AAAI-10 Workshop on
Goal Directed Autonomy

12 July 2010 in Tower Room 1201 (8th Floor) of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

Workshop Proposal | Call for Participation (text) | Submission Info | Dates | Agenda | Papers | Attendees | Organizers

Call for Participation


How should an agent or group of collaborating agents, designed to exhibit "intelligent" behavior, respond to unanticipated failures and opportunities during plan execution in a complex (e.g., partially observable, stochastic, dynamic, continuous, multi-agent) environment? We argue that they should reason about their goals. In particular, they should (1) detect situations that may trigger goal reasoning, (2) explain why the situation demands attention, (3) decide how to respond (e.g., via goal(s) formulation), and (4) manage the current set goals, which may involve tasks such as goal interruption, transformation, resumption, and/or deletion. This workshop will assess the benefits and limitations of alternative GDA conceptual models, representations, and reasoning methods, along with their evaluation and (potential) applications.

Agents are typically told what goals to pursue and cannot modify them. Some methods (e.g., for contingency planning, dynamic replanning) can respond to execution failures, but usually ignore opportunities and do not reason about the goals themselves. GDA relaxes some common assumptions of classical planning (e.g., static environments, fixed goals, no unpredictable exogenous events), and requires attention to some new issues (e.g., when, how, and what new goals should be formulated?). Many application contexts exist (e.g., analysis of social/cultural behaviors, workflow processing, real-time video games, military missions, disaster management).


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


This one-day workshop will include a comprehensive introductory presentation, example GDA scenarios, paper presentations, break-out sessions for groups to identify potential GDA models and applicable methods, and their summary presentations. We will also include a panel on challenges for designing, implementing, and evaluating GDA systems. Additional time will be reserved for demos, Q/A, and discussion of workshop topics/presentations. Interested and curious researchers are most welcome!

Participation Process

This one-day workshop will be held on 11 or 12 July 2010 as part of the
AAAI-10 workshop series in Atlanta, Georgia. This workshop is open to all members of the AI community. Please contact co-organizer David Aha if you wish to attend. Please note: the number of participants is limited to 75, and attendees must register for this workshop. (A workshop-only registration option exists; see the AAAI-10 web site for details.)


Our Workshop Organizing Committee will select presentations through a review process. PDF paper submissions should be formatted according to the AAAI 2010 Workshop Author Instructions, but please include your name(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es) at the top of the first page as this will not be a double-blind reviewing process. Submissions should not exceed 6 pages in length, and be in PDF format. We also welcome short (max 4 pages) submissions concerning system demonstrations relevant to the workshop focus. Finally, we request a 1-2 page Statement of Interest from anyone who wishes to attend without submitting a paper. In these Statements, please describe your relevant interest, related projects (if any), and list a few relevant publications (if any). Please email all Submissions, Statements, or requests to be on this workshop's (moderated) mailing list to co-organizer David W. Aha.

Authors of all accepted or invited workshop papers should sign AAAI's Distribution License form and mail or FAX it to AAAI by 20 May 2010:

Important Dates

29 March 2010: Paper submissions due
7 May 2010: Responses returned re: submitted papers
18 May 2010: Submission of revised and invited camera-ready papers
12 July 2010 (9am-6pm): Workshop date! (Atlanta, Georgia)


David W. Aha, Naval Research Laboratory
Matthew Klenk, NRC/NRL
Héctor Muñoz-Avila, Lehigh University
Ashwin Ram, Georgia Institute of Technology
Daniel Shapiro, ISLE