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A mobile robot is presented which uses reinforcement learning to acquire reactive navigation skills. The basic skills needed for reaching a goal whilst avoiding obstacles are encoded as sensation-action associations in a modular neural net. The robot has no a priori knowledge of either the environment or the effect of its actions, and learns on-line using only raw sensory data collected as it moves. The experimental results show that a few trials suffice for the robot to navigate efficiently in a real environment of moderate complexity.

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Authors: MILLÁN J DEL R, JRC Ispra (IT);TORRAS C, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Making Robots Smart: Behavioral Learning Combines Sensing and Action (1998) pp. 87-109
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