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Botticelli: A Supply Chain Management Agent

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The paper describes the architecture of Brown University's agent, Botticelli, a finalist in the 2003 Trading Agent Competition in Supply Chain Management (TAC SCM). In TAC SCM, a simulated computer manufacturing scenario, Botticelli competes with other agents to win customer orders and negotiates with suppliers to procure the components necessary to complete its orders. In this paper, two sub problems that dictate Botticelli's behavior are formalized: Bidding and Scheduling. Mathematical programming approaches are applied in attempt to solve these problems optimally.

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