Learning to Play Soccer by Reinforcement and Applying Sim-to-Real to Compete in the Real World

Time: Wednesday 22-April-2020 16:00 (This is a past event.)

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Motivation / Abstract
This work presents an application of Reinforcement Learning (RL) for the complete control of real soccer robots of the IEEE Very Small Size Soccer (VSSS), a traditional league in the Latin American Robotics Competition (LARC). In the VSSS league, two teams of three small robots play against each other. We propose a simulated environment in which continuous or discrete control policies can be trained, and a Sim-to-Real method to allow using the obtained policies to control a robot in the real world. The results show that the learned policies display a broad repertoire of behaviors that are difficult to specify by hand. This approach, called VSSS-RL, was able to beat the human-designed policy for the striker of the team ranked 3rd place in the 2018 LARC, in 1-vs-1 matches.
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