Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop, NIPS 2015

The first-ever Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop will be held at NIPS 2015 in Montréal, Canada on Friday December 11th. More details about the program are coming soon.

Organizers: John Schulman, Pieter Abbeel, David Silver, and Satinder Singh.
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Co-Sponsored by Osaro and Google DeepMind
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Call for Papers

The deadline has passed.

We invite you to submit papers that combine neural networks with reinforcement learning, which will be presented as talks or posters. The submission deadline is October 10th (midnight), and decisions will be sent out on October 24th October 29th. Please submit papers by email to this address.
Submissions should be in the NIPS 2015 format with a maximum of eight pages, not including references. Accepted submissions will get a spotlight talk and a poster presentation.


Although the theory of reinforcement learning addresses an extremely general class of learning problems with a common mathematical formulation, its power has been limited by the need to develop task-specific feature representations. A paradigm shift is occurring as researchers figure out how to use deep neural networks as function approximators in reinforcement learning algorithms; this line of work has yielded remarkable empirical results in recent years. This workshop will bring together researchers working at the intersection of deep learning and reinforcement learning, and it will help researchers with expertise in one of these fields to learn about the other.


09:00 - 09:30   Honglak Lee, Deep Reinforcement Learning with Predictions
09:30 - 10:00   Juergen Schmidhuber, Reinforcement Learning of Programs in General Purpose Computers with Memory
10:00 - 10:30   Michael Bowling
10:30 - 11:00   Morning coffee
11:00 - 11:30   Volodymyr Mnih, Faster Deep Reinforcement Learning
11:30 - 12:00   Gerry Tesauro, Deep RL and Games Research at IBM
12:00 - 12:05   Osaro, tech talk
12:05 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 14:30   Sergey Levine, Deep Sensorimotor Learning for Robotic Control
14:30 - 15:00   Yoshua Bengio
15:00 - 16:00   Spotlight talks for contributed papers
16:00 - 17:00   Poster presentations & coffee
17:00 - 17:30   Martin Riedmiller, Deep RL for Learning Machines
17:30 - 18:00   Jan Koutnik, Compressed Neural Networks for Reinforcement Learning

Contributed Papers

Accepted papers will be presented in a spotlight talk and a poster session.

The importance of experience replay database composition in deep reinforcement learning
Tim de Bruin, Jens Kober, Karl Tuyls, Robert Babuška

Continuous deep-time neural reinforcement learning
Davide Zambrano, Pieter R. Roelfsema and Sander M. Bohte

Memory-based control with recurrent neural networks
Nicolas Heess, Jonathan J Hunt, Timothy Lillicrap, David Silver

How to discount deep reinforcement learning: towards new dynamic strategies
Vincent François-Lavet, Raphael Fonteneau, Damien Ernst

Strategic Dialogue Management via Deep Reinforcement Learning
Heriberto Cuayáhuitl, Simon Keizer, Oliver Lemon

Deep Reinforcement Learning in Parameterized Action Space
Matthew Hausknecht, Peter Stone

Guided Cost Learning: Inverse Optimal Control with Multilayer Neural Networks
Chelsea Finn, Sergey Levine, Pieter Abbeel

Learning Deep Control Policies for Autonomous Aerial Vehicles with MPC-Guided Policy Search
Tianhao Zhang, Gregory Kahn, Sergey Levine, Pieter Abbeel

Actor-Mimic: Deep Multitask and Transfer Reinforcement Learning
Emilio Parisotto, Jimmy Lei Ba, Ruslan Salakhutdinov

Deep Inverse Reinforcement Learning
Markus Wulfmeier, Peter Ondruska and Ingmar Posner

ADAAPT: A Deep Architecture for Adaptive Policy Transfer from Multiple Sources
Janarthanan Rajendran, P Prasanna, Balaraman Ravindran, Mitesh Khapra

Q-Networks for Binary Vector Actions
Naoto Yoshida

The option-critic architecture
Pierre-Luc Bacon and Doina Precup

Learning Deep Neural Network Policies with Continuous Memory States
Marvin Zhang, Zoe McCarthy, Chelsea Finn, Sergey Levine, Pieter Abbeel

Deep Attention Recurrent Q-Network
Ivan Sorokin, Alexey Seleznev, Mikhail Pavlov, Aleksandr Fedorov, Anastasiia Ignateva

Generating Text with Deep Reinforcement Learning
Hongyu Guo

Deep Spatial Autoencoders for Visuomotor Learning
Chelsea Finn, Xin Yu Tan, Yan Duan, Trevor Darrell, Sergey Levine, Pieter Abbeel

Data-Efficient Learning of Feedback Policies from Image Pixels using Deep Dynamical Models
John-Alexander M. Assael, Niklas Wahlström, Thomas B. Schön, Marc Peter Deisenroth

One-Shot Learning of Manipulation Skills with Online Dynamics Adaptation and Neural Network Priors
Justin Fu, Sergey Levine, Pieter Abbeel

Learning Visual Models of Physics for Playing Billiards
Katerina Fragkiadaki, Pulkit Agrawal, Sergey Levine, Jitendra Malik

Conditional computation in neural networks for faster models
Emmanuel Bengio, Joelle Pineau, Pierre-Luc Bacon, Doina Precup

Incentivizing Exploration In Reinforcement Learning With Deep Predictive Models
Bradly C. Stadie, Sergey Levine, Pieter Abbeel

Learning Simple Algorithms from Examples
Wojciech Zaremba, Tomas Mikolov, Armand Joulin, Rob Fergus