CFP - Extended Deadline: NeurIPS2021 4th Robot Learning Workshop

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Markus Wulfmeier

Sep 24, 2021, 2:16:59 PMSep 24
Dear friends and colleagues,

Due to multiple requests we have extended the submission deadline for the NeurIPS2021 - 4th Robot Learning Workshop to the 30 September 2021 (Anywhere on Earth).

If you have already submitted your work, you will be able to adapt and improve your submission until the new deadline!

Please feel free to find further information on our website or reach out for any questions you might have.

Best regards
Markus Wulfmeier on behalf of the organisers


CfP: 4th Robot Learning Workshop at NeurIPS 2021

Recently, progress in machine learning has enabled robots to demonstrate strong performance in helping humans across many fields and applications such as manufacturing, logistics, and transportation. While these results are promising, access to high-quality, task-relevant data remains one of the largest bottlenecks for the successful deployment of such technologies in the real world. For these reasons, applying machine learning to real-world robotic systems has naturally become an important part of the NeurIPS community. Today, unique opportunities are presenting themselves in this quest for robust, efficient, and continuous learning.

Large-scale, self-supervised, and multimodal approaches to learning are increasing data efficiency for supervised approaches. Similarly, reinforcement and imitation learning are becoming more stable and data-efficient in real-world settings; new approaches combining strong, principled safety and stability guarantees with the expressive power of machine learning are emerging. Methods to generate, re-use, and integrate more sources of valuable data, such as lifelong learning, transfer, and other forms of continuous improvement could unlock the next steps of performance. However, accessing these data sources comes with fundamental challenges, which include safety, stability, and the daunting issue of providing supervision for learning while the robot is in operation.

This workshop aims to discuss how these emerging trends in machine learning of self-supervision and lifelong learning can be best utilized in real-world robotic systems. We bring together experts with diverse perspectives on this topic to highlight the ways current successes in the field are changing the conversation around lifelong learning, and how this will affect the future of robotics, machine learning, and our ability to deploy intelligent, self-improving agents to enhance people’s lives. We encourage researchers, especially early-stage researchers to contribute their recent findings.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Challenges in real-world application of machine learning in robot perception and decision-making
  • Lifelong learning and adaptation for robots
  • Data-efficiency via transfer, multitask, and meta learning
  • Understanding, quantifying, and bridging the simulation-to reality-gap
  • Uncertainty, robustness, and safety
  • Self-supervised and semi-supervised representation learning
  • Predictive coding
  • Environment prediction
  • Occlusion inference
  • Long-horizon task learning
  • Demonstration-based and goal-oriented policy learning
  • Reward specification or learning
  • Online or active learning for system identification and adaptation to a changing dynamics
  • Self-supervised skill acquisition via self-play and student-teacher approaches
  • Transfer learning across robot morphologies
  • Architectures for open-ended learning
  • Active perception
  • Scene interpretation


Submission website:

Submissions should use the NeurIPS template, and be 4 pages
(plus as many pages as necessary for references). The reviewing process
will be double blind following the same standards as the main conference.

Accepted papers and eventual supplementary material 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. In the spirit of providing useful feedback, we will not accept submissions accepted to other conference or journal proceedings at the time of submission.
Deadlines and Dates
  • Submission deadline: 24 September 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Notification: 23 October 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
  • Camera-ready submission: T.B.D.
  • Workshop (virtual): 13 or 14 December 2021 (To be announced by conference)

Awards and Funding
We will likely be able to award prizes for the best papers. In addition, we hope to sponsor registration fees for presenting authors and some attendees, focussing on participants from underrepresented minorities in the field.

  • Alex Bewley (Google Research, Zurich)
  • Igor Gilitschenski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Masha Itkina (Stanford University)
  • Hamidreza Kasaei (University of Groningen)
  • Jens Kober (TU Delft)
  • Nathan Lambert (UC Berkeley)
  • Julien Perez (Naver Labs Europe)
  • Ransalu Senanayake (Stanford University)
  • Vincent Vanhoucke (Google Research, Mountain View)
  • Markus Wulfmeier (Google DeepMind, London)
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