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Coached Knowledge Transfer for Deep Reinforcement Learning

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In this project we will work with Prowler.io to radically change the way we currently train and deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents in real-life problems arising from Logistics and Robotics. Inspired by the way humans learn in complex, challenging domains such as sport, we are putting forward a very different approach to Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL). Instead of developing new agents and training them from the ground up for each new problem encountered, this PhD project will develop a reliable framework for knowledge transfer between widely varying tasks. This will then allow us to create an agent “coaching” architecture similar to the way athletes train on a variety of tasks that lead them to mastery of their sport. Our DRL agents will be accumulating their knowledge as they are trained through a specially designed curriculum of tasks, eventually gaining expertise in their target task faster and more reliably than “from scratch” training.
Collaborator: Prowler.io

Further information: https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=R190194

Funding Notes

This studentship provides a maintenance allowance (currently £14,777 per year) and covers tuition fees at the home/EU level. Applicants from outside the EU are welcome but they will need to pay the difference between the home/EU and international fee levels; that difference is currently £12,290/year.

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