AI'12 Competition of Strategic Trading Game

As one of three AI Challenges at the 25th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI'12), The first Australasian Strategic Trading Game will provide an opportunity to participants who want to practice their skills in building trading agents for automated trading in financial markets.

The Competition

Each participant in the competition will be required to design and implement a trading agent, acting as a trader, which can remotely connect to the game server and compete each other for best performance of investment in financial markets. The markets will be simulated using the data from real-world financial markets. The trading agents and markets will run on the Jackaroo Trading Agent Platform (JTAP), which can be downloaded from this website.

For details on how to design the trading agent for JTAP please visit the Trader design section of this website, here. You will find sample strategies, platform structure and the information that will be available to participants for designing their own strategies.


  1. Design trading agents that are able to trade in a set of financial markets with different assets, such as stocks, shares of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and option contracts.
  2. Design trading strategies for your trading agents to make investment decisions on when, which products and what price to buy or sell a financial asset.

Prize and Eligibility

The competition is sponsored by Intelligence Systems Lab at University of Western Sydney with a fund of $1000. The winner of the final game will receive $500. The second will receive $300 and the third will be given $200.

Competition Rules

  • Any individual and institutes from anywhere in the world can form a team to join the competition.
  • Interested participants should provide an EOI (expression of interest) by email to to receive detailed information about how to program with JTAP.
  • Each participating team must formally register via JackarooMarket Website by 23 November 2012. Registration is free of charge.
  • All registered teams may join a number of warm-up trail runs to make sure their agents can properly communicate the server.
  • All registered teams must participate in the qualification round, which scheduled on 3 December 2012. Up to ten teams can enter into the final.
  • The qualified teams will compete each other on 4 December 2012.

Important Dates

    23 November 2012
Warm-up trial:
    24-27 November 2012, 9pm - 4pm AEDT
    4 December 2012, 9am - 5pm AEDT
    5 December 2012, 9am - 5pm AEDT


Mr Nabeel Mahmood Shah
Intelligent Systems Lab
University of Western Sydney
Contact: Nabeel Mahmood Shah