Timezone: »

Characterising the Robustness of Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Control using Disturbance Injection
Catherine Glossop · Jacopo Panerati · Amrit Krishnan · Zhaocong Yuan · Angela Schoellig

Fri Dec 02 07:36 AM -- 07:42 AM (PST) @
Event URL: https://openreview.net/forum?id=IgXOXUVObLB »

In this study, we leverage the deliberate and systematic fault-injection capabilities of an open-source benchmark suite to perform a series of experiments on state-of-the-art deep and robust reinforcement learning algorithms.We aim to benchmark robustness in the context of continuous action spaces---crucial for deployment in robot control.We find that robustness is more prominent for action disturbances than it is for disturbances to observations and dynamics. We also observe that state-of-the-art approaches that are not explicitly designed to improve robustness perform at a level comparable to that achieved by those that are.Our study and results are intended to provide insight into the current state of safe and robust reinforcement learning and a foundation for the advancement of the field, in particular, for deployment in robotic systems.NOTE: We plan to submit a subset of our results in a shorter 4-page version of this paper to the ``NeurIPS 2022 Workshop on Distribution Shifts (DistShift)''. DistShift does NOT have proceedings and will be held on a different date (Dec. 3) than TEA.

Author Information

Catherine Glossop (University of Toronto)
Jacopo Panerati (University of Toronto)
Amrit Krishnan (Vector Institute)
Amrit Krishnan

Hi, I'm Amrit. I work at the Vector Institute based on Toronto. My interests lie in the intersection of health and ML.

Zhaocong Yuan (University of Toronto)

I am a MASc student in RL and Robotics at the University of Toronto, supervised by Prof. Angela Schoellig at Dynamic Systems Lab (DSL), also part of Vector Institute and UofT Robotics Institute. I received my BASc degree from Engineering Science (Robotics), UofT. Before joining DSL, I interned in Apple Siri team in Seattle and Nvidia Toronto AI lab led by Prof. Sanja Fidler. I also spent time as a research student at Data-Driven Decision Making Lab led by Prof. Scott Sanner.

Angela Schoellig (University of Toronto, Vector Institute)

Related Events (a corresponding poster, oral, or spotlight)

More from the Same Authors