Self-Supervised Mixture-of-Experts by Uncertainty Estimation


  • Zhuobin Zheng Tsinghua University
  • Chun Yuan Tsinghua University
  • Xinrui Zhu Tsinghua University
  • Zhihui Lin Tsinghua University
  • Yangyang Cheng Tsinghua University
  • Cheng Shi Tsinghua University
  • Jiahui Ye Tsinghua University



Learning related tasks in various domains and transferring exploited knowledge to new situations is a significant challenge in Reinforcement Learning (RL). However, most RL algorithms are data inefficient and fail to generalize in complex environments, limiting their adaptability and applicability in multi-task scenarios. In this paper, we propose SelfSupervised Mixture-of-Experts (SUM), an effective algorithm driven by predictive uncertainty estimation for multitask RL. SUM utilizes a multi-head agent with shared parameters as experts to learn a series of related tasks simultaneously by Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (DDPG). Each expert is extended by predictive uncertainty estimation on known and unknown states to enhance the Q-value evaluation capacity against overfitting and the overall generalization ability. These enable the agent to capture and diffuse the common knowledge across different tasks improving sample efficiency in each task and the effectiveness of expert scheduling across multiple tasks. Instead of task-specific design as common MoEs, a self-supervised gating network is adopted to determine a potential expert to handle each interaction from unseen environments and calibrated completely by the uncertainty feedback from the experts without explicit supervision. To alleviate the imbalanced expert utilization as the crux of MoE, optimization is accomplished via decayedmasked experience replay, which encourages both diversification and specialization of experts during different periods. We demonstrate that our approach learns faster and achieves better performance by efficient transfer and robust generalization, outperforming several related methods on extended OpenAI Gym’s MuJoCo multi-task environments.




How to Cite

Zheng, Z., Yuan, C., Zhu, X., Lin, Z., Cheng, Y., Shi, C., & Ye, J. (2019). Self-Supervised Mixture-of-Experts by Uncertainty Estimation. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 33(01), 5933-5940.



AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning