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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsStudent ThesesApplication of Deep Neural Networks for Decision Making in First-person Shooter

Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Andrei Kashin
Application of Deep Neural Networks for Decision Making in First-person Shooter
Data Science
(Master’s programme)
8
2017
Reinforecement learning is the promising machine learning area that aims to solve hard

real-world control tasks, through automatic learning from experience and rewards.

This promise, though, comes with the unique challenges from the algorithmic and

optimization perspective, often very different from the ones faced by supervised learning

techniques. Moreover, the training procedure now involves multiple components such as

environments, agents and learners. Choosing the efficient architecture for training this

components in tandem while ensuring the best software and hardware performance can

be difficult. In this work we develop one such architecture that is able to leverage

hybrid CPU/GPU systems to train a reinforcement learning agent based on Q-learning.

We compare our implementation with DQN on benchmark tasks from Atari and VizDoom simulator

and show that it achieves faster training speed and better hardware utilization.

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