Recent years have seen rapid progress in meta-learning methods, which learn (and optimize) the performance of learning methods based on data, generate new learning methods from scratch, and learn to transfer knowledge across tasks and domains. Meta-learning can be seen as the logical conclusion of the arc that machine learning has undergone in the last decade, from learning classifiers, to learning representations, and finally to learning algorithms that themselves acquire representations and classifiers. The ability to improve one’s own learning capabilities through experience can also be viewed as a hallmark of intelligent beings, and there are strong connections with work on human learning in neuroscience.

Meta-learning methods are also of substantial practical interest, since they have, e.g., been shown to yield new state-of-the-art automated machine learning methods, novel deep learning architectures, and substantially improved one-shot learning systems.

Some of the fundamental questions that this workshop aims to address are:

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from all the different communities and topics that fall under the umbrella of meta-learning. We expect that the presence of these different communities will result in a fruitful exchange of ideas and stimulate an open discussion about the current challenges in meta-learning, as well as possible solutions.

In terms of prospective participants, our main targets are machine learning researchers interested in the processes related to understanding and improving current meta-learning algorithms. Specific target communities within machine learning include, but are not limited to: meta-learning, AutoML, reinforcement learning, deep learning, optimization, evolutionary computation, and Bayesian optimization. Our invited speakers also include researchers who study human learning, to provide a broad perspective to the attendees.

Invited Speakers

Invited Panelists



Important dates



09:00 Introduction and opening remarks
09:10 Invited talk 1
09:40 Poster spotlights 1
10:00 Poster session 1
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Invited talk 2
11:30 Poster session 2
12:00 Lunch break
13:30 Invited talk 3
14:00 Invited talk 4
14:30 Poster spotlights 2
14:50 Poster session 3
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Poster session 4
16:00 Invited talk 5
16:30 Contributed talk 1
16:45 Contributed talk 2
17:00 Panel discussion
18:00 End

Invited Talks

Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley, Covariant)

David Abel (Brown University)

Jeff Clune (/University of Wyoming, Uber AI)

Erin Grant (UC Berkeley)

Raia Hadsell (DeepMind)

Brenden Lake (NYU, Facebook)

Spotlights 1 (and Poster Sessions 1 & 2)

Spotlights 2 (and Poster Sessions 3 & 4)

Submission Instructions



  1. Can supplementary material be added beyond the 4-page limit and are there any restrictions on it?

    Yes, you may include additional supplementary material, but we ask that it be limited to a reasonable amount (max 10 pages in addition to the main submission) and that it follow the same NeurIPS format as the paper.

  2. Can a submission to this workshop be submitted to another NeurIPS workshop in parallel?

    We discourage this, as it leads to more work for reviewers across multiple workshops. Our suggestion is to pick one workshop to submit to.

  3. If a submission is accepted, is it possible for all authors of the accepted paper to receive a chance to register?

    We cannot confirm this yet, but it is most likely that we will have at most one registration to offer per accepted paper.

  4. Can a paper be submitted to the workshop that has already appeared at a previous conference with published proceedings?

    We won’t be accepting such submissions unless they have been adapted to contain significantly new results (where novelty is one of the qualities reviewers will be asked to evaluate).

Accepted Abstracts

Program Committee

Past workshops

Workshop on Meta-Learning (MetaLearn 2017) @ NeurIPS 2017

Workshop on Meta-Learning (MetaLearn 2018) @ NeurIPS 2018


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