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"Primal-Dual Algorithm for Distributed Reinforcement Learning: Distributed GTD2"

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Decision and Control Lab
Apr 25, 2018   3:00 pm  
Donghwan Lee, PhD at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
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Primal-Dual Algorithm for Distributed Reinforcement Learning: Distributed GTD2



The goal of this paper is to study a distributed version of the gradient temporal-difference (GTD) learning algorithm for multi-agent Markov decision processes (MDPs). The temporal-difference (TD) learning is a reinforcement learning (RL) algorithm which learns an infinite horizon discounted cost function (or value function) for a given fixed policy without the model knowledge. In the distributed RL case each agent receives local reward through a local processing. Information exchange over sparse communication network allows the agents to learn the global value function corresponding to a global reward, which is a sum of local rewards. In this paper, the problem is converted into a constrained convex optimization problem with a consensus constraint. Then, we propose a primal-dual distributed GTD algorithm and prove that it almost surely converges to a set of stationary points of the optimization problem.




Donghwan Lee is a postdoctoral researcher hosted by Prof. Naira Hovakimyan in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2017. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of optimization and control theory. His most recent research interests are reinforcement learning and its control applications with human interactions.

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