SASO-09 Workshop on Metareasoning in Self Adaptive Systems

September 15, 2009, Colocated with SASO 2009, San Francisco, CA



Call for Papers


Organizing Committee

Program Committee




Accepted Papers

Workshop Program

CFP in pdf

MetaReasoning Links

Call for Papers

The 21st century is experiencing a renewed interest in an old idea within artificial intelligence that goes to the heart of what it means to be both human and intelligent. This idea is that much can be gained by thinking of one's own thinking. Metareasoning is the process of reasoning about reasoning itself. As shown below, it is composed of both meta-level control of computational activities and the introspective monitoring of reasoning to evaluate and to explain computation. Meta-level control is the ability of an agent to efficiently trade off its resources between object level actions (computations) and ground level actions to maximize the quality of its decisions. Introspective monitoring is necessary to gather sufficient information with which to make effective meta-level control decisions or to explain failed object-level reasoning. This workshop will explore the implications of this model by examining the various aspects of metareasoning and models of self and their role in single-agent and multiagent applications.

This one-day workshop will focus on techniques and benefits of metareasoning and introspection in self adaptive systems. It will include a number of short paper presentations, thematically organized discussion sessions, and a keynote address by Dr. Mike Cox, DARPA. We also will include panel discussions so that the audience can ask follow up questions that compare and contrast related positions.


Potential Topics:

Theoretical models of metareasoning
The integration of meta-level control and monitoring
Multiagent coordinated metareasoning
Meta-explanation and self-explanation
Self-adaptive systems and autonomic computing
Centralized versus distributed meta-level control
Human metacognition and metamemory
The role of state abstraction in metareasoning
Computational models of self and consciousness
Logical introspection and reflective logic programming
Bounded rationality
Learning agents and metareasoning
Evaluation of metareasoning systems

Organizing Committee:
Robert Laddaga (co-chair)                                               Anita Raja (co-chair)
Senior Research Scientist                                                 Associate Professor
Intelligent Computing                                                        Department of Software & Information Systems
BBN Technologies                                                           University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cambridge, MA 02138                                                   Charlotte, NC 28223                                               
(617) 873-5524                                                              (704) 687-8651

Michael L. Anderson, Assistant Professor. Franklin & Marshall College.
Howard Shrobe, Principal Research Scientist, MIT.
Shlomo Zilberstein, Professor, University of Massachusetts.

Program Committee:
 Mark Burstein, Principal Scientist, BBN.
Robert Goldman, Principal Researcher, SIFT, LLC.
Victor Lesser, Professor, University of Massachusetts.
John Maraist, Senior Scientist, SIFT, LLC.
David Musliner, Principal Researcher, SIFT, LLC.
Paul Robertson, Senior Research Scientist, BBN.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline

  July 10, 2009  July 17, 2009*

Acceptance Notification

 August 5, 2009

Camera-ready Copy

 August 15, 2009

SASO Workshop

 September 15, 2009

Submission Instructions:

We encourage the submission of high quality, original papers that are not submitted for publication elsewhere. All submissions should be 10 pages formatted according to the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide 8.5" x 11" Two-Column Format. Document templates for submissions can be downloaded here. Short position statements are also accepted. Submissions should be emailed to both chairs ( and by the deadline period.

Accepted Papers:
Metacognition for Self-Regulated Learning in a Dynamic Environment
Darsana P. Josyula, Franklin C. Hughes, Harish Vadali, Bette J. Donahue, Fassil Molla, Michelle Snowden, Jalissa Miles, Ahmed Kamara and Chinomnso Maduka

Funk2: A Distributed Processing Language for Reflective Tracing of a Large Critic-Selector Cognitive Architecture
Bo Morgan

Metareasoning-based Self Adaptive Tracking
Paul Robertson and Robert Laddaga

Priority-based Meta-Control within Hierarchical Task Network Planning
Robert Goldman and David Musliner

Influencing Massive Multi-agent Systems via Viral Trait Spreading
Brian Mclaughlan and Henry Hexmoor

Metareasoning-based Learning for Classification Hierarchies
Joshua Jones & Ashok Goel

Learning from Observing: Vision and POIROT Using Metareasoning for Self Adaptation
Mark Burstein, Robert Bobrow, William Ferguson, Robert Laddaga, Paul Robertson

Position Papers:

Prediction and Metacognition
James L Eilbert

The Logical Road to Human Level AI Leads to a Dead End Compassionate Intelligence and Affective Inference
Cindy Mason

Workshop Program:

Tentative Schedule

 9 am Introduction
 9:30 am  Keynote: Computational Introspection, Mike Cox [pdf]
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Metacognition for Self-Regulated Learning in a Dynamic Environment, Josyula et al.
11:15 am Funk2: A Distributed Processing Language for Reflective Tracing of a Large Critic-Selector Cognitive Architecture, Bo Morgan
11:45 am Metareasoning-based Self Adaptive Tracking - Robertson and Laddaga [pdf]
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Priority-based Meta-Control within Hierarchical Task Network Planning, Goldman and Musliner [pdf]
2:00 pm Influencing Massive Multi-agent Systems via Viral Trait Spreading Mclaughlan and Hexmoor
2:30 pm Metareasoning-based Learning for Classification Hierarchies, Jones & Goel [pdf]
3:00 pm Learning from Observing: Vision and POIROT Using Metareasoning for Self Adaptation, Burstein et al.
3:30 pm Poster Presentations: Eilbert
3:45 pm Discussion  Panel



*After several requests, the due date for workshop papers has been extended to 17 July 2009. We cannot postpone further because the conference hasn't postponed the date we must provide them with decisions. If you can submit your paper on the 10th we'd appreciate it. If you intend to use the extension, please send us an email indicating your intention. Either way, we would like to know by friday 10 July if you plan to submit by the 17th.