Summer Bootcamp at Kellogg: RL in Operations

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

This four-day workshop will showcase frontiers in the application of reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms to topics central to operations.

Day one will be spent getting everyone up to speed on the basics. Each of the subsequent three days will be devoted to specific applications of RL in operations problems. The mornings will be devoted to the theory behind a particular application followed by interactive lab sessions in the afternoons, where participants will have the opportunity to code up the algorithms themselves. The target audience is intended to be a researcher in operations with little to no experience in actually coding and implementing the RL algorithms.

August 15-18, 2022

Please contact Emily Foley with questions about the bootcamp.

Emily Foley
Department Manager
Kellogg MEDS/OPNS Department


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
Upon arriving to campus, park at either the North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive) or South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive). The North Campus Parking Garage is closer to the Global Hub. The daily parking fee is $8.25.

Where to Stay

We recommend the following hotels, all located in Evanston near campus and the Kellogg Global Hub.

Hilton Garden Inn The Hilton
1818 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847.475.6400 or 1.877.STAYHGI

Hilton Orrington/Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 888.677.4648

Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston
1515 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847.864.2300

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) maintains an extensive system of elevated trains (also known as “the L”) and buses throughout Chicago and Evanston. The train stop closest to Kellogg is the Purple Line Foster stop on Church and Davis Streets. The 201 bus departs from the Howard St. terminal and stops on the corner of Foster and Sheridan.

Be advised, while inexpensive, taking the CTA from the airport can take up to 90 minutes and requires transferring trains.


Anton Braverman

Assistant Professor of Operations

Anton Braverman joined the Operations group at Kellogg in 2017. He completed his PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Toronto. Anton's research is focused on stochastic modelling and applied probability. Some application domains of interest include ridesharing services, as well as healthcare operations.