Dynamic Channel Access via Meta-Reinforcement Learning

Ziyang Lu, M. Cenk Gursoy

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In this paper, we address the channel access problem in a dynamic wireless environment via meta-reinforcement learning. Spectrum is a scarce resource in wireless communications, especially with the dramatic increase in the number of devices in networks. Recently, inspired by the success of deep reinforcement learning (DRL), extensive studies have been conducted in addressing wireless resource allocation problems via DRL. However, training DRL algorithms usually requires a massive amount of data collected from the environment for each specific task and the well-trained model may fail if there is a small variation in the environment. In this work, in order to address these challenges, we propose a meta-DRL framework that incorporates the method of Model-Agnostic Meta-Learning (MAML). In the proposed framework, we train a common initialization for similar channel selection tasks. From the initialization, we show that only a few gradient descents are required for adapting to different tasks drawn from the same distribution. We demonstrate the performance improvements via simulation results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings - IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Dec 7 2021Dec 11 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing


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