Delay-Aware Model-Based Reinforcement Learning for Continuous Control

11 May 2020  ·  Baiming Chen, Mengdi Xu, Liang Li, Ding Zhao ·

Action delays degrade the performance of reinforcement learning in many real-world systems. This paper proposes a formal definition of delay-aware Markov Decision Process and proves it can be transformed into standard MDP with augmented states using the Markov reward process. We develop a delay-aware model-based reinforcement learning framework that can incorporate the multi-step delay into the learned system models without learning effort. Experiments with the Gym and MuJoCo platforms show that the proposed delay-aware model-based algorithm is more efficient in training and transferable between systems with various durations of delay compared with off-policy model-free reinforcement learning methods. Codes available at:

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