GROOT: Learning to Follow Instructions by Watching Gameplay Videos

Published: 03 Nov 2023, Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023GCRL WorkshopEveryoneRevisionsBibTeX
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Keywords: Reinforcement Learning, Minecraft, Open World, Learning from observations
TL;DR: We develop an agent that learns to follow open-ended instructions by purely watching gameplay videos.
Abstract: We study the problem of building a controller that can follow open-ended instructions in open-world environments. We propose to follow reference videos as instructions, which offer expressive goal specifications while eliminating the need for expensive text-gameplay annotations. A new learning framework is derived to allow learning such instruction-following controllers from gameplay videos while producing a video instruction encoder that induces a structured goal space. We implement our agent GROOT in a simple yet effective encoder-decoder architecture based on causal transformers. We evaluate GROOT against open-world counterparts and human players on a proposed Minecraft SkillForge benchmark. The Elo ratings clearly show that GROOT is closing the human-machine gap as well as exhibiting a 70% winning rate over the best generalist agent baseline. Qualitative analysis of the induced goal space further demonstrates some interesting emergent properties, including the goal composition and complex gameplay behavior synthesis.
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Submission Number: 27