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2023, 17th International Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning, Pages -

Visual reward machines (04b Atto di convegno in volume)

Umili Elena, Argenziano Francesco, Barbin Aymeric, Capobianco Roberto

Non-markovian Reinforcement Learning (RL) tasks are extremely hard to solve, because intelligent agents must consider the entire history of state-action pairs to act rationally in the environment. Most works use Linear Temporal Logic (LTL) to specify temporally-extended tasks. This approach applies only in finite and discrete state environments or continuous problems for which a mapping between the continuous state and a symbolic interpretation is known as a symbol grounding function. In this work, we define Visual Reward Machines (VRM), an automata-based neurosymbolic framework that can be used for both reasoning and learning in non-symbolic non-markovian RL domains. VRM is a fully neural but interpretable system, that is based on the probabilistic relaxation of Moore Machines. Results show that VRMs can exploit ungrounded symbolic temporal knowledge to outperform baseline methods based on RNNs in non-markovian RL tasks.
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