AGI-11 Workshop

Self-Programming in AGI Systems

Call for Papers

The behavior of a computer system consists of a sequence of operations. A major difference between conventional systems and intelligent systems is that the former follow predetermined programs provided by human programmers, while the latter systems are capable of “self-programming” in the sense that their behavior is not always explicitly specified by a human, but rather “decided by the system itself” to various degrees. In a broad sense many existing AI techniques can be considered as capable of self-programming, including, for example, abilities for searching, planning, production systems, genetic programming, inductive logic programming, reinforcement learning, reactive agent/robot, adaptive agent/robot and so on. Therefore, self-programming is often achieved via learning, though there are other possibilities.

Artificial General Intelligence

The term “artificial general intelligence” (AGI) refers to general-purpose systems with an integrative and holistic intellectual and cognitive abilities. For a system to be considered AGI, some form of self-programming is necessary component, since such systems have to be capable of learning whole new skill-sets from experience, not simply improving performance on a single or a small set of pre-programmed tasks. Existing AI techniques can only achieve this to a certain degree and many problems remain unsolved. Many techniques are yet to be discovered to achieve advanced levels of system autonomy. Given the special requirements of AGI, we need to compare and evaluate alternative answers to fundamental questions related to self-programming processes.

The AGI-11 Workshop on “Self-Programming in AGI Systems” will provide an opportunity for AGI researchers to discuss these questions.


The workshop is open to submissions that address the above and the related questions. A submission can be in the form of a full-length paper or a short position statement as specified in the CFP of AGI-11.

Submissions should be emailed to by June 30, 2011. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by July 15, 2011.

All accepted submissions will be kept at a webpage dedicated to the workshop, and future publication possibility (such as a special issue of a journal) will be explored.

Each accepted submission will be presented orally at the workshop, followed by general discussions.

Organizing Committee

Kristinn R. Thórisson (Reykjavik University,
Pei Wang (Temple University,
Deon Garrett (Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines,

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