CRISP: Curriculum inducing Primitive Informed Subgoal Prediction for Hierarchical Reinforcement LearningDownload PDF


22 Sept 2022, 12:37 (modified: 11 Nov 2022, 17:30)ICLR 2023 Conference Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning, Inverse Reinforcement Learning, Imitation Learning, Curriculum Learning
TL;DR: We effectively leverage expert demonstrations using our curriculum learning based approach to deal with non-stationarity in the context of hierarchical reinforcement learning.
Abstract: Hierarchical reinforcement learning is a promising approach that uses temporal abstraction to solve complex long horizon problems. However, simultaneously learning a hierarchy of policies is unstable as it is challenging to train higher-level policy when the lower-level primitive is non-stationary. In this paper, we propose to generate a curriculum of achievable subgoals for evolving lower-level primitives using reinforcement learning and imitation learning. The lower level primitive periodically performs data relabeling on a handful of expert demonstrations using our primitive informed parsing method. We derive expressions to bound the sub-optimality of our method and develop a practical algorithm for hierarchical reinforcement learning. Since our approach uses a handful of expert demonstrations, it is suitable for most real world robotic control tasks. Experimental results on complex maze navigation and robotic manipulation environments show that inducing hierarchical curriculum learning significantly improves sample efficiency, and results in better learning of goal conditioned policies in complex temporally extended tasks.
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