Schedule

8:30 am to 8:40 am - Opening Remarks

8:40 am to 9:20 am - Invited Talk:
Humans and models as embodied dialogue agents in text-based games, Jason Weston (FAIR)

9:20 am to 9:50 am - Contributed Talk:
Playing Text-Adventure Games with Graph-Based Deep Reinforcement LearningPrithviraj Ammanabrolu (Georgia Tech)

9:40 am to 10:20 am - Invited Talk:
Why Are Words so Dang Hard? Fundamental Challenges in Language-based Games, Nancy Fulda (BYU)

10:20 am to 11:00 am - Coffee Break

11:00 am to 11:20 am - Contributed Talk:
Towards Solving Text-based Games by Producing Adaptive Action Spaces, David Tao (McGill)

11:20 am to 12:00 am - Invited Talk:
How Players Speak to an Intelligent Game Character Using Natural Language Messages, Katja Hofmann (MSR)

12:00 am to 1:20 pm - Lunch

1:20 pm to 2:00 pm - Invited Talk:
BabyAI: First Steps Towards Grounded Language Learning With a Human In the Loop, Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert (MILA)

2:00 pm to 2:20 pm - Contributed Talk:
Solving Interactive Fiction Games: A Colossal AdventureMatthew Hausknecht (MSR)

2:20 pm to 3:00 pm - Invited Talk:
Harnessing the synergy between natural language and interactive learning, Karthik Narasimhan (Princeton)

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Coffee Break

3:30 pm to 4:10 pm - Panel Discussion:
On the role of text-based games for language learning and RL

4:10 pm to 4:50 pm - Invited Talk:
Hierarchical reinforcement learning for composite-task dialogues, Lihong Li (Google AI)

4:50 pm to 5:10 pm - Announcement:
Introducing "First TextWorld Problems": a text-based game competition, Marc-Alexandre Côté (MSR)

5:10 pm to 5:20 pm - Closing Remarks