16/8, 10:30pm-12:20pm


This tutorial introduce the audience to a new challenge in Game AI. The Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning on MalmO (MARLO) framework and competition builds on top of the Malmo Framework to propose a multi-agent, multi-task challenge, where programmed bots compete and collaborate in several games. This new contest, in a similar way to the General Video Game AI competition, proposes a challenge as a milestone in the direction of Artificial General Intelligence: the agents should be game agnostic and able to take part in multiple different tasks, as well as play with or against a variety of opponent bots. During this tutorial, we will introduce the framework and competition rules, and show how to build agents for this challenge. It will be divided in two parts: first a talk explaining the basics and then a hands-on session where bots can be created. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops for this – hackathon-style -second part of the tutorial. The agents built during this session will run a local competition to determine a winner within the audience. The agents can be created in a language of your choice among the supported ones: Java, C#, Lua, Python or C++. The bots will participate in teams in a range of multi-agent games, featuring challenges like capture the flag, hide and seek, and collaborative construction tasks. This competition, a project between Queen Mary University of London, Microsoft Research and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, has been proposed to be run at NIPS 2018, which will take place between the 3rd – 8th December. Competition submission deadline will be set for October 2018, so the participants will be able to submit their entries to the contest.


Diego Perez-Liebana ( is a Lecturer in Computer Games and Artificial Intelligence at Queen Mary University of London (UK). He achieved a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Essex (2015). He has published in the domain of Game AI, with interests on Reinforcement Learning and Evolutionary Computation. He organized several Game AI competitions, such as the Physical Traveling Salesman Problem and the General Video Game AI competitions, held in IEEE and ACM conferences. He has programming experience in the video games industry with titles published for game consoles and PC.

(The second presenter to be announced)

Information about the current Malmo framework can be found here: