Northeast Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making Symposium

Date: Friday November 13th, 2020, 1pm-6pm EST
Location: Virtual

The NorthEast Reinforcement learning and Decision making Symposium (NERDS) is an event for graduate students to present their work and connect with other researchers. We hope that this event will increase awareness of the research being conducted within the region and potentially spark new collaborations. Additionally, this event is intended to highlight the work of students, and so we are limiting presentations to be from Ph.D. students only. However, faculty and others from a university in the northeast region are welcome to attend.

Due to COVID-19, the event will be virtual with talks given via zoom and posters and socials hosted on GatherTown. There will be no cost to register, and we ask that those interested in presenting register early.

The following is a tenative schedule for the event. Exact details will be updated closer to the event.
Time Event Speaker Topic
1:00pm-1:10pm Opening Remarks Organizers
1:10pm-1:50pm Invited Talk Andy Barto On Designing Reward Signals
1:50pm-2:10pm Invited Talk Mingyu Song Learning Multi-dimensional Rules via Value-based Serial Hypothesis Testing
2:10pm-2:30pm Contributed Talk Haque Ishfaq Provably Efficient Policy Optimization with Thompson Sampling
2:30pm-4:00pm Posters & Social
4:00pm-4:20pm Invited Talk Khimya Khetarpal A Theory of Affordances in Reinforcement Learning
4:20pm-4:40pm Contribued Talk Akhil Bagaria Skill Discovery in Deep Reinforcement Learning
4:40pm-5:00pm Contributed Talk Theodore Sumers Learning Rewards from Linguistic Feedback
5:00pm-6:00pm Social


The registration deadline has now passed.
To register for the event, please fill out this form. The deadline to register if you are attending or wanting to present a poster is November 9th. If you wish to present a poster, we ask that you have your poster ready by the registration deadline. A poster for this event can be a static image, an interactive whiteboard, or another medium available through GatherTown. We will provide more details on the poster format soon. If you are interested in giving a contributed talk, the deadline to register is October 30th, and you must submit a talk abstract with a link to relevant work. Speakers will have the option of presenting a poster as well. Contributed talks will be selected to ensure a diversity of speakers and topics.


This event is being organized by Blossom Metevier and Scott Jordan of the University of Massachusetts. If you have questions or concerns feel free to contact them via email: bmetevier at umass dot edu or sjordan at cs dot umass dot edu.