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An active area of research, reinforcement learning has already achieved impressive results in solving complex games and a variety of real-world problems. However, organizations that attempt to leverage these strategies often encounter practical industry constraints. In this dynamic course, you will explore the cutting-edge of RL research, and enhance your ability to identify the correct approach for applying advanced frameworks to pressing industry challenges.
THIS COURSE MAY BE TAKEN INDIVIDUALLY OR AS PART OF THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN MACHINE LEARNING & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Reinforcement learning (RL) is transforming machine learning applications across industries—and its potential is only beginning to be tapped. From natural language processing and computer vision to self-driving cars and gaming, this paradigm offers practical applications in industries as diverse as transportation, retail, finance, urban planning, and healthcare.
In this accelerated, three-day course, you’ll receive an advanced overview of the cutting-edge RL topics that are driving exciting advancements in machine learning. Through interactive lectures and exercises, you’ll acquire a multi-faceted glimpse into the development and potential of RL, from the perspectives of statistics, optimal control, economics, operational research, and other disciplines.
A majority of the course will be dedicated to deep overviews into key topics in active research, including offline reinforcement learning, the theory of RL, multi-agent RL, Monte Carlo Tree Search, hierarchical RL, and model-based RL exploration. Additional sessions will focus on practical considerations when using deep RL methods, such as deep learning architectures, and what actually makes deep RL methods work.
You will additionally have the opportunity to put your learning into practice during hands-on clinics, in which you will use advanced algorithms to solve real-world problems, and then discuss your solutions with the class and instructors during office hours. You will leave the course armed with a broad understanding of reinforcement learning as a tool, mathematical framework, and active field of study.
By completing this course, you will enhance your ability to:
- Determine the reinforcement learning framework (e.g. goal-directed, hierarchical, offline reinforcement learning, bandits) that is best-suited to solve a specific problem
- Select the most promising algorithms for an already-formulated reinforcement learning problem
- Recognize the limitations of reinforcement learning in order to judge whether a situation is suited for these strategies
Who Should Attend
This course is designed for mid-career professionals who are actively involved in or want to learn more about reinforcement learning. The strategies covered will be applicable for a wide variety of fields, including robotics, automotive, manufacturing, urban planning and design, logistics, government and military, science and technology, retail, finance, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries.
Relevant job titles include, but are not limited to:
- Research Scientist
- Machine Learning Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Data Analyst
- Automation Engineer
- Product Manager
- Program Manager
Participants should be familiar with the basics of RL, including exact dynamic programming algorithms, Q-learning, deep neural networks, machine learning libraries (e.g. PyTorch or Tensorflow), and basic deep RL methods (DQN, policy gradient methods).
We fully expect to resume on-campus Short Programs courses during the Summer of 2022. However, the possibility remains of ongoing disruption and restrictions due to COVID-19 which may require that the course be delivered via live virtual format. Please read more here.
Links & Resources
- Is Reinforcement Learning Right for Your AI Problem?, Enterprise AI, July 9, 2021