ICLR 2020 CM3

CM3: Cooperative Multi-goal Multi-stage Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning

Jiachen Yang Alireza Nakhaei David Isele Kikuo Fujimura and Hongyuan Zha

International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) 2020

A variety of cooperative multi-agent control problems require agents to achieve individual goals while contributing to collective success. This multi-goal multiagent setting poses difficulties for recent algorithms, which primarily target settings with a single global reward, due to two new challenges: efficient exploration for learning both individual goal attainment and cooperation for others’ success, and credit-assignment for interactions between actions and goals of different agents. To address both challenges, we restructure the problem into a novel two-stage curriculum, in which single-agent goal attainment is learned prior to learning multi-agent cooperation, and we derive a new multi-goal multi-agent policy gradient with a credit function for localized credit assignment. We use a function augmentation scheme to bridge value and policy functions across the curriculum. The complete architecture, called CM3, learns significantly faster than direct adaptations of existing algorithms on three challenging multi-goal multi-agent problems: cooperative navigation in difficult formations, negotiating multi-vehicle lane changes in the SUMO traffic simulator, and strategic cooperation in a Checkers environment.

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