Neural network training of an obstacle avoiding robot in simulation

A learning robot ui
Note, in order to run this, you need a copy of MFC71.dll and MRC71R.dll. See the microsoft notes on distributing these files

You can download these files here (for mfc71.dll) and here (for msvcr71.dll). I think you need to put them in the same directory as the exe, but if you are sufficiently familiar with windows to do the "registering dlls" dance, then that might work too.

As a demo, you can download both
  1. the executable (Just a warning, since it is a windows executable, be sure to virus scan it. I would not intentionally put a virus on the web, but if one slipped past my virus scanner it could easily infect every .exe file I build)
  2. A sample other learned net.
  3. The best neural net so far.
  4. 3 million training episodes, hardest obstacle configuration Set the discount factor incorrectly on this one so the robot sometimes just wanders off into nowhere-land.

And the project report

  1. as a gzipped postscript file
  2. as a Microsoft Word document

If you are interested in this visualization, you might also want to see Visualization of neural network learning.

Or you might want to look at my templatized neural ne twork code. Though I would reccomend, if you are writing your own neural network classes, not using templates. Any possible speed benefit derived from templatized neural network classes is probably not worth the restriction of having to re-compile in order to change network topology.
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