Welcome to the 9th Goal Reasoning Workshop at ACS 2021

Intelligent systems must manage their own goals across various domains such as fully observable, partially observable, dynamic, and multi-agent. To achieve robust behavior across such varied environments, the agents must reason about their own goals, relevant environmental factors, and other agents. Some approaches used in AI to achieve such behavior include Automated planning, action execution, goal achievement, goal management, goal operations, anomaly detection, explanation and reasoning about anomalies, expectations, and goal delegation. Researchers can observe the implementation of the above approaches across different disciplines in AI. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from distinct subfields to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion on goal reasoning.

Technical Topics relevant to this workshop include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • 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 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-goaling)
  • 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.


Name Affiliation Email Website
Sravya Kondrakunta Wright State University, USA kondrakunta.2@wright.edu URL
Zohreh Dannenhauer Knexus Research Corporation, USA zohreh.dannenhauer@knexusresearch.com URL
Venkatsampath Raja Gogineni Wright State University, USA gogineni.14@wright.edu URL

Program Committee

Name Affiliation
David W. Aha Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Dongkyu Choi A*STAR, Singapore
Dustin Dannenhauer Parallax Advanced Research, USA
Eva Onaindia Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Hayley Borck SIFT, USA
Irina Rabkina Occidental College, USA
Kenneth Forbus Northwestern University, USA
Leilani Gilpin Sony AI, USA
Mark 'Mak' Roberts Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Martin Oxenham Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Matthew Molineaux Parallax Advanced Research, USA
Michael Floyd Knexus Research Corporation, USA
Michael T. Cox Wright State University, USA
Nikhil Krishnaswamy Colorado State University, USA
Othalia Larue Parallax Advanced Research, USA
Sunandita Patra University of Maryland, USA

Important Dates

Paper Submission - 15 September 2021 30 September 2021

Author Notification - 16 October 2021 21 October 2021

Camera Ready - 26 October 2021

Workshop held - 15-18 November 2021


Submissions may be up to 16 pages plus references. All papers should conform to the following formatting guidelines and style presented here. The submissions should contain the author names (reviewing will *not* be anonymous). The papers must be submitted in a PDF format via EasyChair system (Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=grwacs2021) Submissions will be reviewed by at least two referees.

We welcome existing publications from other venues that are appropriate for discussion at this workshop. Please note in the title area if this work is already accepted at another venue. If the work is under review at another venue please notify the organizers so we can avoid potential reviewing conflicts.

Related Previous Workshops

2020 8th Workshop on Integrated Execution and Goal Reasoning at ICAPS-2020 with 14 submissions

2019 7th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at ACS-2019 with 6 submissions

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

2017 5th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at IJCAI 2017 with 8 submissions

2016 4th Workshop on Goal Reasoning at IJCAI 2016 with 15 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



Invited Talks