Adapt-to-Learn: Policy Transfer in Reinforcement Learning

Sep 25, 2019 Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • TL;DR: In this paper, we present an architecture for adapting the policies learned from one RL domain to another.
  • Abstract: Efficient and robust policy transfer remains a key challenge in reinforcement learning. Policy transfer through warm initialization, imitation, or interacting over a large set of agents with randomized instances, have been commonly applied to solve a variety of Reinforcement Learning (RL) tasks. However, this is far from how behavior transfer happens in the biological world: Humans and animals are able to quickly adapt the learned behaviors between similar tasks and learn new skills when presented with new situations. Here we seek to answer the question: Will learning to combine adaptation reward with environmental reward lead to a more efficient transfer of policies between domains? We introduce a principled mechanism that can \textbf{``Adapt-to-Learn"}, that is adapt the source policy to learn to solve a target task with significant transition differences and uncertainties. We show through theory and experiments that our method leads to a significantly reduced sample complexity of transferring the policies between the tasks.
  • Keywords: Transfer Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Adaptation
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