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Enhancing Multi-agent Coordination via Dual-channel Consensus
Qingyang Zhang1,2; Kaishen Wang1,3; Jingqing Ruan1,2; Yiming Yang1; Dengpeng Xing1,3; Bo Xu1,2,3
Source PublicationMachine Intelligence Research
AbstractSuccessful coordination in multi-agent systems requires agents to achieve consensus. Previous works propose methods through information sharing, such as explicit information sharing via communication protocols or exchanging information implicitly via behavior prediction. However, these methods may fail in the absence of communication channels or due to biased modeling. In this work, we propose to develop dual-channel consensus (DuCC) via contrastive representation learning for fully cooperative multi-agent systems, which does not need explicit communication and avoids biased modeling. DuCC comprises two types of consensus: temporally extended consensus within each agent (inner-agent consensus) and mutual consensus across agents (inter-agent consensus). To achieve DuCC, we design two objectives to learn representations of slow environmental features for inner-agent consensus and to realize cognitive consistency as inter-agent consensus. Our DuCC is highly general and can be flexibly combined with various MARL algorithms. The extensive experiments on StarCraft multi-agent challenge and Google research football demonstrate that our method efficiently reaches consensus and performs superiorly to state-of-the-art MARL algorithms.
KeywordMulti-agent reinforcement learning, contrastive representation learning, consensus, multi-agent cooperation, cognitive consistency
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Document Type期刊论文
Collection学术期刊_Machine Intelligence Research
Affiliation1.Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
2.School of Future Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3.School of Artificial Intelligence, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
First Author AffilicationInstitute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Qingyang Zhang,Kaishen Wang,Jingqing Ruan,et al. Enhancing Multi-agent Coordination via Dual-channel Consensus[J]. Machine Intelligence Research,2024,21(2):349-368.
APA Qingyang Zhang,Kaishen Wang,Jingqing Ruan,Yiming Yang,Dengpeng Xing,&Bo Xu.(2024).Enhancing Multi-agent Coordination via Dual-channel Consensus.Machine Intelligence Research,21(2),349-368.
MLA Qingyang Zhang,et al."Enhancing Multi-agent Coordination via Dual-channel Consensus".Machine Intelligence Research 21.2(2024):349-368.
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