2nd Offline Reinforcement Learning Workshop

Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS)

December 14, 2021

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Source: Google AI Blog

Offline reinforcement learning (RL) is a re-emerging area of study that aims to learn behaviors using only logged data, such as data from previous experiments or human demonstrations, without further environment interaction. It has the potential to make tremendous progress in a number of real-world decision-making problems where active data collection is expensive (e.g., in robotics, drug discovery, dialogue generation, recommendation systems) or unsafe/dangerous (e.g., healthcare, autonomous driving, or education). Such a paradigm promises to resolve a key challenge to bringing reinforcement learning algorithms out of constrained lab settings to the real world.

The 1st offline RL workshop, held at NeurIPS 2020, focused on and led to algorithmic development in offline RL and garnered wide attention. This year, we propose to shift the focus from algorithm design to bridging the gap between offline RL research and real-world offline RL. Our aim is to create a space for discussion between researchers and practitioners on topics of importance for enabling offline RL methods in the real-world. We will encourage discussions and contributions around (but not limited to) the following topics that are important in the context of enabling real-world applications of offline RL methods:

  • Offline RL using datasets unrelated or loosely-related to the task of interest
  • Real-world domains and benchmarks for offline RL
  • Cross-validation, model selection and hyperparameter tuning in offline settings
  • Accelerating lifelong and continual learning via offline RL
  • Novel application domains for offline RL, e.g., black-box optimization.
  • Beyond pessimistic offline RL algorithms: generalization and uncertainty quantification
  • Optimization, stability and learning dynamics of offline RL algorithms

The submission deadline is October 6, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth). Please refer to the submission page for more details.


Rishabh Agarwal
Google Research, Brain Team and MILA
Aviral Kumar
UC Berkeley
George Tucker
Google Research, Brain Team
Justin Fu
UC Berkeley
Nan Jiang
Doina Precup
DeepMind and McGill University

To contact the organizers, please send an email to offline-rl-neurips@google.com.

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