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Workshop: Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop

Multi-Source Transfer Learning for Deep Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Remo Sasso · Matthia Sabatelli · Marco Wiering


A crucial challenge in reinforcement learning is to reduce the number of interactions with the environment that an agent requires to master a given task. Transfer learning proposes to address this issue by re-using knowledge from previously learned tasks. However, determining which source task qualifies as optimal for knowledge extraction, as well as the choice regarding which algorithm components to transfer, represent severe obstacles to its application in reinforcement learning. The goal of this paper is to alleviate these issues with modular multi-source transfer learning techniques. Our proposed methodologies automatically learn how to extract useful information from source tasks, regardless of the difference in state-action space and reward function. We support our claims with extensive and challenging cross-domain experiments for visual control.

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