Reinforcement Learning Toolbox™ software provides predefined Simulink^{®} environments for which the actions, observations, rewards, and dynamics are
already defined. You can use these environments to:

Learn reinforcement learning concepts.

Gain familiarity with Reinforcement Learning Toolbox software features.

Test your own reinforcement learning agents.

You can load the following predefined Simulink environments using the `rlPredefinedEnv`

function.

Environment | Agent Task |
---|---|

Simple pendulum Simulink model | Swing up and balance a simple pendulum using either a discrete or continuous action space. |

Cart-pole Simscape™ model | Balance a pole on a moving cart by applying forces to the cart using either a discrete or continuous action space. |

For predefined Simulink environments, the environment dynamics, observations, and reward signal are
defined in a corresponding Simulink model. The `rlPredefinedEnv`

function creates a
`SimulinkEnvWithAgent`

object that the `train`

function
uses to interact with the Simulink model.

This environment is a simple frictionless pendulum that initially hangs in a downward
position. The training goal is to make the pendulum stand upright without falling over using
minimal control effort. The model for this environment is defined in the
`rlSimplePendulumModel`

Simulink model.

`open_system('rlSimplePendulumModel')`

There are two simple pendulum environment variants, which differ by the agent action space.

Discrete — Agent can apply a torque of either

*T*,_{max}`0`

, or -*T*to the pendulum, where_{max}*T*is the_{max}`max_tau`

variable in the model workspace.Continuous — Agent can apply any torque within the range [-

*T*,_{max}*T*]._{max}

To create a simple pendulum environment, use the `rlPredefinedEnv`

function.

Discrete action space

`env = rlPredefinedEnv('SimplePendulumModel-Discrete');`

Continuous action space

`env = rlPredefinedEnv('SimplePendulumModel-Continuous');`

For examples that train agents in the simple pendulum environment, see:

In the simple pendulum environments, the agent interacts with the environment using a single action signal, the torque applied at the base of the pendulum. The environment contains a specification object for this action signal. For the environment with a:

Discrete action space, the specification is an

`rlFiniteSetSpec`

object.Continuous action space, the specification is an

`rlNumericSpec`

object.

For more information on obtaining action specifications from an environment, see
`getActionInfo`

.

In the simple pendulum environment, the agent receives the following three observation signals, which are constructed within the create observations subsystem.

Sine of the pendulum angle

Cosine of the pendulum angle

Derivative of the pendulum angle

For each observation signal, the environment contains an `rlNumericSpec`

observation specification. All the observations are continuous and unbounded.

For more information on obtaining observation specifications from an environment, see
`getObservationInfo`

.

The reward signal for this environment, which is constructed in the calculate reward subsystem, is

$${r}_{t}=-\left({\theta}_{t}^{2}+0.1\ast {\dot{\theta}}_{t}^{2}+0.001\ast {u}_{t-1}^{2}\right)$$

Here:

*θ*is the pendulum angle of displacement from the upright position._{t}$${\dot{\theta}}_{t}$$ is the derivative of the pendulum angle.

*u*is the control effort from the previous time step._{t-1}

The goal of the agent in the predefined cart-pole environments is to balance a pole on a moving cart by applying horizontal forces to the cart. The pole is considered successfully balanced if both of the following conditions are satisfied:

The pole angle remains within a given threshold of the vertical position, where the vertical position is zero radians.

The magnitude of the cart position remains below a given threshold.

The model for this environment is defined in the
`rlCartPoleSimscapeModel`

Simulink model. The dynamics of this model are defined using Simscape
Multibody™.

`open_system('rlCartPoleSimscapeModel')`

In the Environment subsystem, the model dynamics are defined using Simscape components and the reward and observation are constructed using Simulink blocks.

`open_system('rlCartPoleSimscapeModel/Environment')`

There are two cart-pole environment variants, which differ by the agent action space.

Discrete — Agent can apply a force of

`15`

,`0`

, or`-15`

to the cart.Continuous — Agent can apply any force within the range [

`-15`

,`15`

].

To create a cart-pole environment, use the `rlPredefinedEnv`

function.

Discrete action space

`env = rlPredefinedEnv('CartPoleSimscapeModel-Discrete');`

Continuous action space

`env = rlPredefinedEnv('CartPoleSimscapeModel-Continuous');`

For an example that trains an agent in this cart-pole environment, see Train DDPG Agent to Swing Up and Balance Cart-Pole System.

In the cart-pole environments, the agent interacts with the environment using a single action signal, the force applied to the cart. The environment contains a specification object for this action signal. For the environment with a:

Discrete action space, the specification is an

`rlFiniteSetSpec`

object.Continuous action space, the specification is an

`rlNumericSpec`

object.

For more information on obtaining action specifications from an environment, see
`getActionInfo`

.

In the cart-pole environment, the agent receives the following five observation signals.

Sine of the pole angle

Cosine of the pole angle

Derivative of the pendulum angle

Cart position

Derivative of cart position

For each observation signal, the environment contains an `rlNumericSpec`

observation specification. All the observations are continuous and unbounded.

For more information on obtaining observation specifications from an environment, see
`getObservationInfo`

.

The reward signal for this environment is the sum of three components (*r* = *r _{qr}* +

A quadratic regulator control reward, constructed in the

`Environment/qr reward`

subsystem.$${r}_{qr}=-\left(0.1\ast {x}^{2}+0.5\ast {\theta}^{2}+0.005\ast {u}_{t-1}^{2}\right)$$

An additional reward for when the pole is near the upright position, constructed in the

`Environment/near upright reward`

subsystem.$${r}_{n}=10\ast \left(\left|\theta \right|<0.175\right)$$

A cart limit penalty, constructed in the

`Environment/x limit penalty`

subsystem. This subsystem generates a negative reward when the magnitude of the cart position exceeds a given threshold.$${r}_{p}=-100\ast \left(\left|x\right|\ge 3.5\right)$$

Here:

*x*is the cart position.*θ*is the pole angle of displacement from the upright position.*u*is the control effort from the previous time step._{t-1}