Neural plasticity and minimal topologies for reward-based learning

2015-03-18T13:47:55Z (GMT) by Andrea Soltoggio
Artificial Neural Networks for online learning problems are often implemented with synaptic plasticity to achieve adaptive behaviour. A common problem is that the overall learning dynamics are emergent properties strongly dependent on the correct combination of neural architectures, plasticity rules and environmental features. Which complexity in architectures and learning rules is required to match specific control and learning problems is not clear. Here a set of homosynaptic plasticity rules is applied to topologically unconstrained neural controllers while operating and evolving in dynamic reward-based scenarios. Performances are monitored on simulations of bee foraging problems and T-maze navigation. Varying reward locations compel the neural controllers to adapt their foraging strategies over time, fostering online reward-based learning. In contrast to previous studies, the results here indicate that reward-based learning in complex dynamic scenarios can be achieved with basic plasticity rules and minimal topologies. © 2008 IEEE.