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Behavioral Priors and Dynamics Models: Improving Performance and Domain Transfer in Offline RL
Catherine Cang · Aravind Rajeswaran · Pieter Abbeel · Misha Laskin
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Offline Reinforcement Learning (RL) aims to extract near-optimal policies from imperfect offline data without additional environment interactions. Extracting policies from diverse offline datasets has the potential to expand the range of applicability of RL by making the training process safer, faster, and more streamlined. We investigate how to improve the performance of offline RL algorithms, its robustness to the quality of offline data, as well as its generalization capabilities. To this end, we introduce Offline Model-based RL with Adaptive Behavioral Priors (MABE). Our algorithm is based on the finding that dynamics models, which support within-domain generalization, and behavioral priors, which support cross-domain generalization, are complementary. When combined together, they substantially improve the performance and generalization of offline RL policies. In the widely studied D4RL offline RL benchmark, we find that MABE achieves higher average performance compared to prior model-free and model-based algorithms. In experiments that require cross-domain generalization, we find that MABE outperforms prior methods.

Author Information

Catherine Cang (University of California Berkeley)
Aravind Rajeswaran (FAIR / Facebook AI Research)
Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley & Covariant)

Pieter Abbeel is Professor and Director of the Robot Learning Lab at UC Berkeley [2008- ], Co-Director of the Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) Lab, Co-Founder of covariant.ai [2017- ], Co-Founder of Gradescope [2014- ], Advisor to OpenAI, Founding Faculty Partner AI@TheHouse venture fund, Advisor to many AI/Robotics start-ups. He works in machine learning and robotics. In particular his research focuses on making robots learn from people (apprenticeship learning), how to make robots learn through their own trial and error (reinforcement learning), and how to speed up skill acquisition through learning-to-learn (meta-learning). His robots have learned advanced helicopter aerobatics, knot-tying, basic assembly, organizing laundry, locomotion, and vision-based robotic manipulation. He has won numerous awards, including best paper awards at ICML, NIPS and ICRA, early career awards from NSF, Darpa, ONR, AFOSR, Sloan, TR35, IEEE, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Pieter's work is frequently featured in the popular press, including New York Times, BBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Forbes, Tech Review, NPR.

Misha Laskin (UC Berkeley)

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