USARSim group at NIST developed a simulated robot that operated in the Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3) gaming environment. They used a software PID controller to control the robot in UT3 worlds. Unfortunately, the PID controller did not work well, so NIST asked us to develop a better controller using machine learning techniques. In the process, we characterized the software PID controller and the robot’s behavior in UT3 worlds. Using data collected from our simulations, we compared different machine learning techniques including linear regression and reinforcement learning (RL). Finally, we implemented a RL based controller in Matlab and ran it in the UT3 environment via a TCP/IP link between Matlab and UT3.

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