This project investigates issues regarding trust relationships among agents that interact in electronic marketplaces. In particular, we are interested in trust-related issues that arise in a market place scenario that involves a number of agents that depend on each other in order to achieve their goals. The markets that we are currently investigating are populated by seller, intermediary and buyer agents. Buyers wishing to obtain goods turn to intermediaries who negotiate with sellers/suppliers. The levels of intermediary agents vary. In such an environment, agents may have different strategies and a different disposition towards trust. Consequently, there is a need to study trust, compare different trust models and the effects of trust in the market environments.
|Tuesday, 26 October 2004|