Call for Extended Abstracts

We invite submission of work with the goal of enabling agents to remember, adapt, and generalize. In particular, we welcome submissions related to transfer and meta-learning, multi-task and goal-conditioned RL, and continual learning. Some relevant questions include, but are not limited to:

  • What mechanisms allow for continuous learning on a stream of tasks?
  • What sort of supervision or feedback allows for faster transfer: rewards, demonstrations, goal indicators, interaction with humans?
  • By what processes do humans transfer knowledge to new tasks, and how can we take inspiration from them?
  • How can an agent exploit the structure in the world to explore efficiently in a new task?
  • For agents that learn to learn, what are the properties of the learned learning algorithms? Do they resemble learning algorithms that we have designed?
  • What environments facilitate learning to adapt and generalize? Can it emerge naturally? How do we design or generate these environments?

Important Deadlines

Extended abstract deadline: February 11th 2020, 11:59 PM anywhere on Earth
Decision notification: February 25th 2020, 6:00 PM pacific time
Camera-ready deadline: April 19th 2020, 11:59 PM anywhere on Earth

Submission Instructions

Submissions can be made at cmt3.research.microsoft.com/BeTRRL2020.

Submissions should be 4 pages (excluding references). An optional appendix should not exceed 10 additional pages. Please format your submission using these modified ICLR 2020 style files and templates.
Submissions must be anonymized.

Selection Criteria

All submissions will undergo peer review by the workshop’s program committee. Accepted abstracts will be chosen based on technical merit, empirical validation, novelty, and suitability to the workshop’s goals.

Work that has already appeared or is scheduled to appear in a journal, workshop, or conference (including ICLR 2020) must be significantly extended to be eligible for workshop submission. Work that is currently under review at another venue or has not yet been published in an archival format as of the date of the deadline may be submitted. This includes submissions to the ICML conference proceedings, which are welcome.

Presentation Details

All accepted abstracts will be presented in the form of a poster. Four submissions will be invited to present 15-minute contributed talks. Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website. However, this does not constitute an archival publication and no formal workshop proceedings will be made available, meaning contributors are free to publish their work in archival journals or conferences.

Code of conduct

All participants of the workshop must abide by the ICLR code of conduct. We empower and encourage you to report any behavior that makes you or others feel uncomfortable by contacting the ICLR Diversity and Inclusion co-chairs. You can also contact the organizing committee by email at betr.rl.workshop@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please contact us at betr.rl.workshop@gmail.com for questions outside the scope of this FAQs section.

1. Can supplementary material be added beyond the 4-page limit and are there any restrictions on it?
Yes, you may include additional supplementary material, but you should ensure that the main paper is self-contained, since looking at supplementary material is at the discretion of the reviewers. The supplementary material should also follow the same ICLR format as the paper and be limited to a reasonable amount (max 10 pages in addition to the main submission).

2. Can a submission to this workshop be submitted to another ICLR workshop in parallel?
We discourage this, as it leads to more work for reviewers across multiple workshops. Our suggestion is to pick one workshop to submit to.

3. If a submission is accepted, is it possible for all authors of the accepted paper to receive a chance to register?
We cannot confirm this yet.

4. Can a paper be submitted to the workshop that has already appeared at a previous conference with published proceedings?
We won’t be accepting such submissions unless they have been adapted to contain significantly new results (where novelty is one of the qualities reviewers will be asked to evaluate).

5. Can a paper be submitted to the workshop that is currently under review or will be under review at a conference during the review phase?
BeTR-RL submissions are 4 pages, i.e., much shorter than standard conference submissions. But from our side it is perfectly fine to submit a condensed version of a parallel conference submission, if it also fine for the conference in question. Our workshop does not have archival proceedings, and therefore parallel submissions of extended versions to other conferences are acceptable.

6. Are there any instructions for the camera-ready?
The camera-ready version of your accepted paper should be limited to 4 pages, with up to 10 pages additional materials.