Interaction-Aware Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Mobile Agents with Individual Goals

Interaction-Aware Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Mobile Agents with Individual Goals

Anahita Mohseni-Kabir David Isele Kikuo Fujimura

International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2019

In a multi-agent setting, the optimal policy of a single agent is largely dependent on the behavior of other agents. We investigate the problem of multi-agent reinforcement learning, focusing on decentralized learning in non- stationary domains for mobile robot navigation. We identify a cause for the difficulty in training non-stationary policies: mutual adaptation to sub-optimal behaviors, and we use this to motivate a curriculum-based strategy for learning interactive policies. The curriculum has two stages. First, the agent leverages policy gradient algorithms to learn a policy that is capable of achieving multiple goals. Second, the agent learns a modifier policy to learn how to interact with other agents in a multi-agent setting. We evaluated our approach on both an autonomous driving lane-change domain and a robot navigation domain.

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