AAAI Spring Symposium Series 2018

Symposium on Integrating
Representation, Reasoning, Learning, and Execution
for Goal Directed Autonomy

March 26th – 28th, 2018

Stanford University

  Update: Paper submission deadline extended to November 7th!  


Recent advances in AI and robotics have led to a resurgence of interest in the objective of producing intelligent agents that help us in our daily lives. Such agents must be able to rapidly adapt to the changing goals of their users, and the changing environments in which they operate.

These requirements lead to a balancing act that most current systems have difficulty contending with: on the one hand, human interaction and computational scalability favor the use of abstracted models of problems and environments domains; on the other hand, generating goal directed behavior in the real world typically requires accurate models that are difficult to obtain and computationally hard to reason with.

This symposium addresses the core research gaps that arise in designing autonomous systems that execute their actions in complex environments using imprecise models. The sources of imprecision may range from computational pragmatism to imperfect knowledge of the actual problem domain. Some of the research directions that this symposium aims to highlight are:

  • hierarchical approaches for goal directed autonomy in physically manifested intelligent systems (e.g., robotics)
  • formalizations for knowledge representation and reasoning under uncertainty for real-world systems and their simulations, including those based on logic as well as on probability theory
  • tradeoffs between model verisimilitude, scalability, and executability in sequential decision making
  • bridging the gaps between abstract models and reality in sequential decision making
  • online model learning and model improvement during execution
  • identifying modeling errors during plan execution
  • integrated approaches for learning representations and execution policies
  • analysis and use of abstractions in autonomous reasoning and execution

Paper Submission

We invite paper submissions on relevant topics, which include, but are not limited to:
  • Hierarchical representation, reasoning, and planning
  • Behavior synthesis and execution in robotics
  • Planning and reasoning with abstract models while ensuring executability
  • Abstraction from controls to logic
  • Execution monitoring of autonomous systems
  • Performance evaluation of executable autonomous systems
  • Integrated task and motion planning
  • Reasoning in the presence of abstraction
  • Online model learning and model improvement
  • Detecting model errors during execution
  • Integrated representation and policy learning

We invite submissions of full papers (6-8 pages) and short/position papers (2-4 pages). We also solicit system demonstrations which highlight how some of the challenges of interest to this symposium were handled.

Papers should be submitted via the easychair portal.

Technically, symposium papers are not considered archival, and a transfer of copyright to AAAI is not required. Symposium authors are free to submit their work to other venues, but they should always check with that venue to be sure they have no problem with it.

Important Dates

Paper submission October 27 November 7, 2017 (extended!)
Notification November 27, 2017
Camera-ready deadline January 23, 2018

Organizing Committee

Siddharth Srivastava Arizona State University
Shiqi Zhang Cleveland State University
Nick Hawes University of Oxford
Erez Karpas Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
George Konidaris Brown University
Matteo Leonetti University of Leeds
Mohan Sridharan The University of Auckland
Jeremy Wyatt University of Birmingham

Program Committee

Christopher Amato Northeastern University
J. Benton NASA Ames Research Center / AAMU-RISE
Joydeep Biswas University of Massachusetts Amherst
Minh Do NASA Ames Research Center
Esra Erdem Sabanci University
Georgios Fainekos Arizona State University
Alberto Finzi Universita' di Napoli Federico II
Michael Gelfond Texas Tech University
Marc Hanheide University of Lincoln
Laura Hiatt U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Luca Iocchi Sapienza University of Rome
Leslie Kaelbling MIT
Sven Koenig University of Southern California
Lars Kunze University of Oxford
Bruno Lacerda University of Oxford
Gerhard Lakemeyer RWTH Aachen University
Daniele Magazzeni King's College London
Lenka Mudrova University of Birmingham
Tim Niemueller RWTH Aachen University
Andrea Orlandini National Research Council of Italy (ISTC-CNR)
Federico Pecora Orebro University
Subramanian Ramamoorthy The University of Edinburgh
Mark Roberts Naval Research Laboratory
Alessandro Saffiotti Orebro University
Enrico Scala ANU Research School in Computer Science
Jivko Sinapov Tufts University
Sylvie Thiebaux ANU
Yu Zhang Arizona State University
Shlomo Zilberstein University of Massachusetts Amherst