Reinforcement Learning with Random DelaysDownload PDF

Sep 28, 2020 (edited Mar 15, 2021)ICLR 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: Reinforcement Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Abstract: Action and observation delays commonly occur in many Reinforcement Learning applications, such as remote control scenarios. We study the anatomy of randomly delayed environments, and show that partially resampling trajectory fragments in hindsight allows for off-policy multi-step value estimation. We apply this principle to derive Delay-Correcting Actor-Critic (DCAC), an algorithm based on Soft Actor-Critic with significantly better performance in environments with delays. This is shown theoretically and also demonstrated practically on a delay-augmented version of the MuJoCo continuous control benchmark.
  • One-sentence Summary: We propose a framework for Reinforcement Learning with random action and observation delays.
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