Fall 2020

Theory of Reinforcement Learning Boot Camp

Aug 31, 2020 to Sep 4, 2020 

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Csaba Szepesvari (University of Alberta, Google DeepMind; chair), Emma Brunskill (Stanford University), Sébastien Bubeck (MSR), Alan Malek (DeepMind), Sean Meyn (University of Florida), Ambuj Tewari (University of Michigan), Mengdi Wang (Princeton)

Because of COVID-19, we cannot schedule in-person events on the Berkeley campus through December 2020. This workshop will take place online. It will be open to the public for online participation. Please register to receive the zoom webinar access details.

The Boot Camp is intended to acquaint program participants with the key themes of the program. It will consist of five days of tutorial presentations from leading experts in the topics of the program.

If you require accommodation for communication, information about mobility access, or have dietary restrictions, please contact our Access Coordinator at simonsevents [at] (subject: Workshop%20accessibility)  with as much advance notice as possible.

Registration is now closed. All talks will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel. If you would like to join the Zoom webinar, use this link:


Speaker: Csaba Szepesvari (University of Alberta, Google DeepMind) & Mengdi Wang (Princeton University, Google DeepMind)
Speaker: Csaba Szepesvari (University of Alberta, Google DeepMind) & Mengdi Wang (Princeton University, Google DeepMind)
Speaker: Alan Malek (DeepMind) & Wouter Koolen (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica)
Speaker: Alan Malek (DeepMind) & Wouter Koolen (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica)
Speaker: Ambuj Tewari (University of Michigan)
Speaker: Emma Brunskill (Stanford University)
Speaker: Emma Brunskill (Stanford University)
Speaker: Sean Meyn (University of Florida)
Speaker: Sean Meyn (University of Florida)
Speaker: Russ Tedrake (MIT & Toyota Research Institute) 
Invited Participants: 

Alekh Agarwal (Microsoft Research Redmond), Yu Bai (Salesforce Research), Luca Baldassarre (Swiss Re), Andrey Bernstein (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Jalaj Bhandari (Columbia University), Jeffrey Bohn (), Vivek Shripad Borkar (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay), Emma Brunskill (Stanford University), Sebastien Bubeck (Microsoft Research), Shantanu Prasad Burnwal (IIT Hyderabad), Marco Campi (University of Brescia), Rene Carmona (Princeton University), Lin Chen (Yale University), Brian Christian (UC Berkeley), Anca Dragan (UC Berkeley), Ashley Edwards (Georgia Tech), Dylan Foster (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)), Germano Gabbianelli (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Peter Glynn (Stanford University), Anupam Gupta (Carnegie Mellon University), Niao He (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chi Jin (Princeton University), Mihailo Jovanovic (University of Southern California), Ravindran Kannan (Microsoft Research India), Mikhail Konobeev (University of Alberta), Wouter Koolen (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica), Akshay Krishnamurthy (Microsoft Research), Eric Laber (North Carolina State University), Jason Lee (Princeton University), Lihong Li (Google Brain), Yao Liu (Stanford), Tengyu Ma (Stanford University), Alan Malek (DeepMind), Sean Meyn (University of Florida), Aditya Modi (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Eric Moulines (Ecole Polytechnique), Vidya Muthukumar (UC Berkeley), Raju Nair (Swiss Re), Joseph Naor (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology), Angelia Nedich (Arizona State University), Gergely Neu (UPF), Ashwin Pananjady (UC Berkeley), Marek Petrik (University of New Hampshire), Balaraman Ravindran (IIT Madras), Wang Ruosong (), Daniel Russo (Columbia University), Barna Saha (UC Berkeley), Sergey Samsonov (National Research University Higher School of Economics), Bruno Scherrer (INRIA), Dale Schuurmans (University of Alberta), Alex Shapiro (Georgia Tech), Roshan Shariff (University of Alberta), Mohamad Kazem Shirani Faradonbeh (University of Florida), Aaron Sidford (Stanford University), Sean Sinclair (Cornell University), Phoebe Sun (Swiss Re), Csaba Szepesvári (University of Alberta, Google DeepMind), Russ Tedrake (MIT/Toyota Research Institute), Ambuj Tewari (University of Michigan), Claire Tomlin (UC Berkeley), Mathukumalli Vidyasagar (IIT Hyderabad), Stefan Wager (Stanford Graduate School of Business), Zhaoran Wang (Northwestern University), Guan Wang (Swiss Re), Mengdi Wang (Princeton University), Chen-Yu Wei (University of Southern California), Boyi Xie (Swiss Re), Lin Yang (University of California, Los Angeles), Zhuoran Yang (Princeton University), Huizhen Yu (University of Alberta), Christina Yu (Cornell University), Andrea Zanette (Stanford University), Stephan Zheng (Salesforce Research)