Argumentation accelerated reinforcement learning for cooperative multi-agent systems

Yang Gao, Francesca Toni

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Multi-Agent Learning is a complex problem, especially in real-time systems. We address this problem by introducing Argumentation Accelerated Reinforcement Learning (AARL), which provides a methodology for defining heuristics, represented by arguments, and incorporates these heuristics into Reinforcement Learning (RL) by using reward shaping. We define AARL via argumentation and prove that it can coordinate independent cooperative agents that have a shared goal but need to perform different actions. We test AARL empirically in a popular RL testbed, RoboCup Takeaway, and show that it significantly improves upon standard RL.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECAI'14 Proceedings of the Twenty-first European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-418-3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2014

Cite this