Welcome to the 7th Goal Reasoning Workshop at ACS 2019 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology!

Goals are a unifying structure across the variety of intelligent systems, and reasoning about goals takes many forms. In the most encompassing view, intelligent systems can use goal structures (or goal rewards) to manage long-term behavior, anticipate the future, select among priorities, commit to action, generate expectations, assess tradeoffs, resolve the impact of notable events, or learn from experience. As a result, the broad topic of goal reasoning is studied in diverse subfields of AI such as motivated systems, cognitive science, automated planning, and agent-oriented programming to name but a few. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from sometimes distinct subfields to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion on goal reasoning.

Room Location: 32-155, first floor, Stata Center

Here's a PDF map of the location

Topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Theoretical models of goal reasoning or comparisons to other models of autonomy
  • Studies of implicit goals or goal reward/value functions
  • Goal management: including formulation, selection, or optimization
  • Integrating planning or metareasoning with goal management
  • Online goal resolution (e.g., plan repair, replanning, goal deferment, re-goaling)
  • Learning, evaluation, or analysis of goal reasoning systems


  • Goals in self-motivated systems, hybrid systems, Belief-Desire-Intention systems, or Goal-Driven Autonomy
  • Multi-agent or distributed goal management
  • Demonstrations or applications of goal reasoning systems

    Human Interaction

  • Interactive goal reasoning, human-machine goal reasoning
  • Conversational or narrative reasoning about goals
  • Explanation and diagnosis of notable objects or events impacting goals

We welcome existing publications from other venues that are appropriate for discussion at this workshop.


Name Affiliation Email Website
Dustin Dannenhauer Navatek LLC, USA ddannenhauer AT navatekltd.com URL
Mark 'Mak' Roberts Naval Research Laboratory, USA mark.roberts AT nrl.navy.mil URL
Brian Logan University of Nottingham, UK brian.logan AT nottingham.ac.uk URL
Daniel Borrajo Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain dborrajo AT ia.uc3m.es URL

Program Committee

Name Affiliation
David Aha Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Ron Alford MITRE Corporation, USA
Hayley Borck Honeywell, USA
Martin OxenhamDSTG, Australia
Rafael BordiniPUCRS, Brazil
Mark BursteinSIFT, USA
Mehdi DastaniUtrecht University, The Netherlands
Michael CoxWright State University, USA
Matthew Klenk Palo Alto Research Center, USA
Hector Munoz-AvilaLehigh University, USA
John-Jules MeyerUtrecht University, The Netherlands
Neil Yorke-SmithTU Delft, The Netherlands
Vikas ShivashankarAmazon Robotics, USA
Michael FloydKnexus Research Corporation
Ugur KuterSIFT, USA

Important Dates

Paper Submission - 20 June 2019 3 July 2019

Author Notification - 30 June 2019 12 July 2019

Notifications may be provided earlier than July 12th if needed, please email the organizers to request early notification.

Camera Ready - 24 July 2019 31 July 2019

Workshop held - 2 August 2019


Submissions should follow the ACS formatting requirements except (1) the submissions should contain the author names (reviewing will *not* be anonymous) and (2) the page limit is 8 pages 12 pages plus one page for references so authors have space to address reviewer comments as needed. Formatting style files are found here.

Submissions will be accepted through easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=grw19

Camera Ready: To submit your final version, go to your submission page on easy chair and click "Update File" in the menu at the upper left.

Related Previous Workshops

2018 6th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at FAIM-IJCAI 2018 with 12 submissions

2017 5th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at IJCAI 2017 with 15 submissions

2016 4th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at IJCAI 2016 with 14 submissions

2015 Workshop on Goal Reasoning at Advances in Cognitive Systems with 14 submissions

2013 Workshop on Goal Reasoning at Advances in Cognitive Systems with 11 submissions

2010 Workshop on Goal Directed Autonomy at AAAI 2010 with 11 submissions

Tentative Schedule

Start-End Title Link to Paper
9:00-9:15 Introduction: Dustin Dannenhauer
Session 1:
9:15-10:15 Invited Talk: Goal Reasoning for Collaboration
Mark Burstein
10:15-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:10 The Problem with Problems
Michael T. Cox
11:10-11:35 The Game of Fluxx: A Benchmark for Goal Reasoning
Ben Wright, Michael Floyd, Dustin Dannenhauer and David W. Aha
11:35- 12:00 Explanation-based Goal Monitors for Autonomous Agents
Zohreh Dannenhauer, Matthew Molineaux and Michael Cox
12:00-1:30 Lunch
Session 2:
1:30-2:30 Invited Talk: Introspection as a Basis for Advanced Autonomy
Matthias Scheutz
2:30-2:55 Anticipatory Thinking: A Metacognitive Capability
Adam Amos-Binks and Dustin Dannenhauer
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
3:30-3:55 LTL and Beyond: Formal Languages for Reward Function Specification in Reinforcement Learning
Alberto Camacho, Rodrigo Toro Icarte, Toryn Q. Klassen, Richard Valenzano and Sheila A. McIlraith
3:55-4:20 Towards using transparency mechanisms to build better mental models
Preeti Ramaraj, Saurav Sahay, Shachi H. Kumar, Walter S. Lasecki, and John E. Laird
4:20-5:00 Panel on Goal Lifecycle and the MIDCA Cognitive Architecture
Michael T. Cox and Mark "Mak" Roberts
5:00-5:15 Closing

Invited Talks

Mark Burstein (SIFT LLC)

Title: Goal Reasoning for Collaboration

Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University)

More details forthcoming...