Empowerment as a Generic Utility Function for Agents in a Simple Team Sport Simulation

Daniel Polani, Marcus Clements

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Abstract

Players in team sports cooperate in a coordinated manner to achieve common goals. Automated players in academic and commercial team sports simulations have tradi- tionally been driven by complex externally motivated value functions with heuristics based on knowledge of game tactics and strategy. Empowerment is an information-theoretic mea- sure of an agent’s potential to influence its environment, which has been shown to provide a useful intrinsic value function, without the need for external goals and motivation, for agents in single agent models. In this paper we expand on the concept of empowerment to propose the concept of team empowerment as an intrinsic, generic utility function for coop- erating agents. We show that agents motivated by team empowerment exhibit recognizable team behaviors in a simple team sports simulation based on Ultimate Frisbee.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Collaborative Robotics
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International Conference, ICR 2017, Hatfield, UK, September 12-16, 2017, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages37-49
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319664712
ISBN (Print)9783319664705
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Aug 2017
Event19th International Conference on Speech and Computer SPECOM 2017 - The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sept 201716 Sept 2017
http://specom.nw.ru/

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Speech and Computer SPECOM 2017
Abbreviated titleSPECOM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityHatfield
Period12/09/1716/09/17
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