developments the BUiD team is researching itself is the potential for multiple computers top argue and negotiate in a fully/semi-automated market in order to influence the price of goods and services; potentially replicating the traditional processes seen in markets around the world. Experts from the University have already engaged in international seminars and published important new works in this area, and are generating increasing global interest in their ongoing research. “Argumentation and negotiation are key elements of human communication and if we are able to replicate these processes in computer networks, we will have the potential to have a fully-automated marketplace which achieves compromise through dialogue,” commented Dr. Iyad Rahwan. A lecturer at BUiD’s Institute of Informatics and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Rahwan is leading the organisation’s research. “The impact of this development would be hugely significant for both businesses and communities across the world,” Rahwan added. According to Rahwan, prospective applications for this research include the use of artificial intelligence in legal disputes, business negotiations, labour disputes, scientific inquiry, risk analysis, scheduling, logistics and even – potentially - democratic debate. “The theory of argumentation is really fascinating in so many areas. It is a rich, interdisciplinary area of research involving philosophy, communications studies, linguistics, psychology, logic and, more recently, artificial intelligence” continued Dr. Rahwan. “Applying argumentation in artificial intelligence is a very challenging problem and requires the construction of very sophisticated mathematical models of dialogue. Dr. Abdullah M. Alshamsi, who is vice chancellor of BUiD, added: “One of our missions at the British University is to drive original research that has a impact on our society, and the work of the Institute of Informatics in the field of artificial intelligence is a prime example of this. It is a source of great pride to us that a Middle East University is engaged in advanced research that is being recognised around the world.”

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