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Responsible: Carlos Fernando da Silva Ramos
Name: Argumentative Agents with Emotional Behaviour Modelling for Participants’ Support in Group Decision-Making Meetings
Acronym: ArgEmotionAgents
Financer Entitie: FCT
Reference: POSI/EIA/56259/2004
Budget: 71000€
Start Date: 2005
Finish Date: 2008
Status: Finished

ArgEmotionAgents (Argumentative Agents with Emotional Behaviour Modelling for Participants’ Support in Group Decision-Making Meetings) is a project envisaging the use of Multi-Agent Systems approach for supporting Group Decision-Making processes, where Argumentation and Emotion components are specially important.

Lots of work has been done in the Negotiation domain. Most of this work considers few participants negotiation, and involves rational decision making. ArgEmotionAgents intends to give a meaningful contribution. The work will be centered in Argumetation processes. These processes are so rich, namely because they do not consider just the rational aspects. An important emotional component is always present, such as gratitude debts, sympathy and friendship/hate relations between participants. Group Decision-Making was chose because in this domain argumentation has a crucial role, and because a significant number of participants, with different points of view, are usually involved.

The final product of ArgEmotionAgents is the development of a Group Argumentation Support System, in which a community of agents will model the participants of a decision group, considering several proposals. With this platform it will be possible to give support to one or more group participants, suggesting the most convenient and adequate arguments, taking into account their objectives, the feasible proposals, voting trends and the profile of other participants.

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This research group is supported by FEDER Funds through the “Programa Operacional Factores de Competitividade - COMPETE” program and by National Funds through FCT “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia” under the projects: UID/EEA/00760/2013