Tractable Large-Scale Deep Reinforcement Learning
12 Pages Posted: 27 May 2022
Date Written: October 15, 2021
Reinforcement learning (RL) has emerged as one of the most promising and powerful techniques in deep learning. The training of intelligent agents requires a myriad of training examples which imposes a substantial computational cost. Consequently, RL is seldom applied to real-world problems and historically has been limited to computer vision tasks, similar to supervised learning. This work proposes an RL framework for complex, partially observable, large-scale environments. We introduce novel techniques for tractable training on commodity GPUs, and significantly reduce computational costs. Furthermore, we present a self-supervised loss that improves the learning stability in applications with a long-time horizon, shortening the training time. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed solution on the application of road extraction from high-resolution satellite images. We present experiments on satellite images of fifteen cities that demonstrate comparable performance to state-of-the-art methods. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time RL has been applied for extracting road networks. The code is publicly available at: https://github.com/nsarang/road-extraction-rl.
Keywords: Deep Reinforcement Learning, road extraction
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