The Sixth Annual Trading Agent Competition will be held in June, July, and August of 2005, with the finals during IJCAI on 1-3 August in Edinburgh. The TAC competitions will pit software agents–developed by research groups, students, and others from all over the world–against each other in two challenging market games:
- TAC Classic where agents represent travel coordinators whose goal is to arrange travel packages for clients. These travel packages consist of flights, hotel rooms, and tickets to entertainment events, all of which the agents buy (and, in the case of event tickets, sell) in electronic auctions.
- TAC SCM where agents compete in a dynamic supply chain environment for customer orders and components required for production of these orders. The game captures many of the complexities of actual supply chains, where both demand and supply fluctuates and each manufacturer has a limited production capacity.