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PPLC: Data-driven offline learning approach for excavating control of cutter suction dredgers

Wei, Changyun, Wang, Hao, Bai, Haonan, Ji, Ze ORCID: and Liu, Zenghui 2023. PPLC: Data-driven offline learning approach for excavating control of cutter suction dredgers. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence 125 , 106708. 10.1016/j.engappai.2023.106708

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Cutter suction dredgers (CSDs) play a very important role in the construction of ports, waterways and navigational channels. Currently, most of CSDs are mainly manipulated by human operators, and a large amount of instrument data needs to be monitored in real time in case of unforeseen accidents. In order to reduce the heavy workload of the operators, we propose a data-driven offline learning approach, named Preprocessing-Prediction-Learning Control (PPLC), for obtaining the optimal control policy of the excavating operation of CSDs. The proposed framework consists of three modules, i.e., a data preprocessing module, a dynamics prediction module realized by a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), and a deep reinforcement learning based control module. The first module is responsible for filtering out irrelevant variables through correlation analysis and dimensionality reduction of raw data. The second module works as a state transition function that provides the dynamics prediction of the excavating operation of a CSD. To realize the learning control, the third module employs the Twin Delayed Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (TD3) algorithm to control the swing speed during the excavating operation. The simulation results show that the proposed framework can provide an effective and reliable solution to the automated excavating control of a CSD.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0952-1976
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 June 2023
Date of Acceptance: 21 June 2023
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 17:45

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