To promote research in supply chain trading and provide a realistic and competitive environment in which to evaluate emerging supply chain trading technologies, our group launched the annual Supply Chain Trading Agent Competition (TAC-SCM). The tournament revolves around a supply chain trading scenario designed and refined in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) and the University of Minnesota. The TAC-SCM community now numbers over200 researchers located in 21 countries. Over the first 5 years of the competition, a total of over 120 different supply chain trading agents have been entered in the tournament. TAC-SCM is also used in classroom education at a number of top universities.

Since 2007, two new challenges have been added to complement the baseline TAC-SCM tournament: a procurement challenge and a prediction challenge. See TAC-SCM Challenges website for additional detail..

Our group’s entry in the Supply Chain Trading Competition is the CMieux agent. The agent reached the TAC-SCM semi-finals in both 2005 and 2006 and also won the CS50 Exhibition tournament organized in April 2006.