EWRL14 (2018)

Here you can find preliminary information about the workshop structure, dates, speakers. Please contact the organizers Matteo Pirotta, Ronan FruitMathieu Seurin or Florian Strub and if you have any questions.

The 14th European Workshop on Reinforcement Learning (EWRL 2018)

Dates:    October 1-3rd, 2018
Location: École nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers (ENSAM), 8 Boulevard Louis XIV, 59800 Lille, France

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The 14th European workshop on reinforcement learning (EWRL 2018) invites reinforcement learning researchers to participate in the revival of this world-class event. We plan to make this an exciting event for researchers worldwide, not only for the presentation of top quality papers but also as a forum for ample discussion of open problems and future research directions. EWRL 2018 will consist of 3+ tutorials (yes!), 10+ keynote talks, contributed paper presentations, discussion sessions spread over a three-day period, and a poster session.

Reinforcement learning is an active field of research which deals with the problem of sequential decision making in unknown (and often) stochastic and/or partially observable environments. Recently there has been a wealth of both impressive empirical results, as well as significant theoretical advances. Both types of advances are of significant importance and we would like to create a forum to discuss such interesting results.

The workshop will cover a range of sub-topics including (but not limited to):

  • Exploration/Exploitation
  • Function approximation in RL
  • Theoretical aspects of RL
  • Policy search methods
  • Empirical evaluations in RL
  • Kernel methods for RL
  • Partial observable RL
  • Bayesian RL
  • Multi-agent RL
  • Risk-sensitive RL
  • Financial RL
  • Knowledge Representation in RL
  • Neural RL

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Richard Sutton
  • Martin Riedmiller
  • Joelle Pineau
  • Nicolo Cesa-Bianchi
  • Tze Leung Lai
  • Remi Munos
  • Andreas Krause
  • Gergely Neu
  • More TBA !


  • Advanced Topics in Bandit: Csaba Szepesvári and Tor Lattimore
  • Markov Games: TBA !

Paper Submission

We invite submissions for the 14th European Workshop on Reinforcement Learning (EWRL 2018) from the entire reinforcement learning spectrum. Authors can submit a 2-6 pages paper in JMLR format (excluding references) that will be reviewed by the program committee in a double-blind procedure. The papers can present new work or give a summary of recent work of the author(s). All papers will be considered for the poster sessions. Outstanding long papers (4-6 pages) will also be considered for a 20 minutes oral presentation.

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions due: 15 June 2018, 12am CET
  • Notification of acceptance: Mid-July 2018
  • Camera ready due: September 2018
  • Workshop begins: 1 October 2018
  • Workshop ends: 3 October 2018

Organizing Committee

The SequeL team, INRIA Lille. In particular

External organizers

  • Jérémie Mary (Criteo Research)
  • Olivier Pietquin (Google Brain)
  • Gabriel Dulac-Arnold (Squirrel Group)


Program Committee

  • Lilian Besson
  • Roberto Calandra
  • Victor Gabillon
  • Pratik Gajane
  • Matthieu Geist
  • Mohammad Gheshlaghi Azar
  • Anders Jonsson
  • Akshay Krishnamurthy
  • Rémi Munos
  • Julien Perolat
  • Bilal Piot
  • Marcello Restelli
  • Ronald Ortner
  • Claire Vernade

Keynote/Tutorial/Invited Speakers’ Abstracts



Accepted Papers/Abstracts/Posters




Workshop Venue


EWRL14 takes place at in Lille, France. The precise address is:

École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (Lille)

8 Boulevard Louis XIV, 59800 Lille, France


Travelling to Lille

Lille is very easy to access either by road, or fast train, or plane. We sketch the simplest way to come to Lille from various places in the world. Many other ways are possible.

  • probably the easiest way to come to Lille from America, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and non-neighbouring countries (i.e., countries others from Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany) is to fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). CDG is connected to almost all countries worldwide. Once in CDG, one catches the fast train (TGV) at the train station located in terminal 2 of CDG. 50 minutes later, you take off in one of the 2 train stations of Lille (located a few hundred meters from each other).
  • you may also fly to London, UK, and connect to Saint Pancras train station, board on the Eurostar (fast train between the UK and France), travel under the Channel and take off in Lille train station.
  • from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, it may be even easier to take a Thalys fast train straight to Lille (from Amsterdam, Brussels, or Köln).

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