Learning Complementary Multiagent Behaviors: A Case Study (2009)
As machine learning is applied to increasingly complex tasks, it is likely that the diverse challenges encountered can only be addressed by combining the strengths of different learning algorithms. We examine this aspect of learning through a case study grounded in the robot soccer context. The task we consider is Keepaway, a popular benchmark for multiagent reinforcement learning from the simulation soccer domain. Whereas previous successful results in Keepaway have limited learning to an isolated, infrequent decision that amounts to a turn-taking behavior (passing), we expand the agents' learning capability to include a much more ubiquitous action (moving without the ball, or getting open), such that at any given time, multiple agents are executing learned behaviors simultaneously. We introduce a policy search method for learning ``GetOpen'' to complement the temporal difference learning approach employed for learning ``Pass''. Empirical results indicate that the learned GetOpen policy matches the best hand-coded policy for this task, and outperforms the best policy found when Pass is learned. We demonstrate that Pass and GetOpen can be learned simultaneously to realize tightly-coupled soccer team behavior.
In Proceedings of the RoboCup International Symposium 2009 2009. Springer Verlag.

Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan Ph.D. Alumni shivaram [at] cs utexas edu
Peter Stone Faculty pstone [at] cs utexas edu