Meta-CPR: Generalize to Unseen Large Number of Agents with Communication Pattern Recognition Module [article]

Wei-Cheng Tseng, Wei Wei, Da-Cheng Juan, Min Sun
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Designing an effective communication mechanism among agents in reinforcement learning has been a challenging task, especially for real-world applications. The number of agents can grow or an environment sometimes needs to interact with a changing number of agents in real-world scenarios. To this end, a multi-agent framework needs to handle various scenarios of agents, in terms of both scales and dynamics, for being practical to real-world applications. We formulate the multi-agent environment
more » ... th a different number of agents as a multi-tasking problem and propose a meta reinforcement learning (meta-RL) framework to tackle this problem. The proposed framework employs a meta-learned Communication Pattern Recognition (CPR) module to identify communication behavior and extract information that facilitates the training process. Experimental results are poised to demonstrate that the proposed framework (a) generalizes to an unseen larger number of agents and (b) allows the number of agents to change between episodes. The ablation study is also provided to reason the proposed CPR design and show such design is effective.
arXiv:2112.07222v3 fatcat:n5kxpy3rhfhyzotg3shyzdqm2i