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DrS: Learning Reusable Dense Rewards for Multi-Stage Tasks

Tongzhou Mu · Minghua Liu · Hao Su

Halle B #199
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Tue 7 May 7:30 a.m. PDT — 9:30 a.m. PDT


The success of many RL techniques heavily relies on human-engineered dense rewards, which typically demands substantial domain expertise and extensive trial and error. In our work, we propose DrS (Dense reward learning from Stages), a novel approach for learning reusable dense rewards for multi-stage tasks in a data-driven manner. By leveraging the stage structures of the task, DrS learns a high-quality dense reward from sparse rewards and demonstrations if given. The learned rewards can be reused in unseen tasks, thus reducing the human effort for reward engineering. Extensive experiments on three physical robot manipulation task families with 1000+ task variants demonstrate that our learned rewards can be reused in unseen tasks, resulting in improved performance and sample efficiency of RL algorithms. The learned rewards even achieve comparable performance to human-engineered rewards on some tasks. See our project page for more details.

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