Planning to Explore via Self-Supervised World Models
Planning to Explore via Self-Supervised World Models

Ramanan Sekar*
Oleh Rybkin*
Kostas Daniilidis
Pieter Abbeel
UC Berkeley
Danijar Hafner
UofT, Google
Deepak Pathak
* equal contribution
International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), 2020
[GitHub Code]
[Long Talk]

Reinforcement learning allows solving complex tasks, however, the learning tends to be task-specific and the sample efficiency remains a challenge. We present Plan2Explore, a self-supervised reinforcement learning agent that tackles both these challenges through a new approach to self-supervised exploration and fast adaptation to new tasks, which need not be known during exploration. During exploration, unlike prior methods which retrospectively compute the novelty of observations after the agent has already reached them, our agent acts efficiently by leveraging planning to seek out expected future novelty. After exploration, the agent quickly adapts to multiple downstream tasks in a zero or a few-shot manner. We evaluate on challenging control tasks from high-dimensional image inputs. Without any training supervision or task-specific interaction, Plan2Explore outperforms prior self-supervised exploration methods, and in fact, almost matches the performances oracle which has access to rewards.

Planning to Explore

The agent first leverages planning to explore in self-supervised manner, without task-specific rewards, to learn a global world model. After the exploration phase, it receives reward functions to adapt to multiple tasks, such as standing, walking, running, and using either zero or few tasks-specific interactions.

Overview of the Algorithm

Source Code

We have released our implementation in Tensorflow on the github page. Try our code!

In The Media

Youtube Tutorial
Reddit Discussion
Synced Review
TalkRL Podcast

Paper and Bibtex

[Paper] [ArXiv]

Ramanan Sekar, Oleh Rybkin, Kostas Daniilidis, Pieter Abbeel, Danijar Hafner, Deepak Pathak. Planning to Explore via Self-Supervised World Models. ICML 2020.

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    via Self-Supervised World Models},
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    and Kostas Daniilidis and Pieter Abbeel
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