Learning to Fly: An Application of Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning, Ryan, M.R.K, Reid M.D., In Proceedings of The Seventeenth International Conference on Machine Learning, San Francisco, California, June 2000.

Hierarchical reinforcement learning promises to be the key to scaling reinforcement learning methods to large, complex, real-world problems. Many theoretical models have been proposed but so far there has been little in the way of empiricalwork published to demonstrate these claims.

In this paper we begin to fill this void by demonstrating the application of the RL-TOPs hierarchical reinforcement learning system to the problem of learning to control and aircraft in a flight simulator. We explain the steps needed to encode the background knowledge for this domain and present experimental data to show the success of this technique.

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Malcolm Ryan - malcolmr@cse.unsw.edu.au
Mark Reid - mreid@cse.unsw.edu.au