Train DDPG Agent to Control Flying Robot
This example shows how to train a deep deterministic policy gradient (DDPG) agent to generate trajectories for a flying robot modeled in Simulink®. For more information on DDPG agents, see Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (DDPG) Agents.
Flying Robot Model
The reinforcement learning environment for this example is a flying robot with its initial condition randomized around a ring of radius
15 m. The orientation of the robot is also randomized. The robot has two thrusters mounted on the side of the body that are used to propel and steer the robot. The training goal is to drive the robot from its initial condition to the origin facing east.
Open the model.
mdl = 'rlFlyingRobotEnv'; open_system(mdl)
Set the initial model state variables.
theta0 = 0; x0 = -15; y0 = 0;
Define the sample time
Ts and the simulation duration
Ts = 0.4; Tf = 30;
For this model:
The goal orientation is
0rad (robot facing east).
The thrust from each actuator is bounded from
The observations from the environment are the position, orientation (sine and cosine of orientation), velocity, and angular velocity of the robot.
The reward provided at every time step is
is the position of the robot along the x-axis.
is the position of the robot along the y-axis.
is the orientation of the robot.
is the control effort from the left thruster.
is the control effort from the right thruster.
is the reward when the robot is close to the goal.
is the penalty when the robot drives beyond
20m in either the x or y direction. The simulation is terminated when .
is a QR penalty that penalizes distance from the goal and control effort.
Create Integrated Model
To train an agent for the
FlyingRobotEnv model, use the
createIntegratedEnv function to automatically generate an integrated model with the RL Agent block that is ready for training.
integratedMdl = 'IntegratedFlyingRobot'; [~,agentBlk,observationInfo,actionInfo] = createIntegratedEnv(mdl,integratedMdl);
Actions and Observations
Before creating the environment object, specify names for the observation and action specifications, and bound the thrust actions between
The observation signals for this environment are .
numObs = prod(observationInfo.Dimension); observationInfo.Name = 'observations';
The action signals for this environment are .
numAct = prod(actionInfo.Dimension); actionInfo.LowerLimit = -ones(numAct,1); actionInfo.UpperLimit = ones(numAct,1); actionInfo.Name = 'thrusts';
Create Environment Interface
Create an environment interface for the flying robot using the integrated model.
env = rlSimulinkEnv(integratedMdl,agentBlk,observationInfo,actionInfo);
Create a custom reset function that randomizes the initial position of the robot along a ring of radius
15 m and the initial orientation. For details on the reset function, see
env.ResetFcn = @(in) flyingRobotResetFcn(in);
Fix the random generator seed for reproducibility.
Create DDPG agent
A DDPG agent approximates the long-term reward given observations and actions by using a critic value function representation. To create the critic, first create a deep neural network with two inputs (the observation and action) and one output. For more information on creating a neural network value function representation, see Create Policies and Value Functions.
% Specify the number of outputs for the hidden layers. hiddenLayerSize = 100; observationPath = [ featureInputLayer(numObs,'Normalization','none','Name','observation') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc1') reluLayer('Name','relu1') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc2') additionLayer(2,'Name','add') reluLayer('Name','relu2') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc3') reluLayer('Name','relu3') fullyConnectedLayer(1,'Name','fc4')]; actionPath = [ featureInputLayer(numAct,'Normalization','none','Name','action') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc5')]; % Create the layer graph. criticNetwork = layerGraph(observationPath); criticNetwork = addLayers(criticNetwork,actionPath); % Connect actionPath to observationPath. criticNetwork = connectLayers(criticNetwork,'fc5','add/in2'); % Create dlnetwork from layer graph criticNetwork = dlnetwork(criticNetwork);
Specify options for the critic using
criticOptions = rlOptimizerOptions('LearnRate',1e-03,'GradientThreshold',1);
Create the critic representation using the specified neural network and options. You must also specify the action and observation specification for the critic. For more information, see
critic = rlQValueFunction(criticNetwork,observationInfo,actionInfo,... 'ObservationInputNames','observation','ActionInputNames','action');
A DDPG agent decides which action to take given observations by using an actor representation. To create the actor, first create a deep neural network with one input (the observation) and one output (the action).
Construct the actor similarly to the critic. For more information, see
actorNetwork = [ featureInputLayer(numObs,'Normalization','none','Name','observation') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc1') reluLayer('Name','relu1') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc2') reluLayer('Name','relu2') fullyConnectedLayer(hiddenLayerSize,'Name','fc3') reluLayer('Name','relu3') fullyConnectedLayer(numAct,'Name','fc4') tanhLayer('Name','tanh1')]; actorNetwork = dlnetwork(actorNetwork); actorOptions = rlOptimizerOptions('LearnRate',1e-04,'GradientThreshold',1); actor = rlContinuousDeterministicActor(actorNetwork,observationInfo,actionInfo);
To create the DDPG agent, first specify the DDPG agent options using
agentOptions = rlDDPGAgentOptions(... 'SampleTime',Ts,... 'ActorOptimizerOptions',actorOptions,... 'CriticOptimizerOptions',criticOptions,... 'ExperienceBufferLength',1e6 ,... 'MiniBatchSize',256); agentOptions.NoiseOptions.Variance = 1e-1; agentOptions.NoiseOptions.VarianceDecayRate = 1e-6;
Then, create the agent using the specified actor representation, critic representation, and agent options. For more information, see
agent = rlDDPGAgent(actor,critic,agentOptions);
To train the agent, first specify the training options. For this example, use the following options:
Run each training for at most
20000episodes, with each episode lasting at most
Display the training progress in the Episode Manager dialog box (set the
Plotsoption) and disable the command line display (set the
Stop training when the agent receives an average cumulative reward greater than
415over 10 consecutive episodes. At this point, the agent can drive the flying robot to the goal position.
Save a copy of the agent for each episode where the cumulative reward is greater than
For more information, see
maxepisodes = 20000; maxsteps = ceil(Tf/Ts); trainingOptions = rlTrainingOptions(... 'MaxEpisodes',maxepisodes,... 'MaxStepsPerEpisode',maxsteps,... 'StopOnError',"on",... 'Verbose',false,... 'Plots',"training-progress",... 'StopTrainingCriteria',"AverageReward",... 'StopTrainingValue',415,... 'ScoreAveragingWindowLength',10,... 'SaveAgentCriteria',"EpisodeReward",... 'SaveAgentValue',415);
Train the agent using the
train function. Training is a computationally intensive process that takes several hours to complete. To save time while running this example, load a pretrained agent by setting
false. To train the agent yourself, set
doTraining = false; if doTraining % Train the agent. trainingStats = train(agent,env,trainingOptions); else % Load the pretrained agent for the example. load('FlyingRobotDDPG.mat','agent') end
Simulate DDPG Agent
simOptions = rlSimulationOptions('MaxSteps',maxsteps); experience = sim(env,agent,simOptions);