Control of Gene Regulatory Networks With Noisy Measurements and Uncertain Inputs Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 IEEE. This paper is concerned with the problem of stochastic control of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) observed indirectly through noisy measurements and with uncertainty in the intervention inputs. The partial observability of the gene states and uncertainty in the intervention process are accounted for by modeling GRNs using the partially observed Boolean dynamical system (POBDS) signal model with noisy gene expression measurements. Obtaining the optimal infinite-horizon control strategy for this problem is not attainable in general, and we apply reinforcement learning and Gaussian process techniques to find a near-optimal solution. The POBDS is first transformed to a directly observed Markov decision process in a continuous belief space, and the Gaussian process is used for modeling the cost function over the belief and intervention spaces. Reinforcement learning then is used to learn the cost function from the available gene expression data. In addition, we employ sparsification, which enables the control of large partially observed GRNs. The performance of the resulting algorithm is studied through a comprehensive set of numerical experiments using synthetic gene expression data generated from a melanoma gene regulatory network.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems

author list (cited authors)

  • Imani, .., & Braga-Neto, U. M.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Braga-Neto, Ulisses M

publication date

  • June 2018