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Workshop on Reinforcement Learning Theory
Shipra Agrawal · Simon Du · Niao He · Csaba Szepesvari · Lin Yang

Sat Jul 24 09:00 AM -- 04:25 PM (PDT) @
Event URL: https://lyang36.github.io/icml2021_rltheory/ »

While over many years we have witnessed numerous impressive demonstrations of the power of various reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms, and while much progress was made on the theoretical side as well, the theoretical understanding of the challenges that underlie RL is still rather limited. The best-studied problem settings, such as learning and acting in finite state-action Markov decision processes, or simple linear control systems fail to capture the essential characteristics of seemingly more practically relevant problem classes, where the size of the state-action space is often astronomical, the planning horizon is huge, the dynamics is complex, interaction with the controlled system is not permitted, or learning has to happen based on heterogeneous offline data, etc. To tackle these diverse issues, more and more theoreticians with a wide range of backgrounds came to study RL and have proposed numerous new models along with exciting novel developments on both algorithm design and analysis. The workshop's goal is to highlight advances in theoretical RL and bring together researchers from different backgrounds to discuss RL theory from different perspectives: modeling, algorithm, analysis, etc.

Author Information

Shipra Agrawal (Columbia University)
Simon Du (University of Washington)
Niao He (ETH Zurich)
Csaba Szepesvari (DeepMind/University of Alberta)
Lin Yang (UCLA)

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