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Combining Local and Global Direct Derivative-Free Optimization for Reinforcement Learning


We consider the problem of optimization in policy space for reinforcement learning. While a plethora of methods have been applied to this problem, only a narrow category of them proved feasible in robotics. We consider the peculiar characteristics of reinforcement learning in robotics, and devise a combination of two algorithms from the literature of derivative-free optimization. The proposed combination is well suited for robotics, as it involves both off-line learning in simulation and on-line learning in the real environment. We demonstrate our approach on a real-world task, where an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle has to survey a target area under potentially unknown environment conditions. We start from a given controller, which can perform the task under foreseeable conditions, and make it adaptive to the actual environment.

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Computer Sciences, Information Technology