Welcome to the 4th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at IJCAI-2016!

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.

We plan a one-day workshop. Most of the workshop will focus on discussing contributed papers. We plan to host at least one invited speaker and a panel.

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
  • Conversational or narrative reasoning about goals
  • Goal-driven autonomy
  • Explanation and diagnosis of notable objects and events that impact goals
  • Planning, scheduling, and (meta-)reasoning for goals
  • Resolving goals online (e.g., plan repair, replanning, goal deferment, re-goalling)
  • Multi-agent or 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

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


Mark 'Mak' Roberts* Naval Research Laboratory, USA mark.roberts.ctr AT nrl.navy.mil URL
Daniel Borrajo Universidad Carlos III, Spain dborrajo AT ia.uc3m.es URL
Michael T. Cox Wright State University, USA michael.cox AT wright.edu URL
Neil Yorke-Smith American University of Beirut, Lebanon nysmith AT aub.edu.lb URL

Program Committee

David Aha Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Ron Alford MITRE Corporation, USA
Hayley Borck Adventium Labs, USA
Mark Burstein SIFT, USA
Alexandra Coman Ohio Northern University, USA
James Harland RMIT University, Australia
Nick Hawes U. Birmingham, UK
Matt Klenk PARC, USA
Matt Mollineaux Knexus Research, USA
Eva Onaindia University Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Alexander PokahrUniversity of Hamburg, Germany
Swaroop Vattam MIT Lincoln Labs, USA
Wheeler Ruml University of New Hampshire, USA
Vikas Shivashankar Knexus Research, USA

Important Dates

Abstract Submission - April 18 EXTENDED April 22

Paper Submission - April 22 EXTENDED April 24

Author Notification - May 16 EXTENDED May 20

IJCAI Early registration deadline - May 31

Final Version - June 10 EXTENDED June 17 - Please submit your final version to EasyChair.

IJCAI-16 workshop held - July 9, 2016


Abstracts will be due on April 22 and should be submitted through easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ijcai2016grw

Submissions should follow the IJCAI formatting requirements except (1) the submissions should contain the author names (reviewing will be anonymous) and (2) the page limit is 8 pages including references. Formatting style files are found here.

Submissions will be accepted through easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ijcai2016grw

Related Previous Workshops

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

Special Issue

We are pleased to announce that AI Communications has agreed to host a Special Issue on Goal Reasoning. Selected papers from the workshop will be invited to participate in the special issue.


A preliminary schedule is available here.


The proceedings are still being produced, but an archive of the accepted papers is available here.


Invited Talk: David Aha

Invited Talk: Sebastian Sardina

Zohreh Alavi and Michael Cox.
Rationale-based Visual Planning Monitors
paper presentation

Daniel Borrajo, Raquel Fuetetaja, Tomás de la Rosa.
Anticipatory Search as Partial Satisfaction Planning with State Dependent Costs
paper presentation

Michael Cox and Dustin Dannenhauer.
Goal Transformation and Goal Reasoning

Christopher Geib, Bart Craenen and Ron Petrick.
Combining Plan Recognition, Goal Reasoning, and Planning for Cooperative Task Behaviour
paper presentation

Fatemeh Golpayegani and Siobhan Clarke.
Goal-based Multi-agent Collaboration Community Formation: A Conceptual Model
paper presentation

Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Héctor Muñoz-Avila and Ugur Kuter.
WORD2HTN: Learning Task Hierarchies Using Statistical Semantics and Goal Reasoning

Kazjon Grace and Mary Lou Maher.
Surprise-triggered Reformulation of Design Goals
paper presentation

Justin Karneeb, Michael Floyd, Philip Moore and David Aha.
Distributed Discrepancy Detection for BVR Air Combat

Luis Pineda, Kyle Wray and Shlomo Zilberstein.
Fast SSP Solvers Using Short-Sighted Labeling
paper presentation

Alberto Pozanco, Susana Fernández and Daniel Borrajo.
On Learning Planning Goals for Traffic Control
paper presentation

Alexei V. Samsonovich.
Tests and metrics for believable character reasoning inspired by a cognitive architecture
paper presentation

Christine Task, Mark Wilson, Matthew Molineaux and David Aha.
An Illustrated Situation Calculus Abstraction for Iterative Explanatory Diagnosis
paper presentation

Mor Vered, Gal Kaminka and Sivan Biham.
Online Goal Recognition by Mirroring in Continuous Domains
paper presentation

Mark Wilson, James McMahon, Artur Wolek, David Aha and Brian Houston.
Toward Goal Reasoning for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Responding to Unexpected Agents

David Winer and R. Michael Young.
Discourse-Driven Tellability Goals For Narrative Planning