Goal Reasoning: Foundations, Emerging Applications, and Prospects

  • David W. Aha NRL


Goal reasoning (GR) has a bright future as a foundation for the research and development of intelligent agents. GR is the study of agents that can deliberate on and self-select their goals/objectives, which is a desirable capability for some applications of deliberative autonomy. While studied in diverse AI sub-communities for multiple applications, our group has focused on how GR can play a key role for controlling autonomous systems. Thus, its importance is rapidly growing and it merits increased attention, particularly from the perspective of research on AI safety. In this article, I introduce GR, briefly relate it to other AI topics, summarize some of our group’s work on GR foundations and emerging applications, and describe some current and future research directions.

How to Cite
Aha, D. W. (2018). Goal Reasoning: Foundations, Emerging Applications, and Prospects. AI Magazine, 39(2), 3-24. https://doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v39i2.2800