Summer School on Reinforcement Learning

ACAI Summer School on Reinforcement Learning

Nieuwpoort, Belgium

7 - 14 October 2017

Travel grant information is now avaliable




Sponsored by EurAI




Organising Committee Members

  • Robert Babuska, TUDelft
  • Ann Nowe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Karl Tuyls, University of Liverpool



7 October 2017 till 14 October 2017

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


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


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


The accommodation provides two bedroom apartments shared by 2 people (i.e. individual rooms).

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 6th and Saturday 7th .The extra cost will be 150 euro to cover the costs of the 2 extra days of full board accommodation.


Applications should be mailed to Lara Mennes,,  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.

Travel grants

EurAI provides a limited number of travel grants. Depending on your expected travel costs, grants will amount to 200 euro (basically BeNeLux applicants), 400 euro (Europe) and 600 euro (for applicants outside Europe). To apply, send an email to Steven Schockaert,, treasurer of EuroAI with a short motivation for your application for the travel grant.