A price-based negotiation mechanism for distributed collaborative design

Sandipan Ganguly, Teresa Wu, Jennifer Blackhurst

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With an increased focus on collaborative design for success in global markets, there is a need for a negotiation mechanism for designs distributed over autonomous stakeholders. This paper utilizes the unit price of the design variables as a medium for negotiation between autonomous and self-interested design participants represented by design agents (DAs). An artificial agent - the facilitator agent (FA), maximizes the overall utility of the design as a function of the prices of the design variables, and guides the design toward global feasibility. By relating the FA's price space to the DAs' design space through price-variable curves, a negotiation platform is developed and tested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-507
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Bilevel optimization
  • Collaborative product design
  • Design negotiation
  • Distributed optimization
  • Multiattribute utility
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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