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Spring 2022 GRASP SFI: Scott Guan, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Toward Scalability in Multi-Agent Decision Making”

March 23 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

*This will be a HYBRID Event with in-person attendance in Levine 512 and Virtual attendance via Zoom

While machine learning algorithms have led to tremendous improvements in many multi-agent domains, scalability remains one of the major challenges for multi-agent decision-making. In this talk, we will focus on two aspects of the scalability challenge: (i) number of agents, and (ii) large state space. We will propose possible approaches to remedy both challenges. In the first part, we introduce the mean-field approximation, which simplifies the interactions among a large population of agents. We will present theoretical analysis and convergence results on a class of entropy-regularized mean-field games with optimality bounds. In the second part, we address the large state space issue using two ideas: first, the use of hierarchical decomposition to decompose the original game to a number of smaller games; and second, the approximation of expensive operators (e.g., minimax) to reduce computation time in multi-agent reinforcement learning. Convergence analysis and application to pursuit-evasion games will also be discussed.

Scott Guan

The Georgia Institute of Technology

Yue Guan (Scott) is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, advised by Panagiotis Tsiotras. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. His research interest lies in machine learning, game theory and optimal control, with his PhD work primarily focused on multi-agent decision-making.


March 23
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab
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Levine 512