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ACAI Summer School on Reinforcement Learning

Saturday, 7 October, 2017 - 08:00 to Saturday, 14 October, 2017 - 18:00
Floreal Nieuwpoort
Albert I laan 74, 8620 Nieuwpoort
Summer School

Organising Committee Members
Robert Babuska, TUDelft
Ann Nowe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Karl Tuyls, University of Liverpool

Dates
7 October 2017 till 14 October 2017 + optional introduction to Reinforcement Learning on 6th and 7th of October 2017

Theme
In this summer school we want to go beyond the basic introduction to RL and cover the more advanced topics as well, as it is exactly these more innovative subjects which have resulted in the recent successful applications of RL in areas such as robotics and computer games.

Following topics will be covered:
RL & function approximation
RL & speed up through demonstrations, shaping and inverse RL
RL & exploration and exploitation aspects (including some theoretical results on regret bounds)
RL for Multi-agent systems
RL & Deep learning
RL & batch and policy search approaches
Recent applications of RL

Concept
We opt for a location which offers full board, to create a real team spirit. Participants (who don't attent the 2 introdutory days) are expected to arrive on Saturday afternoon, October 7th, in the evening we will organize a social get together. On Sunday morning we plan a poster session by the participants, and in the afternoon an excursion. The actual lectures will start on Monday morning. Lecturers have been asked to include demonstrations and hands on exercises, wherever possible. We also explore the possibility of a friendly contest amongst the participants. The school will be finished by Friday evening, but the accommodation remains available till Saturday morning.

Confirmed lecturers
Lucian Busoniu, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Victor Lesser, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Remi Munos INRIA Lille and Google DeepMind
Jan Peters, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Doina Precup McGill University
Hado van Hasselt, Google DeepMind

Location
The accommodation provides two bedroom apartments shared by 2 people (i.e. individual rooms). http://www.florealgroup.be/en/page/nieuwpoort-en.html
Individual accomodation is available upon request and subject to availibility.
Nieuwpoort is easy to reach by public transport. The necessary information will be provided the the participants.

Registration fee
The registration fee 670 euro. This registration fee includes full board accomodation form October 7th till October 14th in a 2 bedroom apartement shared by two participants (i.e. individual rooms).
We also provide a very basic introduction for those students with zero background in RL. This will be optional, and organised on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th .The extra cost will be 150 euro to cover the costs of the 2 extra days of full board accommodation.

Applications
Applications should be mailed to Lara Mennes, lmennes@vub.ac.be, and include : short motivation, 1 page cv and recommendation letter of supervisor (in case of students). Please indicate if you are interested in the two basic RL introductory days.
Cutoff days: June 20th 2017 and August 31st 2017.