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A hierarchical learning architecture with multiple-goal representations based on adaptive dynamic programming

Dept. of Electr., Comput., & Biomed. Eng., Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA
DOI: 10.1109/ICNSC.2010.5461483 Conference: Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC), 2010 International Conference on
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In this paper we propose a hierarchical learning architecture with multiple-goal representations based on adaptive dynamic programming (ADP). The key idea of this architecture is to integrate a reference network to provide the internal reinforcement representation (secondary reinforcement signal) to interact with the operation of the learning system. Such a reference network serves an important role to build the internal goal representations. Furthermore, motivated by recent research in neurobiological and psychology research, the proposed ADP architecture can be designed in a hierarchical way, in which different levels of internal reinforcement signals can be developed to represent multi-level goals for the intelligent system. Detailed system level architecture, learning and adaptation principle, and simulation results are presented in this work to demonstrate the effectiveness of this work.

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