Welcome to the 6th Goal Reasoning Workshop at IJCAI/FAIM-2018 in Stockholm, Sweden!

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.

This year we will feature a joint-panel with the Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS) Workshop on the topic of: "Requirements and Goals for Agent-based Systems: From Specification and Design to Runtime Representation and Reasoning."

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical models of goal reasoning
  • The role of goals in self-motivated systems
  • The role of implicit goals or goal rewards in intelligent system design
  • Goal reasoning in hybrid systems
  • Interactive goal reasoning
  • Goal reasoning in humans
  • Goal management
  • Goal formulation
  • Goal prioritization
  • Conversational or narrative reasoning about goals
  • Belief-Desire-Intention
  • Goal-driven autonomy
  • Explanation and diagnosis of notable objects and events that impact goals
  • Goal achievement through planning and scheduling
  • Metareasoning about goals
  • Resolving goals online (e.g., plan repair, replanning, goal deferment, re-goaling)
  • Multi-agent and distributed goal management
  • Learning for goal reasoning
  • Comparisons of goal reasoning with other models of autonomy
  • Evaluation/analyses of goal reasoning
  • Demonstrations or applications of goal reasoning systems
  • Relationship between Goals and Reward/Value Functions

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


Name Affiliation Email Website
Matthew Molineaux Wright State Research Institute, USA matthew.molineaux AT wright.edu URL
Dustin Dannenhauer NRC Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory, USA dustin.dannenhauer.ctr AT nrl.navy.mil URL
Mark 'Mak' Roberts Naval Research Laboratory, USA mark.roberts AT nrl.navy.mil URL

Program Committee

Name Affiliation
David Aha Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Ron Alford MITRE Corporation, USA
Hayley Borck Adventium Labs, USA
Daniel BorrajoUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid
Michael CoxWright State University, USA
Michael FloydKnexus Research Corporation
Nick Hawes U. Birmingham, UK
Matthew Klenk PARC, USA
Hector Munoz-AvilaLehigh University, USA
Vikas ShivashankarAmazon Robotics, USA
Swaroop Vattam MIT Lincoln Labs, USA

Important Dates

Paper Submission - 23 April 2018 - deadline extended to 30 April 2018

Author Notification - 16 May 2018

IJCAI Early registration deadline - 31 May 2018

Final Version - 11 June 2018 - Please submit your final version to EasyChair.

Workshop held - 13 July 2018


Submissions should follow the IJCAI formatting requirements except (1) the submissions should contain the author names (reviewing will *not* be anonymous) and (2) the page limit is 8 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=grw18

Related Previous Workshops

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



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