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Ioannis Athanasiadis

Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing Lab
Wageningen University & Research

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CropGym: a Reinforcement Learning Environment for Crop Management

H. Overweg, H. N. C. Berghuijs, I. N. Athanasiadis

Abstract

Nitrogen fertilizers have a detrimental effect on the environment, which can be reduced by optimizing fertilizer management strategies. We implement an OpenAI Gym environment where a reinforcement learning agent can learn fertilization management policies using process-based crop growth models and identify policies with reduced environmental impact. In our environment, an agent trained with the Proximal Policy Optimization algorithm is more successful at reducing environmental impacts than the other baseline agents we present.

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H. Overweg, H. N. C. Berghuijs, I. N. Athanasiadis, CropGym: a Reinforcement Learning Environment for Crop Management, Computing Research Repository, AIMOCC 2021 Workshop at 9th Int'l Conf Learning Representations (ICLR 2021), 2021.


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