Learned ES Accepted @ICLR 2023 🧑‍🔬


My DeepMind internship project paper ‘Discovering Evolution Strategies via Meta-Black-Box-Optimization’ got accepted at ICLR 2023. We parametrize the set operation of recombination in ES via a small self-attention layer and meta-learn its weights on a task distribution. The resulting learned ES outperforms several baselines on control tasks. It can be even meta-trained in a self-referential fashion and reverse engineered into an analytical ES!

Check out the preprint and Open Review discussion.