Revisiting Domain Randomization Via Relaxed State-Adversarial Policy OptimizationDownload PDF

Published: 01 Feb 2023, Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023Submitted to ICLR 2023Readers: Everyone
Abstract: Domain randomization (DR) is widely used in reinforcement learning (RL) to bridge the gap between simulation and reality through maximizing its average returns under the perturbation of environmental parameters. Although effective, the methods have two limitations: (1) Even the most complex simulators cannot capture all details in reality due to finite domain parameters and simplified physical models. (2) Previous methods often assume that the distribution of domain parameters is a specific family of probability functions, such as a normal or a uniform distribution, which may not be correct. To enable robust RL via DR without the aforementioned limitations, we rethink DR from the perspective of adversarial state perturbation, without the need for re-configuring the simulator or relying on prior knowledge about the environment. We point out that perturbing agents to the worst states during training is naive and could make the agents over-conservative. Hence, we present a Relaxed State-Adversarial Algorithm to tackle the over-conservatism issue by simultaneously maximizing the average-case and worst-case performance of policies. We compared our method to the state-of-the-art methods for evaluation. Experimental results and theoretical proofs verified the effectiveness of our method.
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