Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor Markus Stumptner

Main Campus
Mawson Lakes

Applications Close
27 Jul 2022

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
No funding available

About this Project

The objective of this PhD project is to create a framework for developing an AI-enabled negotiation bot. This research attempts to integrate psychology and management knowledge on negotiation strategies with AI/ML infrastructure. The project will combine system modelling and machine learning approaches to develop a framework to aid and plan for negotiation success.

In this research degree project, you will create an overarching model for analysing negotiation processes and strategies using AI/ML techniques. The anticipated outcome will be an algorithm that will enable end users to identify strategic moves and processes within the negotiation process. The impact of which is substantial for industry end users as it will enable them to identify improvements in their negotiation process and success outcomes. There will be opportunities to present papers at international conferences if travel permitted. As part of the team, you may also get the opportunity to work with UniSA researchers to deliver advice to industry, government, and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts from this work.

UniSA Business (CWEX research centre) and UniSA STEM (UniSA Industrial AI (formerly the Advanced Computing Research Centre / ACRC) are partnering to develop this interdisciplinary research project that meets the "Transforming Industry" goals of UNISA to develop end-user relevant technology through rigorous academic collaboration. This project also aligns will with national priorities like Enhancing Australia’s competitiveness through innovation and partnership. The product that we hope to develop through this PhD project has potential to develop resources for industry negotiations and will add competitive advantage value. The outcomes from this research are highly publishable as they bring about novel development of AI technology that is relevant for the world of business. The two research centres collaborating on this project will also develop deeper relationships and will share knowledge and skills to develop capabilities on both sides.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $45,076 per annum. Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver. 

Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants.  Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately AUD$37,800 per annum (2022 rates).

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our Mawson Lakes Campus in the north of Adelaide. 

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available.  Applications close on Sunday, 24 July, 2022

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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