Second Max Planck ETH Workshop on Learning Control
8/9 Febuary 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

After a successful first edition in 2015, we are pleased to announce the second workshop on Learning Control within the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems. The workshop will take place February 8-9 2018 at ETH Zurich. We cordially invite all researchers from ETH Zürich and MPI-IS interested in the area of Learning Control to participate and actively contribute to this workshop.

Aims and Scope

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from ETH Zürich and MPI-IS working in the area of Learning Control in order to create and grow a community of interest within the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems. The workshop will provide a platform to exchange ideas, present current research, discuss challenges for Learning Control, and initiate future research collaborations within the Center.

The topic and scope of this workshop is Learning Control. Albeit not uniquely defined, we understand Learning Control as the rather broad research area that lies at the intersection of Machine Learning and Automatic Control. This includes, but is not limited to reinforcement learning, machine learning for control, data-driven control, adaptive control, dual control, online learning, active learning for control, model learning, and applications of learning control.

The workshop is open to all researchers from MPI-IS and ETH. We seek to create an informal atmosphere to foster open discussions and exchange of ideas.


All participants are asked to submit a maximum one page abstract detailing their research interests. In addition to presenting research results in the area of Learning Control, we encourage participants to also include open research questions, early ideas, or any topic that can lead to interesting and fruitful discussions in this exciting area.

Submissions will be briefly reviewed to ensure adequacy with the scope of the workshop. A few submissions will be selected for short plenary presentation. All other accepted submissions will be presented in interactive poster format.


In addition to interactive presentations and short talks by the participants, there will be invited keynote talks, as well as social events with ample room for discussions and informal interactions.

More information on the program is coming here soon.

Costs & logistics

Cost related to participating in this workshop (accommodation, travel from Stuttgart/Tuebingen, meals) will be covered for those participants who are working with a Member or Associated Member of the CLS and who are accepted to the workshop.

More information on accommodation, travel, etc. will follow soon.

Workshop location

ETH Zurich


  • Beginning of November 2017 - Registration/abstract submission opens (registration through website below)
  • 1 December 2017 - Registration and abstract submission deadline
  • Mid-December 2017 - Notification of acceptance/presentation format
  • 8 February 2018 (around noon) - Workshop starts
  • 9 February 2018 (early evening) - Workshop ends



Sebastian Trimpe

MPI-IS, Autonomous Motion Department

Melanie Zeilinger

ETH Zürich, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control

Georg Martius

MPI-IS, Autonomous Learning Group

Magdalena Seebauer

Learning Systems Scientific Coordination