PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Reinforcement learning with reference tracking control in continuous state spaces
Joseph Hall, Carl Edward Rasmussen and Jan Maciejowski
In: 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference(2011).


The contribution described in this paper is an algorithm for learning nonlinear, reference tracking, control policies given no prior knowledge of the dynamical system and limited interaction with the system through the learning process. Concepts from the field of reinforcement learning, Bayesian statistics and classical control have been brought together in the formulation of this algorithm which can be viewed as a form of indirect self tuning regulator. On the task of reference tracking using a simulated inverted pendulum it was shown to yield generally improved performance on the best controller derived from the standard linear quadratic method using only 30 s of total interaction with the system. Finally, the algorithm was shown to work on the simulated double pendulum proving its ability to solve nontrivial control tasks.

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EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Computational, Information-Theoretic Learning with Statistics
Learning/Statistics & Optimisation
Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:8443
Deposited By:Carl Edward Rasmussen
Deposited On:08 January 2012