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Contributed Talk
Workshop: Learning by Instruction

Assisted Inverse Reinforcement Learning

Adish Singla · Rati Devidze


We study the problem of inverse reinforcement learning (IRL) with the added twist that the learner is assisted by a helpful teacher. More formally, we tackle the following algorithmic question: How could a teacher provide an informative sequence of demonstrations to an IRL agent to speed up the learning process? We prove rigorous convergence guarantees of a new iterative teaching algorithm that adaptively chooses demonstrations based on the learner’s current performance. Extensive experiments with a car driving simulator environment show that the learning progress can be speeded up drastically as compared to an uninformative teacher.

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