This page contains some news. This is by no means comprehensive. For more thorough descriptions, check the yearly report of activities.

Beyond 2020, please visit the website of our renewed team Scool.

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PhD and HdR defenses
Yearly reports of activites


  • Nov. 1st: SequeL is finished; Scool is born.
  • Oct 31st: last day of existence of SequeL.
  • Oct 30th: Édouard Laurent defends his PhD: he is the last SequeL Phd!
  • NeurIPS decisions have flown: SequeL has 6 papers accepted at NeurIPS this year. Édouard Laurent will give an oral presentation for his paper with O-A. Maillard and D. Efimov.
  • May 19th: Guillaume Gautier defends his PhD.
  • Jan 28th: Florian Strub defends his PhD.
  • Jan: Associate Team Data Collection for Smart Crop Management is accepted for funding from Inria. This is a joint project with Fun, and Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, India. Managed by Philippe Preux.




  • Julien Seznec, our PhD student publishes an article in Les Echos that discusses ML for education.
  • CNRS publishes a French article about zonotope sampling presented at ICML.
  • Daniele Calandriello and Julien Perolat defend their PhD on Dec. 18th
  • Marc Abeille defends his PhD on Dec 13th
  • Pratik Gajane defends his PhD on Nov. 14th
  • Guesswhat?! demonstrated at the 50th Inria anniversary
  • 9 papers accepted at NIPS 2017: see you in Long Beach!
  • Équipes associeés Nord-Europeénnes 2017 led by Michal Valko was accepted to work with the team of Alexandra Carpentier on the project on Adaptive allocation of resources for recommender systems (acronym: Allocate)
  • SequeL has 6 papers accepted at ICML 2017
  • GuessWhat!: computers learn to talk
  • SequeL has one spot-light presentation at CVPR 2017 (selection rate for spotlight is 5%)
  • SequeL displays a strong presence at AI&Stats 2017, presenting 6 papers this year.
  • Alessandro Lazaric interviewed on machine learning driven e-learning
  • On Jan 1st, Matteo Pirotta joins the group as a post-doc, working on the ANR ExtraLearn project


  • Frédéric Guillou defends his PhD on Dec. 2nd
  • On Dec 1st, Ralph Bourdoukan joins the group as a post-doc
  • Tomáš Kocák defends his PhD on Nov. 28th
  • On Nov. 1st, James Ridgway joins the group as a post-doc
  • Odalric-Ambrym Maillard moves from Saclay to SequeL, bringing with him is brand new ANR JCJC Badass.
  • June 2016: Michal Valko defends his habilitation à diriger les recherches
  • April, 2016: Alessandro Lazaric is an invited speaker at DALI 2016
  • January 11-12th, 2016: Emilie Kaufmann and Michal Valko were invited speakers at Multi-armed Bandit Workshop
  • H2020 project Babyrobot accepted for funding.


  • December 14th, 2015: Marta Soare defends her PhD
  • November 24th, 2015: Jérémie Mary defends his HDR
  • November, 2015: Nuukik awarded after its succesfull collaboration with Jérémie Mary, and SequeL
  • Chist-Era IGLU accepted for funding. Partners are University of Sheerbrooke (Canada, coordinator), University of Mons (Belium), Inria (France), University of Lille (France), KTH (sweden), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).
  • November 2015: Émilie Kaufmann joins SequeL as CNRS junior researcher
  • October 2015: Christos Dimitrakakis joins SequeL as assistant professor
  • September 2015: Bilal Piot joins SequeL as assistant professor
  • June 24th, 2015: ICML is closing in: Lille, center of the ML world!
  • Check the binaire blog on Le Monde website (in French) “L’apprentissage automatique : pas à pas
  • May 2015: in press: Michal Valko explains why he teaches machine learning at École Normale Supérieure
  • May 2015: Victor Gabillon (former PhD student in SequeL) and Bilal Piot (currently post-doc in SequeL) are both ranked 2nd at the Artificial Intelligence French Association (AFIA) price.
  • February 1st, 2015: SequeL has been officially renewed for a new period of 4 years. This third period of life of SequeL begins on Feb 1st, 2015 and lasts until December 31st, 2018. At that time, SequeL will end as an INRIA team-project.
  • January 2015:
    • researcher positions at INRIA are open. 3 CR positions available in Lille.
    • 3 assistant professor positions open at the university possibly in relation with SequeL
    • Engineer position for a contract of 3 years.
    • Post-doc and PhD
  • Jan, 2015: associate team EduBand with CMU, Pittsburgh, led by Alessandro Lazaric, is accepted for 3 years from now on.






  • Nov 26th 2010: Sébastien Bubeck has been ranked 2nd for the 2010 Gilles Kahn award (best PhD in computer science)
  • starting Sep. 14th 2010, Peter Auer visits SequeL during 10 days
  • The cover of the July 2010 Pour la Science magazine advertize Rémi Coulom’s paper about ranking in games and sports
  • Sébastien Bubeck defends his PhD on June 10th, 2010 at the ENS-Ulm. He is the first student to defend a PhD in SequeL.
  • Laszlo Gyorfi visits us on March 19th.
  • from Feb 4th to Feb 11th, 2010, Boris Ryabko is visiting SequeL during 10 days
  • V. Gabillon, J. Mary, and Ph. Preux received the best paper award at the 10e Extraction, Gestion des Connaissances (EGC) for their paper “Affichage de publicités sur des portails web”


  • S. Bubeck receives the best student paper award at COLT’2009.


  • Fall 2008: R. Coulom’s Crazy Stone wins against a human expert
  • Sep 2008: Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS) at Île de Ré, organized by M. Davy and J. Mary
  • June-July 2008: SequeL organizes the 8th European Workshop on Reinforcement Learning
  • Jan 2008: creation of the Predict & Control spin-off by P-A. Coquelin


  • 2007: R. Coulom’s Crazy Stone becomes a valuable opponent for a human being at the 19×19 Go game. He is awarded with silver medal.
  • Jul 1st, 2007: SequeL is officially created as an INRIA team-project.


  • Apr 3rd, 2006: SequeL is created as an INRIA team, located in Lille.


  • Spring 2005: M. Davy, R. Munos, Ph. Preux meet and begin to talk about creating SequeL.

PhD and HdR defenses

Yearly reports of activities

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