Human-Inspired Multi-Agent Navigation
using Knowledge Distillation

Pei Xu, Ioannis Karamouzas
Clemson University
In 2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems


Despite significant advancements in the field of multi-agent navigation, agents still lack the sophistication and intelligence that humans exhibit in multi-agent settings. In this paper, we propose a framework for learning a human-like general collision avoidance policy for agent-agent interactions in fully decentralized, multi-agent environments. Our approach uses knowledge distillation with reinforcement learning to shape the reward function based on expert policies extracted from human trajectory demonstrations through behavior cloning. We show that agents trained with our approach can take human-like trajectories in collision avoidance and goal-directed steering tasks not provided by the demonstrations, outperforming the experts as well as learning-based agents trained without knowledge distillation.



 author = {Xu, Pei and Karamouzas, Ioannis},
 title = {Human-Inspired  Multi-Agent  Navigation  using  Knowledge  Distillation},
 booktitle={2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems},
 series = {IROS 2021},
 year = {2021},