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Evaluating the progress of Deep Reinforcement Learning in the real world: aligning domain-agnostic and domain-specific research
Juan Jose Garau Luis · Edward Crawley · Bruce Cameron

Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) is considered a potential framework to improve many real-world autonomous systems; it has attracted the attention of multiple and diverse fields. Nevertheless, the successful deployment in the real world is a test most of DRL models still need to pass. In this work we focus on this issue by reviewing and evaluating the research efforts from both domain-agnostic and domain-specific communities. On one hand, we offer a comprehensive summary of DRL challenges and summarize the different proposals to mitigate them; this helps identifying five gaps of domain-agnostic research. On the other hand, from the domain-specific perspective, we discuss different success stories and argue why other models might fail to be deployed. Finally, we take up on ways to move forward accounting for both perspectives.

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Juan Jose Garau Luis (MIT)
Edward Crawley (MIT)
Bruce Cameron (MIT)

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